Saturday, May 30, 2009

Greenville Downtown 5k run 1/24/09

Now after finishing the Rear in Gear races on the 3rd, Aly started looking for races to sign up for so the next one was the Greenville news 5k.  So she signed up the whole family except for Ryder who is going to be 2 in May.  I had also tried to find a marathon to run and signed up for the ING in Atlanta on 3/29.  Also Aly, Ariel and Brooke (our two oldest daughters) signed up for the 1/2 at the same time.  So we got on Hal Higdon's program and started right in on the training. So the next few weeks we followed the miles chart and once we did this it started to seem like we could do this thing.  One of the benefits running has given is Aly and I really do enjoy doing it together and we do it a lot at least 4 times a week.  
So we got everything ready for the whole family that's seven of us, luckily Kyle (Ariel's boyfriend) said he would watch Ryder at the race so we all could be there.  This was going to be awesome!  The night before I got the shoes ready and took a shot of them with my camera.  Thought it looked pretty cool.  Anyway race morning came and it again turned out to be an awesome day for a race, like 50 and sunny.  We all headed downtown and parked at Starbuck's tried to warm up a little and got ready to run.  
The plan was I would run with Parker who is 8 and the rest would meet at the finish line.  The race went excellent and everyone finished great.  I was so proud of Parker as we ran consistently faster every mile and passed Spencer a couple of times the last time was just before the finish line but Spencer wouldn't let that happen so he sprinted in just ahead of him.
Everyone had a great time and finished real strong so we are really proud of them.

Brooke perplexed after finishing her second race.  What?  I really do have to run thru the finishing chute to get my time recorded.

No it was really confusing at the time she went thru as they had the finish line banner about 50 yards from the chip time recorder.  So she didn't get her time recorded, oh well she still was at the finish around 23:30 which we are very proud of.

Ariel, Brandi and their aunt Marci.  After the race,  Ariel's time was 28:42 and Brandi's was 30:47 unbelievable for their very first race.

Great job girls we are very proud of you.  By the way Marci ran a 23:15 and after this is when Aly starts telling them to join the ING marathon with us.

Ryder with Kyle that was so cool as Parker and I got to see them on the course when Kyle pushed him to see us.

Aly and Brandi at the finish line, they did great Aly finished in 27:56 and Brandi our 11 year old in 30:47 great run girls you did awesome!

This is Parker the 8 year old passing Spencer at 14 just before the finish line with me in the back just proud as I can be what a great day.  Spencer finished in 28:26 (just sorta jogging the whole time except when Parker caught him), Parker 28:28 and me 28:30.

Great job guys way to go!

                         The Family's Shoes night before.

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