Mommy Milkshake Marathon will always be special for me. It’s the first road race I joined and I consider it my running anniversary.
This year it’s extra special. Kuya and my nephew, Joshua, will be joining me in the race. It will be my Kuya’s Birthday run and Josh’s first road race.
This is us after they picked me up at 6am. And then horror of horrors, we turned left from my street and we were stuck in traffic.
6:05 – *ninuninu* We were not moving.
6:12 – Yey, its moving! We advanced by 2 meters. *stress*
6:20 – I was starting to panic. I didn’t want to miss the race. Josh woke up so early and was eager to race. It will be such a heartbreak if we miss it. Where is Mar Roxas when you need him to fix the traffic? 😀
6:25 – I frantically texted Mesh, Vicky and Kristine to ask them to get our race bibs.
6:28 – Got out of the car to find out what was happening. There is a Motorcade! At 6am?!? Argh!!!
6:32 – Motorcade done and we were finally on our way to BHS.
We got our bibs from Mesh *thanks!* and got ready to roll.
I was planning on doing a 5K time trial but when I saw that Kuya and Josh registered for 5K also I revised my plan. I can do time trial another day. It would be more fun to run with them.
At the starting line, I still had time to catch up with friends in their pink glory. Ting’s Lil Boo outpinked us all with her glittery pink racebelt.
Before the race started, Kuya and I got worried about Josh. He told his dad that he had a stomachache. He was very pale and his hands were cold. Kuya was very calm and asking him about his pain. I was already running down all the symptoms in my head to figure out what was wrong with him. Kuya gave him gum while I searched for water. Kathy gave me a pastry and I handed it to Josh.
While he was nibbling on the pastry, Kuya asked him if he was nervous about the race. Josh nodded. And I smiled, performance anxiety! My goodness, it runs in the family! Kuya and I told him to just enjoy the race and it’s okay to walk if he is tired. I told him also that before every race I always feel very sick and my hands and nose gets very cold.
After a few more minutes, his color was normal again and he was eager to start. He sprinted at the start. I was looking forward to a very easy run but dear nephew had another plan. He made me do fartleks.
When we were approaching the turnaround point, Kuya and I realised that he was the youngest runner in the 5K. Josh never gave up and let up during the race. He took walk breaks and made up for it by running strides. To keep him motivated, I pointed to Kathy and Vicky who were walking behind us and told him that they were trying to catch up with him. Turns out, just like every other boy, Josh didn’t want to be chicked. He would walk, look back and sprint ahead whenever he sees Kathy and Vicky.
We had a great time last Saturday. It was another great Mommy Milkshake Marathon. Congratulations and see you all next year at MMM4!