The Great Train Race 2016

It’s about time I caught up on some blog posts! The school year is winding down, I am falling more into a routine as a single mom, and while it’s still very hard it’s becoming more manageable. Through it all, I’m still finding time to do some really fun things with my boys, including the children’s Great Train Race in downtown Fredericksburg on May 1st.

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Last year, Kevin and I participated in the quarter mile Caboose Run just a couple weeks before Kyler was born, and we had a blast. It was a super hot day, but Kevin did great. A quarter mile was perfect for his age at the time (2.5) and his attention span (0). Since then, he’s really taken an interest in running and has increased his distance and speed some. He can run up to a mile, but I decided he should step up the George Washington half mile race this year.

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Look how much he’s grown!

The race started mid-morning like last year, but unlike last year which was very warm and sunny, it was cold and POURING rain! That’s May in Virginia for you, totally unpredictable. We got there a little early and waited in the car to avoid getting too soaked and cold before the race began. Even despite the weather, there were tons of enthusiastic kids out and ready to run the quarter mile, half mile, and mile races.

The race started right on time at 11 AM, and Kevin was MORE than ready to go. He ran holding my hand at first which was so sweet, but once the crowd thinned out he got a little more comfortable and let go.

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Right after the race started the rain picked up even more. I wasn’t sure what he would do but he just smiled and laughed the whole time, and kept looking up at me in disbelief that we were running in the rain. It made me so happy.

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We made a u-turn around the halfway point to run to the finish line, and he started to slow down a bit. The rain was getting in his eyes, but he was still either smiling or sticking out his tongue to catch the rain 🙂

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Right before the end of the race, I unknowingly took almost the same picture as last year, with just a few differences. Kev has grown, my belly has shrunk, and totally opposite weather! One thing remains the same though – the happiness and pride that I had watching my little boy run his heart out!

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We ran past the finish line, Kevin collected his medal, and then he immediately asked to do it again!

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One disappointing thing about the race compared to last year (which was totally out of anyone’s control) was the weather kept us from enjoying the post-race party this time. We took a few quick photos and listened to a song or two, but then we headed out to get dry and warm. Hopefully next year’s weather will be better!

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I wore my Garmin just for fun to see how long it took us to run the half mile, and I was actually very impressed with his pace! Not bad for a 3 1/2 year old!

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I really love being able to make such special memories with my kids, and it’s just a bonus that it happened to involve something I also love very much – running! I hope to make The Great Train Race a yearly tradition for a long time.

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