Legs for Lindsey benefits Sebastian Riding Associates which is a therapeutic program includes children and adults with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities. The focus of the program is a safe, fun, and healthy approach to growth and rehabilitation through equine activities and riding. The program supports over 100 riders interacting with 15 horses, a staff of instructors, physical and occupational therapists, and a dedicated team of volunteers.
We first participated in this event in on 8/13/2008. At that time, hubby and I were reaching the tail-end of our C25K and we had initially planned to do the event as a walk since we didn’t think we were ready to run the whole thing. We ended up doing it as a run/walk. I think I ran it as far as 2.5 miles and then stopped to walk for a bit while my husband popped our daughter up on his shoulders to give her legs a rest. She then decided that she wanted to run the last .25 miles, so they went ahead of me and I came in a few minutes after them. I jogged in the last .1 mile, or so and finished with a total time of 49:16 & an average pace of 15:53.
Unfortunately, we were not able to participate in 2009. This year’s race was on 8/11/10. I was interested to see what progress I was able to make, especially since the course has a fair number of hills. My husband decided he was going to run his own pace. My son started off running, but tweaked his knee and ended-up walking the majority of the course. My daughter was going to stay with my son, but then decided to run with me instead. I wasn’t terribly concerned about my finish time because I was looking to beat 49:16 which seemed completely doable. During the first mile, my daughter told me she wanted to walk for a little bit, so I slowed to a jog. Her walk break was short-lived and she was back jogging next to me. We arrived at the 1st mile split at 12:28, which impressed her and gave her some positive energy. Because this was an out & back course, we started seeing some of the lead runners coming towards us. Several of them were giving us encouragement. A short while later, I noticed my husband coming toward us. We each gave him a high-five. My daughter told me she was getting thirsty, so I let her know that once we got to the turn-around point, they would have a water table for us. In order to get there, we had to go up a curved incline. She handled it like a trooper & earned her well-deserved cup of water. We kept going and enjoyed the downhill portion of the road we had just run up. As we approached the 2-mile point, the volunteer asked if we were a mom/daughter team and congratulated us as we kept moving. I think our split time was 25:40-ish. Then, we started talking about what our goal time was going to be. She and I eventually decided we were going to aim for 42 minute clock time. We crossed back over a wooden bridge and run up a steep gravel hill. She kept saying, “We’re strong.” “We can do this.” The last ¾ mile was a steady incline up to the finish shoot. We were both surprised to see the clock read 39:30 as we came through. I was amazed that my finish time was almost 10 minutes faster than 2 years ago when I did this same run.
Once we finished, we met up with my husband who had gone back to the car to get the camera. He took this picture before we went over to get some water, bananas, soft pretzels, and cherry water ice:
My race stats:
195 out of 226 participants
90 out of 112 females
9 out of 13 females 30-39 y.o.
My daughter’s race stats:
196 out of 226 participants
91 out of 112 females
2nd place in her 13 & under age group
Here’s the proof:
Tomorrow’s race recap blog will be the Atlantic City 10K.