Ever since Josiah and David heard about the Dayton Muddler, a combination race and obstacle course in a nearby town, they've wanted to participate in it. So has Tobin, but the official race rules say you have to be 10 to run in it, so he was out of luck this year--and next year, too. But never fear, he came up with his own course. More on that at the end of this post. :)
Last Saturday found us up bright and early, eager for the race.
And they're off!
They're racing towards the next challenge!
This particular race was interesting for me because, when Josiah has run 5Ks in the past, he has not been careful to train and prepare for the race but has just gone out there to wing it. His confidence has, at times, been larger than his ability. ;-) As a result, he has sometimes started a race quickly, but then needed to end up walking--and there's no shame in that, but I have sat on the sidelines and thought that if he had put some effort into training, he wouldn't have needed to do that.
This time, however, he made a plan for how to get ready for this race; AND HE STUCK WITH IT. Days and days of doing a certain number of push-ups and sit-ups and pull-ups and running certain distances paid off for him; and not only did he enter the race physically ready for the challenge of it, but his mental preparation showed a maturity that he didn't have when he was a young whippersnapper running his first 5Ks! It made me proud to see how he approached this race with a plan and with fortitude and perseverance. :)
Well, I started this long post by mentioning Tobin, so let me conclude with him. He was truly disappointed that he didn't get to run in the Muddler, so he did the only logical thing: he came home and created his own. :)
When I did laundry, I only put the muddy clothes of Josiah, David, and Tobin in this load of wash; and this is what it looked like the first time through. So that's why they call this a Muddler. ;-)
But I really didn't mind the mud. After all, participating in this competition was a very worthy reason to get muddy! :)