Spencer ran a steady race with his Aunt Elisabeth. He is confident and unflappable and I can see him being a peaceful, solid long-distance trail runner some day.
Grant and his best friend William were off like a shot, I could hardly keep up with them for the first bit. William peeled off and then it was just Grant and I for 3.1 miles of jogging, some walking, a few random sprints, and one unexpected leap over a traffic cone. It's never dull running with a 9-year-old. The uphill finish gave me a chance to deliver perhaps my finest motivational speech about toughness!!! Merry Christmas, Grant (haha!).
Grant finished in dramatic fashion, collapsing in a heap on the muddy ground at the end. But he rebounded and a steaming cup of hot chocolate made everything right in his world again.
Not only was this a great morning of fellowship, but the race was a fundraiser for the family of officer Deriek Crouse who was fatally shot on our campus a few short weeks ago.
|William, me, Grant, sister in law Elisabeth, Spencer, and Davis|
|The elite runners warming up|
On my Santa run yesterday my friend Anne happened by so I had my own personal paparazzi!! Thanks to her for these pictures!! Things are quiet around here so I'm going to buzz out for a quick bike ride. Hmmmm...I wonder if the Santa hat will fit on my bike helmet?!?!
|Too much fun!!|