Back before I had Adalyn, I was the runner in our family and J has never been interested in running. So now that he's started in on running I have to say I've been a bit jealous that he's training and I can't right now. But I'm proud of how awesome of a runner he has become. Even if he doesn't love doing it, he has put some serious miles in and his pace is super fast. I really want him to sign up for a regular street race to see how well he'd do.
This past weekend was the Warrior Dash in Lebanon, Kentucky. First of all, let's talk about the Lebanon. When J first signed up for the race, it was supposed to be in Elizabethtown, which is a sweet little town and I was excited to go check it out. But a few months later he got an email that the venue was changed to Lebanon. There is absolutely nothing in Lebanon. I'm honestly not sure why people live there. Neither of us have ever been there and I never want to go back. There was one hotel in the town (which thankfully J was on top of it and reserved a room before they were booked up) and it was nice enough. There were only a couple restaurants in town so our dinner Friday night was a bit interesting. It was sloooow service with the greasiest pizza I have ever tasted. Everyone in the place knew each other. We just looked at each other and laughed. It was like we were these city outsiders. Oh, and the entire town had zero 4g connection and only about one bar of EDGE so we felt like we were outside of civilization.
Adalyn did great sleeping in the hotel room. I, on the other hand, did not. But what can you expect when you're 8 months pregnant? I was just hoping I wouldn't wake J up.
Jonathan, Billie and Tim signed up to run the 9am heat for the race. They thought that the earlier would be better for the heat factor and also for the race course to not get all torn up. There were heats every 30 minutes from 9am to 3pm. The race was sold out (6,500 participants but only 5,169 ended up racing). This venue is different than most of the Warrior Dash races in that they didn't have parking at the venue. We had to park at the fairgrounds (for $20!!) and then they shuttled us into the venue by a school bus. Thankfully we only had to wait for one bus since we were there early. (Our trip back to our car took 45 minutes on the bus!) When we came back there were hundreds of people who have since posted on the webpage that wait time was 3 and 4 hours for the buses in direct sunlight!!
When we got to our destination they dropped us off in the middle of nowhere. Army guys checked our bags and then we were off, or should I say up. There was a very steep uphill climb on a gravel path. We had no clue how far we were walking because it just kept winding through a very wooded area. I was huffing and puffing. Thankfully Jonathan was pushing the stroller because I had all I can do to get myself up the hill.
Finally we started hearing music and the next thing we knew we were in the festival. You could feel the excitement all around! This was Jonathan's first bib number race and I knew he was nervous. I have run tons of (regular) races and I would have been nervous walking into this too (back in the day when I was in shape). But I knew his excitement was way more than the nervousness. I had to get pictures before of the racers!
Adalyn giving her daddy a good luck kiss.
Billie, Tim and Jonathan right before lining up for their heat.
(Those volunteers were right in the way! But they wouldn't move.)
Uphill out of the obstacle towards the finish line.
Eli wasn't sure about his mom being so dirty. It was hilarious!
Tim came across the finish line just a couple minutes after Billie. They all 3 did awesome!! Just to finish this race would be an accomplishment, but on top of finishing, they all finished in great times!
Jonathan's personal cheering section. We were so proud of him. (Can you tell how hot it was? We were all a bit flushed even though we were just standing around.)
After all of the heats finished the official finish times were posted. Jonathan finished 302 out of 5169. In his age group he was 86 out of 1008. I am so impressed by that. It would be awesome if it was even just a running race, but knowing he did a bunch of obstacles that he has never done before in crazy heat makes it even more amazing. And in case you are wondering, he wanted to get back out there today to see if he could better his time by starting at the front of the pack. And yes, he has looked into other locations in Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee where the race is taking place later this year. I think he might be hooked... I'll be cheering him on next time too:) Can you tell I'm proud of him?