Great job to all my family who ran the 5k and the 10k this morning. You all did awesome!
This morning started out rainy and chilly. Just what I was hoping for my first 10k. Not really. Luckily, by race time the skies cleared and the sun started to peek out.
I wasn’t as nervous as I expected to be. I knew that I could do it, but it just might take me awhile.
Since it was a Halloween race, I wore my cheetah t-shirt and ears:
Don’t let the cheetah costume fool you though – I’m not fast. I’m like the old and sickly cheetah who can hardly walk, but the rest of the cheetah family has to keep around.
And I’m okay with it.
The race also had a pink fire truck, named Jessica - The Pink Heals Fire Engine. The goal of the Pink Heals is to help raise awareness for women who are fighting cancer. The pink fire engine is named Jessica in honor of a local 16 year-old girl, who is fighting bone cancer.
The race was nice. The track was flat and fast. There was a DJ and bounce house to keep the kids occupied. There was plenty of water and snacks. And those peanut butter cookies sure were good.
The only complaint I have is that the 5k and 10k started together. At about 1.5 miles on the track, the 5k runners were told by race volunteers to turn around to complete the 5k. The 10k runners were told to go on.
However, they didn’t have any signs stating this. They just had volunteer cheerleaders telling people. Which is fine, unless you had your music on and didn’t hear them. Also, there were cheerleaders all over the course, so if you had an iPod on, you didn’t realize that these cheerleaders were saying something besides rah-rah, you’re doing good.
Hopefully, they’ll fix this little problem next year. On the bright side, it gave my brother an awesome time for the 10k.
I finished towards the end of the pack. I’m very proud of myself for running my first 10k, and I am very proud of all my family, including my sister-in-law who recently had a baby & my 75 year-old Grandpa!
My step-mom came in 3rd for her age group:
Danny came in second for his age group. This man is like lightning, folks.
Marlene came in 1st for her age group. More lightning, my friends.
My grandpa came is 2nd place for his age group. I am so proud of him!
Everyone did great. Getting out there and being active is what matters. Being healthy to live a long life. I am proud to say that I have such an active family and we all support each other.
I was one of the few people who wore some kind of costume at all. It pretty much looks like I am the black sheep of this family:
They probably were mad at me for ruining what would have been a nice Smurf family picture. Ah well.
I did get a restaurant coupon for putting on some cat ears.
After the race, we went to Jersey Mike’s for sandwiches. This may be surprising, but I had a veggie sub.
Then we came home, where Danny is sleeping off his win.