Well, he had wanted the kids and I to come up and run the local 5K with him in the spring. We talked about it off and on since about December and when we finally figured out the dates we all signed up. I was running a little with the boys at run club and at home and Dad continued to train up in Decatur. The closer it got, the more trash talk there was on who was going to be faster, Stuart or Poppa. (They are just alike.)
We got up there Friday and my dad drove the course with me. This I thought so funny only because I do the same thing! I thought he was just going to be in the mindset of "I can run 3 miles, I can do a 5K." Ummmm...no....there is no telling how many times he had driven the course since they put it up on their website. He knew where every hill was and which ones were steeper than others. He had a plan for his 5K. I found out this weekend I am much more like my dad than I thought. The way he planned his race, the way he obsessed about race results after we got home, the way he thinks about the race...yeh....let's just say this apple didn't fall far from the tree...I felt like I was looking in the mirror. It was pretty funny. Now when he tells me I might be competitive or hard headed, I can just inform him he is just like me. :-)
|Race course...driven multiple times... :-)|
|OSP - ready to race!|
|Big smiles...Let's do this!|
|Poppa is gone! Way ahead here! Stuart is showing off his guns!|
|Finish Line Stuart!|
We waited for the awards to see if anyone would win anything and Dad got second in his age group and Stuart got third in the 0-14 age group! (Chase came in 4th but didn't get a medal...bummer...)
|Chase, Poppa, and Stuart after the race!|
|3rd Place Age Group|
So let me tell me you a little more about my dad - 8 years ago he had a heart attack and had bypass surgery -the month before Stuart was born. His heart stopped on the operating table...Needless to say, we are very lucky that he is still here. That being said, what is so amazing, is that he hasn't let that stop him in the least. He went out there this weekend and flat out kicked that race's ass! He has run for about 8 months now all by himself. He doesn't have a group, or even a friend to run with because they live so far out in the country. He does it for himself. I freakin' love that! I don't know that if I lost all my running friends that I would be so motivated to keep running like he does. I admire his dedication.
I thought of my dad when I read this...No excuses.
Over the past year, I have been blessed to do 5k's with both my parents - Mom did hers last May and then this past weekend with my Dad. What an amazing role model my kids have in grandparents! I love them both more than anything!