Welcome to the Best Race Ever...
|Yes, we were slightly inspired by Michael Scott!|
This weekend held the my first ever race where I was in charge of organizing it and putting it on. I would be lying if I said I hadn't been stressing about it a bit. True, it was just family and friends getting together to run a 5k, but since a lot of them weren't runners, I was feeling a lot of pressure to make this event uber fun and hopefully inspire them to keep racing or pick up some sort of activity. Plus, 5k people had no chance at prizes, so I wanted my runners to be winners and that added more stress. But it was good stress. The kind I sort of thrive on. In the end this ended up being our swag bag.
|The socks are from Chrissy's Knee High Socks HERE (full review and GIVEAWAY to come) and the reflective headband is from AC Designs on Etsy (review to come on this too!)|
Apparently, Jesse's brother Dr. Nathan, also felt the need for a self portrait!
|The Runners (from leftish)-Drake, Heidi, Sawyer, Hunter, Kannon (stroller), Nate, Jesse, Me, Raya, Kambria, Nathan, Kalli, Ramona, and Clarissa in the front. Not pictured Erica (she was nice enough to take the pictures)|
|That's right, the stickers were for our butts! They served two purposes; so people could see us from behind and so we had a easy "good game" target!|
|We just really like pictures with our butts! Heidi, Me, and Clarissa|
Raya and I were together when we passed our husbands and they were doing great! Raya's man, Dr. Nathan, doesn't run but he should he was killin it! After a bit I let Raya go on, and I stayed back with Heidi and her boys since my knees were hurting and I didn't want her left in the back. When we got back into the park it was really dark. Like really, really dark! I quickly remembered there were speed bumps when I tripped over one. It was graceful, but I was careful to keep my eye out for them. It felt like we had been running a long time and at some point I lost Heidi to a phone call so I kept going alone. As I was describing the course to everyone they said it sounded long, but I said I thought it was right, I had double checked. Getting close to the finish, though, it was feeling long, yet somehow I had kept running the whole way. From nowhere a flashing being jumped out and it was Heidi, coming to finish with me. She had cut through the park. So we made our way to the finish line, not very dramatically because it is hard to sprint when you are terrified of face planting over a speed bump. Finally we crossed the table and all our glow in the dark friends! Then I got the bad news. 42:15. That was my time. Ouch, I knew I was running slow and we had to stop to pick up a kid or two, but...oh wait what's that more bad news. The course was 6.2k not a 5k. Oops. Course mapping FAIL! Time still sucks but not as bad I guess!
Luckily no one seemed to mind my goof up too bad! Then it was time for prizes and medals. The prizes, candy bars. That's what you really want after running anyways right? Here is our finishers photo, some people are displaying their medals and prizes! And yes Jesse has a green mouth from slamming home some Fun Dip immediately after the race!
Then a few of us celebrated our kid free existence with a dinner at a local Mexican place and it was awesome! Unfortunately for our poor waiter, we let the boys sit in a booth together and they were ridiculous, but they had a great time! All in all I think we all had a great time. It felt great to be running for such an amazing purpose. Coincidentally we happened to have our race on Livestrong Day! Thank you to all my participants and to Laura for holding such a great event. It makes me very excited to maybe do something like this for autism and Peyton in the spring! And there is still time to do this virtual race, by the way, you have until the 10th! Just click HERE for all the info and tell her we sent ya.
P.S. Don't forget to enter our giveaway for a "HEART" to run necklace HERE. It is awesome motivation courtesy of Jessica's Gifts!