On Sunday, my family and I went to Clementon Amusement park for the 2nd Annual Clementon Park Classic.  Gordon and the girls were doing their first 1 mile walk/run race and I was doing my first 5k.  My kids were so excited!  We even all got race bib numbers to wear!  At 8:30, the 1 mile race was underway.  I found a shady spot to sit and wait for 9:00-the start of my 5k.  After about 9 minutes, the first kids came running to the finish line.  Then, I saw Anna and Samantha come running around the corner!!!  I was soooo excited to see them coming!  They were running strong and determined.  They finished in the top 10 around 12 minutes!!! 

Anna was so excited about the whole event.  She couldn’t wait to take her bib number to school on Monday to show everyone and said she wanted to do more races.  I felt my job for the day was done!  That’s all I wanted.  I wanted to expose them to the world of running and hoped that at least one of them would enjoy it as much as me.

Then it was my turn to line up.  It was so hot and humid and I was still feeling a bit tired from running 16 miles the day before.  I hoped I didn’t come in last for my kids to see that!  I ran as fast as I could (which isn’t very fast) and tried to enjoy it.  There were a lot of boys in the race (about 13 years old) and it felt great to be able to keep up with them.  I even ran and chatted with one for a bit.  My goal was to do it in 23 minutes.  I finished in 25, a bit disappointed, but happy to be towards the front.

When it was time for the awards, I had my fingers crossed that I got 3rd in my age group.  I knew I had a chance, or at least hoped.  They called 3rd place and then I realized I had run in before her (I had scoped out the field to try to pick out my competitors and she looked strong).  Maybe I got 2nd!  They called out 2nd..no it wasn’t me.  At this point in time, I was just confused.  Then they called out 1st.  It was me!!!!!  I got the 1st place plaque for my age group and my children were there to see it.  What a great day!

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