|Rank||42,316 of 49,208|
|GPS Analysis||Garmin Connect|
After a 1.5 mile jog back to the start, I was ready to have some fun. I located wave PA and there on the front line was my mother, Carole (62), and my daughter, Sydney (8), ready to race. We had about 20 minutes to kill as we slowly shuffled forwards to the start line. Sydney was getting anxious. “When do we start?”, she would ask me. I would countdown the minutes and they clicked by but that didn’t mean much. You can’t hold back a kid that’s ready to go.
My Mom is a walker and Sydney was there to run so I wasn’t sure how this was going to work. But as soon as the gun went off, I found out. I was taking a picture. My Mom was winding up her brisk walking pace and Sydney was gone! She just took off up through the crowd in a total sprint. Uh oh. I went chasing after her. Found here a ways ahead and she was slowing up looking for us. Huge smile on her face. You couldn’t have run in a more zigzag manner. She just went from side to side waving, looking and running. I just stayed left and kept an eye on her. We would pop to the curb and wait for Carole to catch back up with us. Then go with her for a bit before shooting off again.
Syd would stop and check out most musical acts. A total stop and watch. Here was one of her favorite acts.
At mile 2, Sydney needed a bathroom break. Carole went ahead and motored on. Figured we could catch her and this would give us some running buffer. We were in line for maybe 5 minutes. That mile was our slowest split of the day of course. But we shot out of there and then started running pretty steadily to make up time and catch Carole.
We started getting nervous after a mile of not finding her. Then another 1/2 mile. So I called her and located her. We caught up to her and that seemed to relieve Sydney. She was distracted by not knowing if her Grandma was in front or behind or lost.
That work to catch up wore Sydney down a bit and she went into walk mode for nearly the rest of the race. Holding hands with Grandma, talking about what they saw, etc. Carole could tell Sydney was fading so she was using all her skills to keep Sydney’s mind off the race. “So tell me about that movie you want to watch tonight”, she said. Having kids tell you the script of a movie is always painful but it was a good time killer here. They got some candy from the sidelines and later a Popsicle. These perked things back up and life was getting better. We passed Brownie at mile 5 who was cheering us on. I knew we were going to make it.
As we were on the final street, I asked Sydney if she wanted to run it in or walk it in. She had rebounded. RUN! She was gone. Kind of tore at me because I felt like I wanted everyone to cross the line together. But a race is individual and I was there to guide Sydney to the finish and she wanted to run it so we ran it. Leaving Carole behind to finish on her own. Entering the stadium! I didn’t tell her that the finish was kind of a big deal. She was expecting a line on the street.
I went to the outside while she ran on the inside. I was yelling at her in my loudest voice. GO SYDNEY! GO! GO SYDNEY GO! She had a huge smile and was running and laughing.
She crossed the line and I picked her up over my head. YOU DID IT! I knew she could all along but I wanted her to have a great finish to help wash away that pain from the middle of the race. I didn’t run a 10K until my mid-30s. She just finished on at 8. Hopefully more to come!
About a minute later, we were cheering as Carole crossed the line! This was actually her 2nd Bolder Boulder. She walked it in 2002 as well.
We went through the post-race tents and got our stuff. Then walked slowly back along the course watching the others finish. We found Brownie and hung out with him while waiting for the elites to run by on the same course. Ryan Hall, the fastest American marathoner ever, came right by us.
From there, we had to get back to the start line to get to my truck. Finally, got inside and everyone was relieved to be off their feet after a wonderful morning of racing in Boulder!
I went 6.43 miles with an elevation gain of 218 feet in 01:44:24, which is an average pace of 16:14. Heart rate average was 95. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.