As Ricky sat on the metal chair inside the gym after just completing his third 5k, this one in the cold and rain, he continually asked to leave. I figured it was because he was cold and wet, but was surprised that he wasn’t more willing to wait to see if he won a ribbon. For the past two years (Kindergarten and First Grade) Ricky has taken first place in his age group. He really wanted to win again, but as he sat on the chair the worry began to set in. We stayed, despite his requests and it wasn’t until they called his name, “First place for the 1st and 2nd graders… Ricky Bird!” that the tension lifted. His shy smile peaked through as he made his way to the front to obtain his blue ribbon and prizes. As he returned he said, “I really didn’t think I won.” But he did it!
This was a tough race in the cold and rain. One where he wanted to stop and walk, one where he had a few side cramps, one where, ultimately, he pushed through… mostly because we knew there was a second grade girl not far behind us.
He’s had quite the week for sports. Two baseball games, one soccer game and a 5k all within the past 5 days. It’s been fun to watch him get the hang of things and really excel in each of these. We’ve been busy. Busy to the point where after running from baseball to soccer to t-ball to soccer back to t-ball all in one night, I questioned if this was too much. But on the way home when Ricky said, “I really love sports, mom” I knew it was okay. He’s having a ball and we love watching him play.
Ricky’s time was 31:27 (10:07/mile pace)
Way to go, buddy! I’m so proud that you kept running and didn’t stop, even when you really wanted to!