It was a great race! I felt strong the whole time. I started out with my dad and then I went ahead. I’d run hard for a few min and then walk a min or 2.
I was on pace to hit a PR. My last 10k was back in sept and my time was 1.16.50.
Today at mile 4 I was at 44 minutes and feeling great. I had been worried about my dad. I knew he would finish, but I wanted to make sure he finished in under an hr and a half as that was the time limit.
At mile 4 I decided it’s not all about me. Yes, my goal for today was to PR. But I wouldn’t be where i’m at today if it weren’t for my dad. He’s going to be 68 next month. This was his first 10k. We ran our first 5k together. I know there aren’t a ton of years left that we’ll be able to race together. I will have other races I can PR at. He’ll never have another FIRST 10k.
At mile 4 I turned around and - feeling stronger than ever - ran back to find my dad. He was surprised to see me and asked what I was doing. I had to hold back tears as I told him I came back to run with him - that we were going to beat the cut off.
We finished in 1:24. We held hands as we crossed the finish line. It was a great race and I can’t wait to do it again next year.
now i’m gonna go run 5ish more at the lake my mom used to go walk around.
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- runsforredvelvet said: Such a sweet story! Thanks for sharing with us! :) You’re dad is a lucky guy!
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- thewritebite said: This is such a cute story! Congrats!
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- tinkerbellrun said: You just had to make me cry, didn’t you?! ;-) But seriously, that is so awesome that you two finished the race together! Just beautiful! ♥
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- thepreppyhippielife said: Beautiful
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- livingformeandmimi said: What an amazing thing to do. As someone who doesn’t have her dad anymore, I love to hear of people “taking care of” theirs! You are a beautiful person…inside and out!
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- yogawarriornyc said: What a beautiful story! Brought tears to my eyes :)
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- davidsgoals said: AWESOME POST! Way to go Lindsay!
- gillsquirt said: you are the cutest!!!
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- keepgoinggreen said: I love that you went back to run in with your Dad! Awesome - just awesome!!!
- lifeandtimesofkyma said: Brought tears. Love this.
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- findingmybalance-v2013 said: amazing. amazing amazing amazing. ♥ u.
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- thisfearlesslife said: Awesome!