Calvin, my mom and sister, gave us a ride to the start. Dan and the other littles walked from our house to around the 4 mile marker so that they could cheer us on mid race. Before too long, we were lined up and ready to run.
Unfortunately, I forgot my watch, but I tried to take splits on my phone. Mile 1 = 10:36, definitely not too bad for uphill and eating donuts. Mile 2 = 8:34, gravity played a huge role in that one. (Those were the only two splits I remember though and I accidentally deleted them off my phone.)
Once we hit the flat parts and the distance started adding up, Emme's confidence waned a bit. She took a bit longer at the water stops, we started walking some stretches and we even stopped for a bit at the portapotties. It didn't take too much to get her rallied again though so we never lost that much time. Mostly she was really happy and enjoying the atmosphere.
|Flying down the hill.|
|Mid race selfie|
|Picutre of Dan taking a picture of us.|
|Leona picked some festive flowers.|
|Euan hiding from everyone.|
Right around mile 6, Emme started to shut down. She was really hurting and practically crying as she ran along chanting, "I want to stop, I want to stop, I want to stop!" I told her three things: 1. It's too hard to run while crying (trust me, I know). 2. No one stops at mile 6 of a 6.2 mile race and 3. She needed to be more positive. I guess that's all it took because all of a sudden she said, "I want to go, I want to go!" and she did. She was off and I literally had to sprint to finish close behind her.
|Green shirt boy, just in front of her.|
|(Thanks for the pics, Stephnie!)|
Ok so here are a few things I think my mom left out. I didn't want her to talk about the portapottie, but since she did I think it's important to note that the one I went in was out of TP and I had to wait until my mom could get me some. Also, at one point by the south eugene track on the bridge there was a woman with a water buffalo hat on and a person running next to us said "Tatonka". I didn't get it at first but my mom was laughing and she explained that it is from a movie, Dances with Wolves, my aunt Stephanie's favorite. My favorite sign said "Let's go kick some butte". Get it? :-) I had a good time and the donut was really good. Next year I want a chocolate one!