J and J Guest Post- Our First Family Race


Good morning!

Well, mama really wanted to talk about herself again like usual, but we told her that you all probably had enough of her shenanigans for awhile so we’d take over instead. Our race was more important than her race anyway.

Can we tell you about our JUST RUN Just Kids’ Race?



Well, we didn’t get to bed until late the night before because we had a late flight into Monterey.

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We didn’t sleep very well either. We’re not sure why, but we did make sure that if we couldn’t sleep, no one else was going to get to either.

So early in the morning Mom was off to try to find some medicine for one of us and to get coffee.

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Her attempt to find medicine failed, but she got a pretty good warm up jog in that she hadn’t planned on and found us all some warm drinks.

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You know, just doing her job. He he.


We weren’t as nervous for this race because of our Disney race the weekend before. We knew we could handle it and that we were darn fast.

We took a taxi to the start. I know, we couldn’t believe we were in a real taxi either. So cool! Every time we got to ride a taxi we said “We can’t believe we’re in a taxi”.

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We were actually early for a change which was nice.

Then we saw lots and lots of smoke.

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There was a fire just a block away from the start line! Can you believe it?

We checked things out on the way to pick up our race numbers.

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There was a big fire truck with a ladder and everything. We made sure things were okay while Mama got our race stuff.

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Mama really wanted to get a family picture with the fire truck in the background. We’ve learned that when Mama says she wants a picture, it’s best to just smile and keep her happy.

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Back at the start line we sang the National Anthem.

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Mama got choked up as usual when they sing it at the beginning of races.

Oh, and everyone was wearing special racing shoes. Mama had her favorite Wave Sayonara shoes (and those pants)

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and even Daddy had on some Mizunos.

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We’re not sure if Daddy was nervous about our first family race or not. He was playing it cool.

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Oh and talk about cool, he raced with a backpack on. What a guy.

After one more picture to keep Mama happy

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we were off.

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It wasn’t soon after the start that we saw a fireman on the side of the road. Since we weren’t in it to win it, we decided we had to stop and say “hi”.

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We may have gone out a little too fast even though Daddy kept yelling “pace yourself”.

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Judah took the lead as usual. Daddy and Joaquin were having a bit of a tough time keeping up.

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Daddy blamed it on the backpack.

It didn’t take too long to figure out that a 3K is a lot different from a 200M dash.

There was definitely some walking involved.

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There was also lots of time for a breaks to check out the scenery.

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We thought we’d get a second wind after a short break.

Nope. Not quite yet.

Luckily Mama gave in for our request for a piggy back ride.

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Let’s just say it took a REALLY long time to get to this 1 mile marker sign. It was right about here that we stopped worrying about our finish time. Ha ha.

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It was really fun to just take our time and cheer on all the other families out there on the course.

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It was beautiful.

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When we realized that the finish line was not too far away, we finally got a second wind. Mama always has positive splits (she’s not proud of that) and we thought we could teach her a thing or two about picking it up at the end.

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Then we saw it. The finish line.

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After a nice sprint to the end, we made it across.

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Again, Mama was lagging so we had to cheer her on to pick it up.

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Then we got our special medals.

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Our first family medals.


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Our first family PR.

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Mama wanted to go to the post race party to see what kind of food was there, but we had other plans.

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We wanted to have a little “rock party” of our own.


Mama was too scared to climb the big rocks, so she took some fun pictures of her favorite Wave Sayonara shoes instead. She still says that this Mezamashii run months ago and these shoes were a pretty important turn of events in her life. ANd she says these are her “comeback shoes”.

They have special meaning. I guess that gives her reason to take a bazillion pictures of them.


We took advantage of having the nice camera out to ask a nice lady to take yet another family picture


or two.


Oh and side note from Mama, she wanted to show you the cool thumb holes on her Breathe Thermo shirt. She loves those.


We finally made our way back to the post race party. We bumped into our favorite race announcer Rudy.


He is so so nice and was at the Disney Wine and Dine race last weekend too.


We all hung out at the party for a bit. Mama had to talk to pretty much anyone who would talk to her.

She found Tom who she had met back in April when she was in Big Sur for the race with the Runner’s World Challenge.

He spoke at the special session for the challengers and has run the Big Sur Marathon every single year.

He is also the voice behind these amazing Big Sur Marathon video tours.

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She really, really hopes she gets to come back in April for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge and see him (and everyone else including the Runner’s World Challenge folks).

She’s got her fingers crossed.


And well, that’s it for us. Sorry about all the pictures, but hey, we couldn’t decide which ones were the best so we just put them all in.

We loved every single second about this race and can’t wait to do it again next year (or the one they have in April). Maybe we’ll get a new PR every time. Who knows?


Have a wonderful day!

Thanks for taking your time to read our first guest post!

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    So cute! My daughter has done 2 one mile races and loves them!! She is always asking for me! 3K is a lot! Wish they had those here for little ones… great job boys!

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    Jenny says:

    Great job on the race! I loved your post and love seeing you two grow up! You have got to be the cutest stinkin kids in the world!

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    Love this coming from the kids perspective! They did an awesome job!!

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    Kristen says:

    ADORABLE!!! I hope to see more posts from the boys in the future… :-)

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    Kim says:

    What a super awesome guest post!!
    I loved everyone of the pictures!!!
    You boys are awfully sweet to indulge your mama anytime she wants a picture!!!

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    Kathy says:

    So cute…..I am bringing Owen to swim lesson in minutes! Better be off…

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    Great job on the race, boys!!!

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    Laura P says:

    Great recap, boys!

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    This is so cute. I loved how it was from their perspective ;) Great job on the family PR. Definitely looks like a really fun time! I just love that they can be apart of your races!

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    Tracy says:

    Great job on the race, boys!! And I love your guest post, too ;)

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    Great job with the race, you figured out running should be all about having fun! I love the post as J and J view the race experience.

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    Ashleigh says:

    Omg this was so adorable! I loved it!!

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    Tess says:

    Fabulous post! Loved it!!!!

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    Such cuties! I love that they got to get a couple of races in. So fun to run together as a family! Now if I could just get my 15 year old daughter to run in a race. She doesn’t like to run in public. Ugh. Teenage girls.

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    Lexa says:

    Love this post! So much fun!

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    Samantha says:

    “We were actually early for a change which was nice.” HAHAHAHAHA. That told made me laugh. And a kid’s race with an actual fire, fire truck, and fire people at the start – it doesn’t get better than that. Sam

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    Anita says:

    Best race recap ever! Great job boys, hope to hear all about your next big race :)

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    ang_e_lina_ says:

    I loved reading this! Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures boys. I think you guys should definitely be guest posters more often! oh and Congrats on the PR!! ;-)

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    Lexy (Alexia) Haynes says:

    yay! Adorable! They’re so cute. :) The next one you should film them telling you their story! Or have them dictate to you. Ha! I have “diary” entries from myself when I was their age – which my Mom wrote as I dictated to her. They’re pretty cute. This is great, love seeing it from their little perspectives! :)

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    Kristen says:

    Just wanted you to know i LOVE the plantain cupcake recipe. I added some kale to the blender today to sneak in some veggies and you can’t taste it :)

  23. 23

    Such a cute post! It’s great that your whole family races.

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    OMG – just love Kristin – no words just love! You know I do! :)

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    Marcia says:

    I die. How adorable!


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