I knew his class would be lining up for recess in minutes (perhaps they were not already lining up). Time was of the essence!
While his reading was slow, his momentum was carrying him to unprecedented (for him) accuracy on an unprecedented leveled text. I had already encouraged him, "to hang in there," and had already praised his progress while encouraging him to keep reading.
But then, in a manner familiar to those of us who teach 1st graders, he stopped reading, stood up and announced as he left the room, "I gotta go." It was clear he had to go. With 25 words to go, he had to go. And, that was the end of the morning and that running record.
"I guess it will just be an incomplete running record," I smiled to myself realizing that I clearly had the information I needed and I was the only one who would probably ever notice that the running record was incomplete (until I shared the information with the masses on this blog).