Joy Through Running Together

I’ve been quite of a slacker on working out and running for the past year.  I blame it all on stress, but really I’m the one to blame.  I make excuse after excuse on why I can’t go to the gym, run, etc. About a month ago, I signed up to run a half marathon race in January.  I made that commitment to myself.  Of course, I completely freaked out about running in the past week or so.  I actually ran four days in a row, and even did a 5K run on the 4th of July.

The best part about running the Surf City 5K today, was Angry Kid also ran the Kid’s Race.  I kept asking him if he wanted to run, and he could never commit.  Angry Husband even told me a few days ago that Angry Kid did not want to run on the 4th of July.  Well on Sunday, I went to get my race packet and Angry Kid decided to run the Kid’s Race, a 1/2 mile. I signed Angry Kid up and got his Official Race Number.

I had my mom take this picture with my iPhone before my 5K Race started.  You should have seen her trying to figure out my iPhone and the camera function. It was hilarious, but the picture turned out great.  Angry Kid was super excited to run the Kid’s Run, and he was also excited for me to run my race.

I pushed myself during my run (wow, I have gotten a little slow in my downtime), and made it back before the Kid’s Race. The announcer was soo great.  He told the kid’s that if they passed the Police Motorcycles whom were leading the race, that the kid’s would get to keep the motorcycle.  Angry Kid wanted to win a motorcycle to give to me or his daddy. It was too cute.  He ran as fast as he could.  It was a great day because Angry Kid and I had a bonding moment over running the races.

It brought so much joy to see my son get the medal at the end of the race, and to see him all ready to run the race.  We were a great team.

Angry Kid and Angry Julie getting ready to run the Surf City 5K

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