What does it take to get two 23 year olds up at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday?

The perfect opportunity for a surprise, that’s what 🙂

This past Saturday, my dad was running the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon in Louisville, and he had told us it may be his last half marathon. My dad has run countless half marathons (literally – he can’t count how many because he’s lost track after so many) and a few marathons, so the fact that this may be his “retirement” from the 13.1 race was a big deal.

We decided to take advantage of only being 2 hours away and show up to cheer him on – in proper attire of course!

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2014-10-24 15.25.51My mom, Nathan and I created these t-shirts for everyone the weekend he and I went home for fall break. The front says “Team Hartog” and the back says “PIFLDR”, which is one of the running jokes (pun intended) in our family: Pound It For Long Distance Running. Yeah…Nathan has married into that…willingly, believe it or not! 😉

Ali and Luke, Nate and I, Ted and Mom each wore our t-shirts to support Dad. He had a cheering section that stretched from Indy to Nashville to Houston!

We made it to our spot on the course, around the 3-mile mark, by 8 a.m. Luckily for us, Dad sent a pre-race photo so we knew exactly what he had on and knew what to look for among the thousands of runners!

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Nathan won “Husband of the Month” for his total awesomeness the whole time. (And that title was bestowed by my dad, who thought Nathan should get a medal for it. I fully support that!)

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It wasn’t long after the race started that we spotted our target…and it wasn’t long after that before he spotted us!

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We both got big hugs from dad before he was off and running again – this time with me by his side! I checked out the race course and saw that miles 3-7 went through Cherokee Park, an old favorite route that Dad and I would run frequently. I thought it would be the perfect stretch of the race to join him for a few miles!

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Dad probably thinking “Are you seriously trying to take a photo right now???”

…And a few hills, apparently. But we’re still smiling at the top!

Dad's friend from the race was nice enough to stop and take this photo for us!
Dad’s friend from the race was nice enough to stop and take this photo for us!

It was SO much fun and made the whole 5 a.m. start worth it!

I met Nathan back at the car and we headed to the house for lunch with Mom and Dad before heading back to Indy. It was beautiful weather for a drive and we got back home with plenty of daylight left in the day. With such a big adventure so early in the day, the rest of our Saturday was pretty low-key. We enjoyed some nice time being couch potatoes before hitting the hay.

Mission “Surprise Dad at His Half Marathon” = Success! 🙂

4 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished…Well Done, Team PIFLDR

  1. Thank you so much for representing the Hartog kiddos! I know it meant so much to Dad to have you there. You and Nate definitely went the extra mile (get it?!) 😉

    1. I’ve been smiling off and on all day just remembering what a fun weekend it was 🙂 So glad I got to run Cherokee with you! Hope your legs are feeling okay!

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