We couldn't have asked for a better day for the annual Pumpkin Run to benefit LeBonheur Childrens' hospital in Memphis. We've done this 5k off and on for a number of years and it's always a family favorite. What's not to love about face painting, bounce houses, krispy kreme donuts and all the gatorade you can drink..... and the running of course.
We were pretty pumped that Gigi and all the cousins could hang out for the day. Maddie-Cakes ran her first 5K with Sweet Girl and I think she may be hooked. Those long legs make it look easy - but we know it was hard work and boy were we proud of her great finish!. Way to make Aunt Jo look like a loser!
This year they offered a 400 meter kids run and so all the littles could get involved. Hubs is the official pre-race warm up coach. I honestly cannot imagine a more fitting title for my man's personality. He's always warming the kids up for something.
And I do believe he is demonstrating how one must fight for their position once the starting gun goes off . Look at Silas craning his neck to see what in the world he's gotten himself into. Purple arrow: MJ - Yellow arrow: Silas (aka Puma Cat)
They are 3. Partners in everything funny and criminal.
Baby Girl didn't waste anytime jumping out with the boys. She's been a spectator on the sidelines of enough races to know that a short race is won at the starting line.
And I could be wrong - but I think MJ's training regimen was geared toward more of a 100m distance rather than 400 - because that's about the time she started running out of gas.
Nobody remembered to prepare Silas that the start of the race begins with a loud gun blast, followed by children screaming and running frantically. He was not amused. And not sure he was going to chase after them. But Uncle Energizer Bunny somehow won him over.
She wasn't going to let anybody wearing "toe-shoes" beat her and that's for sure. I think she was the first girl across the finish. And Im pretty sure she much prefers the 400m to the old 5k any day. Don't we all?
And not too terribly far behind - working her arms and remembering to breathe (running safety 101), comes MJ in her first ever competitive experience. I think her brothers and sisters may have acted a little bit like fools cheering her on - they were pretty stoked.
And somewhere between getting scared out of his mind and the finish - this big boy decided to channel his inner puma and pour on the steam!
Big brother John finished in speedy fashion in the top 5, I might add.
Watch out big kids! We're comin for ya~