I've hinted a few times that the Runner's World Half Marathon weekend is going to be special for a number of reasons, but I haven't had a chance to discuss why.
Yes, being there as part of #RunChat is going to be a great experience, but that weekend will also mark my wife's first 5k.
My wife has been supportive of my running for nearly 9 years now -- she's gotten up early for races, she's held onto my a change of clothes after a race, she's been victim to my early morning wake-up calls ... but the second half of this summer she's been running a few times a week, making the commitment to do the 5k that weekend.
This will actually be my wife's second race. Five years ago she ran a mile race. I thought that would be the hook, but I've stayed quiet, dropping hints for a few years that it would be fun for her to do a race.
To add to the family fun that weekend, my son will be running the short 1/4 mile run for kids 3 and under. That distance is kind of laughable as he's been running a half mile or so with no trouble once or twice a week for a while now. Today alone he ran 3/4 of a mile.
He easily gets a quarter mile run doing laps around my apartment. He's having fun going out on family walks/runs, which has become a nice tradition for us on the weekends and occasionally during the week.
I'm really looking forward to this weekend to have some family fun and to meet people who have been supportive of #RunChat in the past couple of years. It's shaping up to be a great few days.