I had been planning to do this race for over a year. Despite being a bit anti-climactic, it was a great experience! We finished as a family of four in two hours and thirty three minutes after a couple photo op breaks, two Brad bathroom breaks, and zero Amy bathroom breaks (I was shocked that I made it the whole way without having to go, that is not like me). My goal was two hours and thirty minutes, and I would have blown that out of the water but somebody didn't think he had to train (ahem, Brad) so we didn't keep a very even pace after mile #10. He's going to train next time, and we plan on eventually doing a full marathon as a family (perhaps with two double strollers?)! Here are some photos from that morning:
0500 pre-race family photo.
Getting the kids comfy in the stroller. They were so good the whole time!
Daddy holding onto the stroller while mommy waited in the LONG pre-race potty line.
Not so cute of me, but adorable of Jocelyn!
Pausing just past the 11 mile marker to take a picture with a beautiful back drop at the Diamondhead lookout.
Sam, showing off his purple. I made shirts for the kids that said, "My mom is running 13.1 miles for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training".
Jocelyn's shirt. I thought the LLS logo was cute because it almost looks like they are wearing race bib numbers across their tummies!
Both kids represented Team Hayes, of course.
As did Brad.
We ran for two people who were lost to blood cancer, my aunt Marcia's mother, Dorothy Rosander, and our friend Jason Gillett who Brad worked with at Offutt AFB.
Sam's first sunglasses!
Team Hayes right after crossing the finish line!
A photo my sister Amanda took of us after the race.
A reenactment of us crossing the finish line, because Amanda missed the real thing! ;)
The round hibiscus stone was my award for 3rd place in the double stroller division...which wasn't really a division...and I'm pretty sure there were only three double strollers anyway, but I'm still excited that Alicia (the LLS TNT coordinator) gave it to me when it was left unclaimed from another division! :)