The St. Jude Half Marathon was sooo much fun this year! So many family members ran in it!
Rachel and Eric came in town with their two kiddos and spent a few days with us.
Nonie and Pops also stayed with us!
My dad was running the Half too, so we would meet up with him on race day.
Payne and Reese look out the window of the Cook Convention Center down town.
The day before the race, we had to pick up our race packets and bib numbers.
Payne and James couldn't stop looking at the cars on the road.
Adde and Reese manage to look at the camera :)
More watching :)
Playing at home- going for a quick wagon ride while waiting for dinner!
Adde is always so sweet to Reese :)
Just hanging out
Reese and Payne having breakfast.
Love having the Harrisons staying with us!
On Saturday, December 1, the whole family rode to the race together!
Justin, Dad, Me, Rachel, Eric, Dad Payne
before the start of the race.
(and a big thanks to Mom and Mom Payne for watching all the kids while we raced!)
Eric and Rachel
Rachel with Rachel's friend Rachel! Haha.
Rachel and Me
Dad and Me
(Dad's first half marathon!)
So excited to race this with him!
Justin with his Dad (who also is running a half for the first time!)
Justin and Me :)
And we are off! (I think this is about half way through)
I had such a great time SPEED walking with my dad. We talked a ton and had a fantastic experience together. He is a great racing buddy!
Yep, Dad being silly. We needed some of that around mile 8/9 :)
Around Mile 10 we see Dad Payne! Way to go! Still smiling!
I ran ahead of Dad to capture him running past mile 12! This is the longest we trained, so just one more mile to go ;)
We see the finish as we make our way into AutoZone Park!
Dad Crossing the finish line!
Dad finished in 2 hours 50 minutes! Amazing first half!
What a great day. Lots of family racing for St. Jude.
I know this sounds cheesy, but this day totally warmed my heart, and I was teary eyed many times.
I never want to forget it!