So this Saturday my daughter Jen (along with her darling hubster Jeremy) ran her first ever 5K race. She had decided quite a few months ago that this was something she really wanted to do ~ and let me tell you.. once that girl decides she is going to do something ~ there is no stopping her. She started training, building up her endurance. Come rain or shine that girl ran every day. When she was here for a visit, I rode my bike along with her. It was hard but she never gave up. Anyway, Saturday was the big day. Richard, Nate and I drove up to Jacksonville to cheer them on. Here they are just before the race
And they are off ...
And here she is finishing the race ... The time shown is not her "official" time since they started the race about 10 seconds late and by the time she crossed the starting line it was probably 30 seconds in so she may have actually beaten the 34 minute mark. I was so proud of her, I actually got choked up as she crossed the finish line.
A really great "Awww" moment though... Jeremy crossed the finish line about 6 minutes before her (he was a runner in high school) and we cheered as he passed us but then we lost site of him ~ of course I was busy waiting to see Jen coming in and when I did see her I looked for Jeremy cause I wanted to make sure he saw her finish. Well the darling man that he is, after he finished the race he ran back until he found her and actually finished with her! Go ahead, you know you want to say it... AWWWW!!! Isn't he the best?
Anyway... here is some video of her crossing the finish line... and yes, that's my big mouth you hear cheering for her.
And not to leave Jeremy out ~ here he is finishing as well...
And here is the happy couple (not only happily married but happily done with the race.
There was a great after party in the park with free beer for the runners. I think both Jen and Jeremy had their fair share.
I was so happy to be able to be there for her and to see her accomplish this goal. So what's next, you might ask... well training for an even longer run! That's my girl!