Having had the kids this weekend, I took myself the kids and my then girlfriend Ileana to Long Beach for the Firecracker 4K run. I had gotten a registration form for this race while running the Long Beach City Manager's 10miler on Memorial Day. I decided that it would be fun to try out an all-boardwalk run.
The resulting pace of 7:33 for this 4k (2.4854) mile run was as fastest this year, and fastest since my Norway run last October. And that's even conservative by today's standards, but remembering that I had been out of commission as recent as march 26th with a broken leg, the fact alone that I was already running in my 6th race in as many weeks was a miracle of miracles. I was still not 40 year (5 days shy), and doing my very best to be a thirty-something.
Despite a very hot, humid and windy start to this day, I did very well. The sun was in my eyes on the way out, and I wished I had sunglasses. Back then, I wasn't as well-prepared as I am now (this article written - Feb. 27, 2012!)
The best part of this race however, wasn't me and of my continued comeback. It was that Steffie was about to run in her first race ever. I didn't even know that they had kiddie races until I got there, and I tried to see about getting Matthew to run, but he refused to do it. Stephanie agreed, and that was before I noticed she had rubber aqua socks on. Afterwards, I told her she didn't have to do it, but I think she did to make me happy. "Awwwwww"
The Pee Wee Race had a lot of little runners. I was amazed by the number. It almost looked as packed as the regular race that preceeded it. I made sure I had Steffie line-up front. When the horn blew, she started running. It was so cute! I could not help but root madly for her, like a silly boy.
The course was and out-and-back for her, much like it was for me, but instead of 4km it was more like 400 meters (about a 1/4 of a mile). She did not win, but she did win my heart again. It was wonderful to see her run in those cute pink plastic aqua shoes. Afterwards, I took a ton of photos.
We finished the day taking in the sun on the beach but all in all it was a very memorable day. Pictures below.
|My race number.|
|My darling little Steffie!|
|Sister and Brotherly love.|
|Matt and his cheesy love.|
|Gettin' ready to run!|
|I couldn't get Matt to run, even after I slapped a running number on him!!! :)|
|Daddy, am I going to be okay?|
|No wonder I didn't run so fast. Rubber Aqua Shoes!!!|
|Steffie & a proud Daddy!|
|I don't know for the life of me what happened to my backpack...|
|At the starting line.|
|On the front line!|
|Steffie is running towards the finish line!!!|
|Yay! I got a medal!!!! :-)|
|Matt gets a medal too (even though he didn't run)|
|Chillun on the Long Beach Boardwalk bench.|
|It was a bright day outside.|
|Exhausted after a hard-run on the wood!|
|Still have the belly!|
|I ran barechested.|