Hubby and I didn’t register for Unilab’s Run United for Wellness, but the kids did. My, how the tables have turned!
– My little runners –
TBR Jr. was well-prepared for this one. The night before, we broke the good news to him: Since the race was only 500m, we would allow him to sprint until the end. There would be absolutely no talk of pacing or slowing down. “I can run fast?!” he asked with glee. “Yup!” we answered. And, with that one reply, his eyes were beaming with excitement.
As for the little one, she was quite anxious about Kuya leaving her behind. So, we told her that we would just show up for the race and she would decide there if she would run or not.
We arrived at Bonifacio High Street a little after 6:30 a.m. for the kids’ 500m dash of the race. We parked at the far end of BHS not knowing we had parked at the opposite side of the kids’ race.
We saw the 21km runners coming in and wondered where our race would start. By that time, it was around 6:50 a.m. Then, we spotted the kids in the orange helmets and realized we only had a few minutes to spare before the race started.
TBR Jr. and I ran towards the race start while Hubby and Little Miss TBR, who woke up on the wrong side of the bed and had a monster attitude that morning, strolled along behind.
TBR Jr. and I ran, and ran, and ran. In between breaths, TBR Jr. said he was getting tired. Uh oh, we hadn’t even reached the race yet!
Thankfully, we made it in time. And, hubby and daughter who just walked…made it just in time, too.
When the gun went off, TBR Jr. waited for me as if to ask if he could run already. I said to him: “Go, I’ll follow. No need to look back. I’ll be behind you all the way.” And so he ran…
Still, he would look behind again and again, checking if I was still there. Again, I told him: “Just go as fast as you can. I’m running behind you.” It was in the last few meters, just after we turned towards the end, that he went full speed ahead, confident that his mom got his back all the way to the finish.
After a few minutes, we caught sight of Hubby and Little Miss TBR walking towards the finish. She was still in an awful mood even if Kuya had ran back into the race to encourage her. Well, no one can really force Little Miss TBR to do anything she doesn’t want to. (Wonder where she got that!)
This was TBR Jr.’s first race that he ran all the way; no stops nor breaks. Wooohoo! It was a good lesson on self-confidence for my boy. And, the first lesson on letting go for Mommy.