We all ran in a family trail event yesterday. My youngest ran 500m, the two older children ran 5k, and we adults ran 10km. My mother came along to help us with the kids.
It took some persuading to get my youngest to run, but he ran with my husband, and enjoyed himself.
My daughter doesn't like competing, and this was her first time at this event, but she enjoyed herself - finishing in just around 35 minutes. My eldest is a born runner, but he sprained his foot a couple of weeks ago. He seemed to have recovered quickly, but wasn't too thrilled about participating (mostly out of teen laziness). We convinced him to walk the distance. Luckily his competitiveness kicked in, and he ran most of it, coming in at 34 minutes.
The 10km is two loops of the 5km. It's fairly undulating, and I always struggle with this course, always getting poor times. This year I was saved by a man who I chased for 3km. I passed him with 1km to go, which he didn't like, forcing me to run for my life. So I ended up finishing in 69 minutes, 4 minutes better than last year. Hubby finished in 65. Most surprisingly for me, though, was that I ended up on the podium. Thanks to this being a small local race, I had come in 3rd for my age group! No bling for me, but I got a nice little plaque.
Best of all, though, was my daughter declaring that she had enjoyed herself and was looking forward to more races.