On Saturday, my son ran the Aquarium of the Pacific Kid’s Fun Run in Long Beach. This race was a free race in conjunction with the Long Beach ICB Marathon and Half Marathon. This was not my son’s first race. His last race was on the 4th of July, where he had some difficulties (tripping over adults and small children, chaos!).
Before we even got to the race, Angry Kid had a soccer game. Yes, an 8am soccer game where he played the entire time. It was one of those games that took forever. But he knew that he had the race after, and ironically he didn’t whine. He even got his shoes ready the night before.
We got to the race on time, and waited for the 7-year old group to start. While we were watching we saw some super fast kids in the 8 and 9 yr old divisions. I think Angry Kid got the hint that he was there to run. When it was time to get ready, they placed all the kids in a waiting space. They didn’t allowed adults to run with the kids which made everything 100% better. When the adults run with their kids, they only pay attention to their kid, which causes confusion and chaos. Believe me, we experienced that on the 4th of July.
I was so proud of Angry Kid when I saw him coming around the bend, he was running full force. I loved seeing him run. I think all of my crazy running lately has motivated him somewhat. This kid has some speed and energy, and I knew that running would be the perfect way to channel all of that.
At the end of the race, he got a shiny medal with a cute penguin on it, plus he got a free ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific. I had to take a ton of photos to share of course. My husband asked if he ran and finished running the race, I said of course! I quickly texted the husband a picture also.
After the race, Angry Kid was a trooper. He walked back to the Official Race Expo with me so that I could pick up my race bib and other stuff for the Long Beach Half Marathon the next day. He LOVED the race expo. It was hilarious. He tried all of the different types of energy bars and drinks. You should have seen the faces that he made.
I think his favorite part of the expo was making this poster for me. He was going to be home while I was out running but he made me a little “support poster”. Ironically, I call him the “mean running coach” because he wrote, “Go Faster” twice on the poster. He says the same thing when I’m running and he rides his bike alongside me.
I think that this race was a great new opportunity for Angry Kid. He even wore his running shoes to school today, because he wanted to run to school. He is signed up for another kid’s race in December, but I might sign him up for a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot also. I’m not quite sure yet.
I will be posting about my race, which was my first half marathon, soon…I need to recover a bit more.