The time is 11:59 and itâ€™s almost time to run now .. looking down, Felix checks his shoes; yes, itâ€™s the new ones. White, with stripes on the side, and looking good on the feet. We got them just the other day, to prepare for the run today. The mandatory â€œbeforeâ€ picture is taken, while he is seriously hoping, that they will forget theâ€ afterâ€ shot!
Itâ€™s now that the run starts! The beginning is mostly flat and then it goes a bit downhill for a while! The concentration is high, and the smile is very big. A bus is coming and it does look a bit scary as it blasts past, but none the less the halfway point is reached in a good time. The mood is still great, but the concentration is starting to drop .. after the turnaround the wind is in the face and there is a stick .. a stick .. we better get that. With a bit of verbal encouragement and explanation the stick is forgotten, but now the hill starts to feel like a mountain. Wonder who put that one there .. it for sure wasnâ€™t there the other way! Bummer.
There it is, like out of the blue, the finish line. Just there – so easy to reach. There is a huge smile on the face, and suddenly it didnâ€™t feel that hard any longer. A finishing time of 5:51 for a 3/8 mile .. not bad for a three year old on his first training run.
Oh .. and the â€œafterâ€ shot .. thank you for forgetting that 🙂