He doesn’t know it yet, but I have a big surprise for my 15, soon to be 16 year old son. Yep, either reluctantly or by choice, he became a runner right beside me. He would have to tell you the answer to that one. Both of my sons have enjoyed the journey from newbie runners to pretty fast experienced runners. I have a surprise… My younger son Colton I think feels that he has always tried to play catch up. He is two years younger than my older son. In the beginning, a few years ago, he would constantly finish a couple of minutes behind his older brother. The last 5k the two competed in, Colton finally won the match up. He then took that victory, and ran a huge PR in his last 5k. During that race however, his older brother ran a Half Marathon. Hum… Time to play catch up. If you can do it, I can do it, is I’m sure what he was thinking. Time to step up his game. Immediately following that event, and his brothers remarkable finish in the Half Marathon, Colton ran a 13.1 mile training run just for fun. To prove to himself that he could do it, as well. Since then, he has told me that he wants to run a Half Marathon sometime. We have decided to run a 10k together. Yes, he hasn’t even competed in a 10k distant event yet. So we will do that in June, here in our hometown. What he doesn’t know, is that I have just signed him up for that first Half. Since it will be his first, I will run it, too. I want to be able to run by his side, and enjoy the experience with him. I have
signed him up for the City of Oaks Half Marathon, here in Raleigh. I haven’t decided yet when I will tell him. I am leaning toward giving him the entry as a birthday gift. So, next month he will know. As my older son finishes high school in June, and heads off to college, Colton will not have to compete with his older brother anymore. He will get to run this race, and only compete against his own expectations. I am really looking forward to running this race with him.