Family Photography {the ordinary moments}

Just a swift half


On a bright and early Warwickshire morning, before the sun had lifted the patchwork of dewdrops from the ground, we gathered.

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

Banners flapped in the lightest breeze, brilliant red against the starting of a clear blue sky, and underneath them, in glorious technicolour, they lined up to run.

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

Stretching a little, hopping up and down to keep warm in the shadows, tweaking numbers and armbands and hats. And then as the hour grew nearer, and the pens grew fuller, the mental game began; excitement, enthusiasm, doubt, concern all swirling together to feed a nervous energy.

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

And they were off. And H among them, running his first half marathon in a good eleven years.

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

I’m not sure exactly why he decided to run a half marathon, especially when he’s already doing another one in a few weeks, and to be honest I’m not sure he does either because his latest motto appears to be “friends don’t let friends enter half marathons when they’ve had a beer”. Which I think may accurately be translated as “wife, please hide the credit card until this madness passes me by”.

But he’d entered so he ran; around a course that both he and his run tracker described as “relentlessly uphill” and a few other slightly more choice phrases that are alas a little less repeatable.

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

The course was set such that there was no way we could have made it out to see him en route and then back to watch the finish so the children and I headed off to the pub for breakfast, pausing only occasionally between spoonfuls of porridge and dips of eggy soldiers to wonder how Daddy was getting along.

Feeling full and happy as a cat stretched out in sunshine we wandered down to the finish line and found ourselves a spot on the barriers to wait for H. And standing there and cheering everyone in I could see why people run races, and why you could so easily get sucked in to doing another one. There’s something very special about witnessing another person pushing themselves to the limit of their endurance, and watching their stories in the little vignettes that the end of the race revealed.

The couple crossing the line holding hands, one guy hauling the other along so determined that they would finish the race together; the girl who though either injured or just exhausted limped slowly through the finish, supported by a lady in street clothes, holding one hand and with the other gently resting on the small of her back, who I think must have been her mother; and then my H, running tired, visibly willing that finish line towards him with every step he took but still smiling and waving to his girls.Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

He finished exhausted but triumphant, on a tough course that seems to have been uphill most of the way. This is the first time that he’s run this distance without running with me and so it was the first time I wasn’t holding him back and I know he was aiming for a good time and to beat our time from all those years ago.

Space for the Butterflies - the Warwick Half Marathon

This was not the course for a PB though and I’m incredibly proud of his 2.02 time. But I have a suspicion that he might just be pushing himself a little bit more in the next one (which I hope is flatter) because it turns out that right now, and by only a second, I’m the current holder of the family PB for a half marathon!

Joining Katie atย Mummy Daddy Meย for The Ordinary Moments

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  • Lindsay 10/04/2016 at 7:14 am

    Well done H! Looks like the weather was lovely for it and the girls look incredibly proud of him.

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:29 pm

      Oh they were – they were so excited to watch him come through the finish!

      • Eldora 12/10/2016 at 2:32 am

        That hits the target pelfyctre. Thanks!

  • Beth @ Twinderelmo 10/04/2016 at 7:19 am

    Well done to him! It’s not quite on the same scale but I am doing my first ever “event” and doing a 5k at Race for Life which I will be running in just over a month. I loved reading this knowing I’ll be on the other side – just hope I make it over the finish line!! xx

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:30 pm

      Oh well done you that’s a fantastic aim! The race days are so much more fun than the training I promise; there’s always such a lovely buzz about them!

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany 10/04/2016 at 7:22 am

    Fantastic!You must all be very proud. I have only done a 5K race and I think that is my limit. You should definitely hide the credit card so he can’t beat your PB x

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:31 pm

      Well he’s got one more chance and then he’s sworn himself off half marathons so you never know, my record may stand uncontested, which would be too funny because he could always have easily beaten me but chose to run together!

    • Gildas 12/10/2016 at 2:35 am

      IMHO you’ve got the right aneswr!

  • Jenny Benton 10/04/2016 at 8:00 am

    Congratulations to your “H”. Running another half marathon after 11 years absence is certainly a big deal. Cheered on by the family at the finishing line must have been a real thrill for him too.

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:33 pm

      I think it’s probably taken the intervening 11 years for us to forget the pain of running the full marathon we did afterwards – I’ve yet to feel any inclination to do another one!!

  • Sherry 10/04/2016 at 8:31 am

    What a lovely day to do it and probably the best time of year temperature wise. I would love to do a half but need to get back into the throes of running. Happy Sunday to you all x

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:34 pm

      It was a lovely morning for it – sunny but not too hot. Happy Sunday to you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Doris 10/04/2016 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for this wonderful piece of writing. It was a joy to read! And the photo’s made it even better.

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:46 pm

      Aww you’re very welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mickey 12/10/2016 at 2:50 am

        Yummm I bet those PB cups are amAzing!SUPER cute shoes!! I need more flats badly!Sounds like an awesome party spre.d.a.Brian would love it hah!

  • Suzanne 10/04/2016 at 2:55 pm

    A very entertaining read Carie and so wonderful! Well done to your hubby, you must be very proud of him. And another on in a few weeks? He’s mad! If you fancy linking this up to Loud n Proud on Thursday, it would be perfect – with Mama Owl this week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:46 pm

      I think he’s properly mad – I did one marathon once and that was quite sufficient!! And thank you, I will link it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 10/04/2016 at 3:15 pm

    Well done to him. I genuinely don’t think I have seen such a lovely atmosphere as I have at races- the camaraderie and the love, plus the feeling when you cross the finish line is just amazing. I am really hoping I get back into my running once the baby is here. x

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:47 pm

      There’s definitely a camraderie about it isn’t there – I can see how races get addictive I can just never manage to train for race distances!

  • LauraCYMFT 10/04/2016 at 8:12 pm

    Well done H! I admire anyone who can run, especially in these marathons. I’m out of breath running up the stairs!

    • Carie 10/04/2016 at 10:48 pm

      I did it once, and it was doable but you have to put so much time into training, I just don’t have that kind of time anymore!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 10/04/2016 at 10:43 pm

    Well done H! Looks like it was beautiful weather for it. I love the atmosphere at races, even watching Jim run the Reading half in the pouring rain there was an amazing spirit amongst the supporters and the runners. Great photos, bet the kids were so excited to see their Daddy cross the finish line xx

  • Kim 10/04/2016 at 11:49 pm

    Congratulations!! It looks like it was a great day for a race.

  • You Baby Me Mummy 11/04/2016 at 9:34 pm

    Wow well done H! Such gorgeous weather for it and lovely pictures x

    • Brynell 12/10/2016 at 2:54 am

      Great article but it didn’t have eviygthenr-I didn’t find the kitchen sink!

  • sustainable mum 11/04/2016 at 9:58 pm

    Congratulations! The weather looks like it was perfect for all those runners ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lyn 13/04/2016 at 10:15 pm

    You guys should come down and do the Ealing Half! There’s a warm welcome and a place to stay awaiting you ๐Ÿ˜‰