Yesterday was the backwards mile race, I was #220. Unfortunately, I woke up with a cold on Thursday morning and then had a bout of intestinal distress Thursday night into Friday morning. By Friday afternoon I was feeling a little better and the kids really wanted to do their race yesterday, so I decided to go for it on the backwards mile. There were only seven racers, and I did come in last, my husband had the kids yell "You'll be in the top 10" when I first ran by. If I was feeling better I think I could have come in as high as third, I couldn't have been more than a minute or so behind the other racers, except the winner. He had clearly trained for this backwards mile and I heard him talking about other events he had done. He finished in 7:57, right after he lapped me on the 1/2 mile course. I think it took me about 18:00, I wasn't really all that tired when I finished, that's how I know I could have gone a bit faster. I'm a bit sore today, but not nearly as much as I had expected. It was a very strange experience running backwards, I'll plan to make it an annual event. Next year I'm going for first female finisher! Or not.
The kids race was ridiculously short, maybe 100 feet or so. There were only 4 kids entered, a girls older than Hot Wheels and then one younger than Superman. They finished in chronological order as well. All the kids got a green ribbon and a lollipop. Unfortunately our camera batteries quit just as I tried to get a picture of the start, oh well. Cutie was back at my parents' house, so we went to pick her up and the boys had a donut that grandpa bought. Okay, I had a jelly donut, too. It tasted worth the calories.
The rest of the weekend has been spent finishing some painting, doing some cleaning projects and getting ready for Hot Wheels' fifth birthday parties next weekend with our family. Really, I'm about to be the parent of a five year old. How did that happen, didn't he just come home from the hospital?