This past weekend, we ran the 2nd annual Cape Cod Beer Race to the Pint as a family. The weather report was not ideal! It was chilly with a strong chance of rain. Thankfully, the rain held off, but it was still pretty raw. We all bundled up and headed to the race.
Just as the last 5k we ran together, both boys were running with me. None of us had been consistent in training and we weren’t too sure what to expect. While the boys were a little frustrated with each other at the beginning of the race, they settled down when we came up with a plan.
We ran one minute and walked one minute and the youngest was able to go ahead with one mile left. Once we had settled on the plan, they eased up and were more fun to run with. They became chatty and ultimately enjoyed the experience.
With each race, they learn a little bit more about pacing and training. What once seemed easy to do without much training is no longer a walk in the park. Moving forward, we will train a bit more and see how it goes!
You may recall, we ran this race last year and our youngest experienced every running emotion possible over three miles (you can read about it here). This year, we stayed at a New Year’s party until the ball dropped – making everyone a little tired. Of course, my husband and I still planned on going and “coerced” the little men out the door.
The weather was perfect for a January run in Massachusetts, sunny and 43*. The crowd was a little bigger than last year’s and everyone seemed in good spirits. We met up with one of my running friends as we were walking to get our numbers. (Our color scheme wasn’t planned 😉)As always, I ran with our youngest (carrying his inhaler), but this time the oldest joined us; rather than run ahead. The boys and I picked our plan: running to a landmark the youngest picks, walking to the next one, etc.We had a great time, we talked and laughed and ran plenty! It’s funny when you walk/run because you pass the same people along the course. There were a few families moving along at our pace making for a fun and festive time.
While it took some effort getting out the door, it was a great experience. I may have threatened that we won’t do it next year, but I changed my mind 😉
One of my favorite things about my running journey is the addition of running with the kids. It is nice to have races to run with my husband and different races to run with the entire family. The Shamrock Shuffle was a great race to run with the kids.
We ventured up early to check out the course and the sights. The race began and ended by Plymouth Rock and went along the water. It gave us the opportunity to play tourist and meet up with friends!
The race had a good turnout and there was a lot of green!
We split up at the start according to our paces. I was running with our youngest. He was enthusiastic the first time we ran a 5k together and was less enthusiastic the second time. He really wanted to do this race so I was hopeful.
He was a complete joy through the entire race. There was a running commentary the whole time and he was excited to pick out scenery shots along the way. He still doesn’t maintain a consistent pace so there is a lot of running and walking. I let him determine our pace and followed his lead. It worked out well!
Our oldest finished with his best time (26:01) and placed second in his age group! The entire day was a great success and we can’t wait for the next one!!