My oldest son isn’t really interested in exercise. So signing up for the MO’ Cowbell was originally going to be a son/dad effort. His first attempt at running. We started on the Ease into 5K. For various reasons it didn’t go well.
I took him for a 3 mile walk a couple of weeks before the race. He got through it but stopped several times and complained of his feet hurting. I was very nervous about how race day would go.
My own training had been going well. My fastest training pace was 8:00. But my last two easy runs leading up to the race were terrible. An easy 3 on Friday didn’t feel that easy. And what was suppose to be another easy 3 on Saturday turned into a slow and sore 1 mile jog.
The night of the race didn’t go well either. A weird phone call woke me from a dead sleep. Then, around 2 am, the youngest was running a fever.
So, with little sleep, a couple of bad runs and an undertrained teenager we headed out at 6am to St. Charles for the MO’Cowbell.
It was chilly as we wandered around the runners village. We dropped off our gear at the gear check (I brought way more than I needed), took some pictures with the big cowbell, then headed over to watch the marathoners and 1/2 marathoners take off.
In a little bit we started lining up for the 5K. My son headed toward the back with the walkers and I made my way toward the front. I had a goal for under 25 minutes, but with my last runs and knee pain I was worried about how it would go.
The gun sounded and off we went. There was a little bit of working around the crowd at the beginning but soon it was clear and just about getting and keeping my pace.
I ended up finishing at 24:09, 7:47 pace. I also found out that the Nike+ app was very accurate as it gave me the exact same reading.
We had set a goal together for my son to be less than an hour. He finished in 48:11. But more than anything, he had fun. He said he did a combination or walking, running, and skipping. Maybe being in the race will instill the fun of exercise in him more than I could have on my own.
Thank you MO’ Cowbell for a great morning. See you next year, maybe for the marathon.