Hunter has surprised us with his desire to run (in an effort to condition for soccer). He’s taken first place in two of his three cross country meets and 3rd in his last meet. A while back, our bishop put out a challenge for everyone to join the Mesa Marathon 10K in a “Beat the Bishop” challenge. Hunter has never run more than 3 miles consecutively but he figured 6.2 miles was totally doable without training – oh to be young and athletic again. 🙂

Saturday, he woke up at the crack of dawn to start the race at 6:30am and we were tracking him on the app ready to cheer him on at the finish line. He was hoping to finish in under 50 minutes, but without any watch or way to determine his pace, he came in at 52 minutes – the first to cross the finish line from his challenge group (without realizing he was leading his pack).

He did it – just like he assured me he could! He said it was hard and I believe him. (Truth is I couldn’t run a mile right now if my life depended it!) His body was a little sore but tomorrow he’ll show up to cross country and tennis and forget he ran a 10K over the weekend – he’s got mental toughness down!

Here’s a good portion of our “Beat the Bishop” 10K group. We had so many more from our neighborhood who took on the larger challenge of the half or full marathon.

Congrats to everyone who was disciplined enough to train and prepare and then had the courage to show up the morning of the race knowing how hard it was going to be. They all won in my book!