Well, the race was on Saturday.
Josh and Annie signed up for the one-mile run, Courtney Lee signed up for the three mile run (but ended up with the flu) and Cole and I signed up for the 10 mile race.
By the time we got down to the starting line of Annie's race, she was a big ball of nerves.
Once their race started, Coley and I took off running for the porta-potties (nervous energy for us too), thinking we'd make it back in plenty of time for them to finish the race.
By the time we made it through the porta-potty line though, they had already finished (which means I didn't get a picture of them crossing the finish line).
Josh Downs took this one of us afterwards though...
And I took this one...
And then it was time for Coley and I to get ready for our own race.
Cole and I had a plan to stop every three miles so he could catch his breath.
I guess he was just caught up in the excitement of the race though because he never even noticed when we passed the three-mile marker (or the four-mile marker for that matter.)
By the time we hit the five-mile marker, I said, "Congratulations Cole, you're halfway through the race already!" And then we stopped to grab a drink of water and to hit the porta-potties again.
At mile seven, Coley had a mini-meltdown, so we stopped alongside the road to rest and pray and talk.
The last mile was hard on him so I just let him set the pace and kept reminding him that this day was going to stand out in his mind forever - that no matter how many races he finished in the future, this one would be the one he'd remember the most since it was his first.
And it may just be the one I remember the most too; the race where I got to look over and see my 11 year old son keeping pace with me for 10 straight miles.
The finish line we crossed together.
We ran (no walking) the whole thing, minus those two short breaks in 1:49 (which is only 12 minutes longer than it took me to finish it on my own last year) and we placed 1118 and 1119 out of 1465 participants.
Cole was the 5th youngest kid to run it.
I'm pretty proud of you Taz (and you too Lightening Legs, Road Runner and Ninja-T.)