I just got back from Ethan’s first Cross Country!
It was supposed to be last Friday, but it was postponed because of the awful weather. What a great decision — today is a beautiful day here, just perfect weather for it.
Ethan has been So. Very. Excited. since they started “training” for it 3-4 weeks ago. He’s been counting down the days, and was quite disappointed about it being postponed. This morning he was jumping up and down with excitement, and was a little put out when he arrived at school and realised they wouldn’t be running until after lunch!
Rob and I both took time out of our workday to go and watch Ethan run. It was the cutest thing to watch all the Year 0/1 kids! They started off doing their jumping jacks to warm up, and they looked so cute! The girls raced first, and then the boys.
Ethan’s face lit up when he saw us. A couple of times during the race I saw him start to slow down a little, but then he would look up and see me (or more likely Rob, who’d climbed to the top of the fireman’s pole for a better view) and he would smile and pick up his pace again.
He finished somewhere in the back half of the pack. He’s not the fastest runner in the world, but what made me proud was how he tried his best and how much he was looking forward to it. He’s doing really well academically, so it’s encouraging to see him getting really excited about a sports event and taking part so enthusiastically. I really want him to be well-rounded and to enjoy all aspects of school.
It was difficult to get decent photos of him running, as all 5-year-old boys look the same from a distance, and they were moving at a pretty fast pace! But here are a few photos I managed to snap:
The Year 0/1 boys waiting to start:
Ethan coming through the finish line:
Waving “hello” at the end of the race:
Sitting down for a rest — ya gotta love those flushed cheeks!