As I mentioned previously, this event was merely the icing on the cake on our journey to run 4km as a family. All the work, the pride, the satisfaction came from training together twice a week, sometimes three times a week, in the lead up to the Mothers Day Classic. By the time the actual day rolled around it was all about celebrating a job well done. We decided to make a weekend of it and booked a unit in Dampier, near the beach, where we had a relaxing couple of days playing at the beach, park, and enjoying a dinner out. The other important part of the weekend was raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research. A big thank you to our family and friends who sponsored Team Campbell and all our efforts. I will let the photos tell the story of our day at the Mothers Day Classic 4km Family Fun Run.
It was a great event to participate in, and it may become a Campbell family tradition. The husband has been a little forgotten in all this, but his story is also pretty impressive. My husband would be the first to tell you that he is not the most athletic person but he was quite keen to sign up for this family challenge. Hubby has never run 4km without stopping…..ever. The first time he did this was at this event, with three of his boys, holding hands as they crossed the finish line. Mr Exercise Hitlist was a little emotional, quite chuffed, and it is a moment that he will cherish for a long time to come. Mission accomplished I say. Another special mention must go to my eldest child, 8 yrs old, who managed to complete the whole course without stopping. He wasn’t fast but he stuck to his game plan and just kept plugging away. This is harder than it looks in this type of event, as there are people everywhere so it is hard to keep a steady pace as you try and weave in and around people. There were also a lot of children in the event, which was fantastic, but most kids would walk a little, and sprint or jog a little, then walk again. My younger kids found that hard as they wanted to walk when the others were walking even though they had run much further in training! They all did a fantastic job, but especially the eldest who was probably one of the only kids to run the whole distance!! I am beyond proud of my little family.
After returning home from our weekend I asked the kids and hubby what they thought about training, running in this event, and whether they would do it again.
B1 (8yr old) – What did you like the best about training? Icy poles at the end. Favourite training moment? When you and I ran that whole 3km. Did you feel like you could run 4km without stopping at the start? No way! It was really hard at the start. What did you feel like when you finished the 4km on race day? I was really proud of myself, it felt good. I also felt like I was saving lives. Would you do it again? Maybe, not for a while. I would rather train for a bike race.
B2 (7yr old) – What did you like best about training? Icy poles. Favourite training moment? When we did that really good run all the way to the pool and then we got to have a swim. What did you feel like when you first started running? I didn’t like it. My legs hurt and it was hard. Did it get easier? Yes! Some days it was awesome. What did you feel like when you finished the race? Awesome. Would you do it again?? Yes.
B3 (7yr old) – What did you like best about training? Icy poles. Favourite training moment? The days off. What about the 3.5km run? That was good. When I ran the 3.5km, I felt like I could keep running and running. What did you feel like when you first started running? Sore after the run. What did you feel like when you finished the race? Good. When prompted for something other than ‘good’? I liked that we all ran together. Would you do it again? Not really. I want to do a bike race.
B4 (5yr old) – What did you like best about training? Icy poles. Favourite training moment? When I sucked it up and ran all the way to the shed which was the longest run. (Just over 2km) What did you feel like when you first started running? I didn’t feel like I could do it but I could. What did you feel like when you finished the race? Good. It was my first time to do a race. Would you do it again? Yes.
Hubby – What did you like best about training? Icy poles. Loved the occasional cheer squads from the locals. The guys waiting for the bus to go to work, and the more sane locals who were sitting outside having a beer. Also loved the ticker shown by B1, and B3 when they did their breakthrough runs. It was hard work though and some days I really didn’t feel like doing it. Favourite training moment? It was a training run with Team Rangas, which started out shocking, but then they kicked into gear and ended up putting me through my paces. What did you feel like when you first started running? I doubted whether I could do it, I wondered whether my knees could do it. I thought surely this is just a phase and Beth will give it up. I was surprised when it got easier. What did you feel like when you finished the race? I was a bit emotional, I was proud of myself. I was blowing out holding hands with my boys as we crossed the finish line. I was really proud of the twins for digging deep, as we mixed up where the finish line was. They thought we were done but then had to find something extra to run the extra 500m to the actual finish line. I was really impressed that the eldest finished without stopping, thought he would be the first to stop given the attitude at the start of the race. Would you do it again? Yeah I would. I would love to do a team event with the family.
Me – What did I like the most about the training? I love the excited chatter when we got home from a run, when they would chat about how far they ran before stopping, how awesome so and so was today, what we should try next time. All while sucking on their icy poles. I think this is really why everyone loved the icy poles!! What was my favourite training moment? It still has to be the D-Man running the 3.5km, it just clicked that night, he ran so comfortably. He was just buzzing, and I swear he would have run the loop again if I let him. Proud mumma moment. In saying that, all my boys had runs that just made me proud! What did you feel like when we first started running? I felt like this was going to be the longest 10 weeks of my life and it would be a miracle if I didn’t have a mass mutiny. There was a lot of ‘Sometimes things are hard, and it hurts, but you just have to find a way to get it done’, ‘Suck it up princess’, and ‘We just have to get the job done tonight boys’. There were a lot of runs where I was really proud of them because they gave up at some point, felt like it was too hard, but then managed to regroup and finish off strongly. What did I feel like when I finished the race? I stayed with my youngest during the race and he didn’t have the greatest run. He was a crook with a small cough and a little overwhelmed by it all, so during the race I actually felt a little underwhelmed and not sure I had met my expectations of race day. Looking back at it all, it was all that I needed it to be and a great family bonding experience. My youngest wore his medallion for all of the next week, to school and everywhere. He would have worn it to bed if he could. Would you do it again? Absolutely!
Stay tuned for our next adventure, looks like they are all on board to try something else!