Some of you might be surprised to find out that Nathan is going to be running the Disney half marathon in January. No one was more shocked than me when he said he was going to start training for it, because in the over 9 years that we have been dating/married, I’ve seen him work out a grand total of about 5 times. Well guess what, people? It’s really happening!
Several months ago, he started with the Couch to 5k running program. It’s a 10 week program that takes you from sitting around on your couch (us) to running a 5k! It starts out slow. When I say slow, I mean you walk 5 minutes, jog 2 minutes, walk 5 minutes. Anyone can do that! After he finished C25K, he moved on to his half marathon training, which is a combination of the Galloway plan and what Track Shack recommends.
Two weeks ago was his very first “real” race, the “U Can Finish 5 miler at UCF. The kids and I went to cheer him on. Of course, the one day in Charlie’s life that he decided to sleep past 6am was the day that we needed to be up an at ‘em, so we actually had to wake him up. He was so excited to be out and about so early in the morning!
We found the perfect cheering place that allowed us to see the runners pass by twice, be a short walk to the finish line, and was also within earshot of the music fraternity that was serenading the runners. About 30 minutes into the race, Charlie noticed an older boy in front of us sticking his hand out to give high fives to the runners.
Charlie took this as an invitation to start giving them out, too! At first he ran straight into the sidewalk with me bolting after him. I set him up in a spot on the side and taught him how to hold his hand out and within seconds, runners were veering out of their way to high five him! This resulted in high pitched squeals, giggles and comments like ” That was a sweaty one!!!” every time. It was very cute and entertaining!
Nathan finished with a great time, about 47 minutes! We are so proud of him and can’t wait to cheer him on in January