Thursday, April 06, 2006
We did it! The Thorn family (including Grandad - my Dad) completed our first ever organised 5km walk last Sunday.
We decided to just enter the 5km walk section so that we could all do it together as a family. Good thought. About one minute into it Caitlin (age 10) said "I want to run". Well, go for it we said. She was off - didn't see her again til the end (she bet us by 8 minutes).
Then Grandad lagged behind at the back of the bunch so I went back a couple of times to see if he wanted me to stroll with him. 'Nope" said Grandad "You go ahead, I'm very happy to stroll".
Then Elliot (age 5 ) said his legs were tired (this is after 400 metres). "You can go back to Gran" (who was watching on the sideline). "Nope, I will walk" said Elliot.
200 metres later Elliot couldn't walk anymore so Darryn put him on his shoulders. And carried him. For four kilometres. Not just walking. He ran with him. I ran for a while. I couldn't keep up (even though Darryn had an additional 26 kgs on his shoulders). Darryn's lost about 26 kgs over recent months - he said this was a great way to remind himself how far he has come.
I walked fast. I caught up the boys.
Elliot asked to be put down about 100 metres from the finish line "Otherwise they'll think I cheated!" he announced. He bounced over the finish line in front of us.
We finished in 53 minutes.
Grandad finished in 60 minutes with the stragglers. 10 minutes later he said he'd like to go around the course again.
Next year we'll do the 10km. Without Elliot!
(Photos by the fabulous people at www.smileclick.co.nz)