We headed out at 6AM, arriving in Huntington Beach at 7AM. We parked about a half mile from the starting line and walked over. It was perfect timing.
We took a couple of pictures, then jumped in the starting chutes. A boy from the local high school sang the National Anthem and off we went. Unfortunately my Runkeeper didn't start when we did. It turned out to be a good thing, because I was able to let my daughter pace us without worrying about going faster. She did great! She had to "pull over" twice to tie her shoes and needed a walk break twice. But both were brief and we finished in 56:40. The experience was positive, despite the weather. I loved that it was a cool 50 degrees, but I DON'T run in the rain...ever. Luckily it was just cool but beautiful when we began. Then about mile 3 the drizzle started. Ok I'm not that big of a wimp, I can run in drizzle. But by mile 4, it was RAINING! Hello, I don't run in rain! At that point, if I'd been alone I would've sprinted just to get it over with. But my daughter didn't have any sprint in her at that point and was just wanting to keep it at a slow jog. So we continued along, trying to joke around as we went. Finally we were close to the finish and were able to give a push to get there. We were going to wait at the finish to cheer on a friend, but it was freezing. We grabbed an apple and water and headed the half mile back to the car. That half mile seemed like another 3 miles! It was pouring, we were freezing and just wanted to get warm. We stopped briefly to take a photo and then got to the car and stripped off our wet clothes!
All in all it was a fun race and I think my daughter was happy she did it. Now it's the wait for Vegas! I hope that turns out to be just as great of an experience for her too. Let's just hope for good weather!!
What did you do this weekend? Have you run any longer races with your children or parents? What was your experience?