Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jack, the runner (part 2)

Last fall, Jack jumped at the chance to join his school's running club. It gave him a chance to get out and exercise...and chat with his friends. I didn't know what we expected for his first time out at a 5K, especially since it was packed with people.

He ended up finishing the 5K in one hour and 20 minutes.

We kept encouraging him that it didn't matter when he finished, as long as did finish.

Over the winter - thanks to breaks in the weather - we would work out together on the school tracks. We kept encouraging him to aim for the next 5K in just an hour. That's it - 20 minutes to shave off. That's do-able!

We quickly saw in him that he would rather sprint the first 1/2 mile and then literally stop to pick the flowers by the track. His focus wasn't there, and nothing was going to change that.

Running club picked up again this spring, and I could tell he wasn't the fastest one there. Some days I didn't even know if he really enjoyed it. We figured we would get through the spring 5K and go from there.

We went there today. It was in downtown Olathe and much smaller than his first race. Once again, we primed him to just do his best.

Just go out there and run.

Here is his entire running club:

It was time to start lining up - he was pumped!

Before we knew it, he was off! My photo of that initial start is really, really fuzzy, so I opted not to even edit it. BUT he was off! We moved to the finish line and waited. And waited.

At 17 minutes, the first few runners doing the 5K (and not the 10K) trickled in. We cheered, especially for the kids running so hard.

At the 40 minute mark, more of Jack's peers started to appear.

Around the 50 minute mark, we were sure he would be pulling up the rear. We still cheered loudly, when we saw someone we knew:

Hey! I knew those shoes - those shorts. I knew this kid!!

Before we knew it, he blew through the finish line:

Just shy of 52 minutes, he had not only decreased his running time by nearly 30 minutes, but also proved he loved it! Unlike some runners who crossed with sour looks on their faces (as in, they were done running and nothing could change that), he felt so confident.

Sure he was exhausted. 

 Sure it had been an early morning.

But he had DONE IT!!

Great job, Jack!

Friday, May 1, 2015

The great fishing lesson

Lesson learned: Don't let go of the rod.


At least we were able to get it back!