Saturday, April 21, 2007

I won a race!

Yes. It was the innagural Baja Fresh 3/4 mile dash. It started with a warm up of 3/4 mile walk from my home with my wife and kids to Baja Fresh. Where we dined on tacos and taquitos, chips and soda. Then as we were going to start walking back home, my son said, "I'll race ya, dad."

Now my son is a couple inches taller than me, 100 pounds lighter and 16 years old. The only real exercise he gets is running to the bus stop in the morning. So, the race was on. Eventhough I just ate and I was wearing non running clothes. Thankfully, I had on an old pair of running shoes.

I ran with my phone in my pocket and a soda in my hand. I was getting strange looks from everyone I passed. My son would sprint ahead and then walk. As soon as I would catch up he would sprint ahead some more. But, each time the sprinting was getting shorter and shorter. It was the rabbit and the tortoise all over again.

We both reached a corner at the same time. He went left and I went right. I thought my route was shorter, but when I googled it they were equally about .21 miles from our front yard. I ran the whole 3/4 of a mile with a full stomach and dressed for work. When I reached our street I could see my son at the other corner. Whoever could sprint the final 1/10 of a mile was the winner. We both took off and I stepped on our lot maybe 2-3 steps ahead of him. Althought he said we tied, I know I won. We both laid on the driveway laughing. Hopefully, we can race again in the future, even if he wins.

That gives me 11.77 miles for this week. I need to start getting my mileage over 20 miles a week.


Anonymous said...

psh i walked most of the way.

Firefly's Running said...

How cool, Pat!

J~Mom said...

I love it!! What a great memory for years to come!

Irene said...

Way to go dad! Yes, that's a story to remember always!

Jenny (J-Wim) said...

Love it! My kids think they can beat me too, and maybe they can on 100 yd dash, but I win by a long shot in the endurance category! Hope you and your son enjoy many races together in the future!

angie's pink fuzzy said...

pat, that's awesome!!!