Monday, June 11, 2012

Busy Busy Bee

I meant to blog last Saturday, but I've been pretty busy....

Last Saturday was the RiverRun 10k! Our big goal race! I was sooo nervous! But happy that morning because the weather was great! It was in the 60s! Paul dropped me off downtown at about 630a and I met up with Kim right away! I had an idea that I wanted to write a message in tape on the back of my shirt for the race. Kim said she wanted to too, so we did this:

Kim's Shirt

My Shirt
I'm so glad that we did it! We got lots of compliments on our shirts! It's funny, because she always runs to the left of me, so we never had to worry about it being backwards!

S2F Group Photo
We got to where the GoRun tent was and took our group picture at 7am. After the group photo, we made our way toward the starting line. There were LOTS of people! The gun sounded and we walked to the finish line and started running once our chip started timing. I remember looking at my Garmin and it said 0.48 miles and I already wanted to stop and walk, but I promised myself that I was going to run this whole thing. At about a mile in, we somehow got next to this woman that was singing loudly and horribly and she was walking and somehow ahead of us!

Traditional Pre Race Photo!
We were near a lot of the people from our group. Most of them were running, then walking, then running, then walking. That gets kind of annoying when you keep passing and getting passed by the same people over and over again, but we just kept running. We brought our hand held water bottles, so we didn't even have to stop for the water stations.

 I remember passing the 5k mark and being SO excited! And after the 5k mark, it seemed to get much easier! I was able to go faster with less effort and felt pretty good all around.

Stephanie with her sign!
Stephanie couldn't run it, but she said that she was going to come and cheer us on. Before the race, I was telling Kim that I wish we would've told her to meet us at mile 5, because that's when I felt like I would really need a cheerleader. Well, at mile 5, we didn't see Steph, but we saw the T1 and T2, the guys that help with our program. T1 saw us and pointed at us and gave us a thumbs up! It was really awesome! I felt like we did have someone at mile 5 cheering for us! Then we got to mile 6 and there was Stephanie with a sign! She yelled to us that we just had to cross the bridge and then we'd be finished. When we were on the bridge Kim said "Tell me when you're going to go!" and I said "I'm not going to! I can't!" Then we were almost there and I said "Okay, GO!" and we ran hard to the finish!

So happy!
I felt so freaking proud! We finished with a time of 1:25:52! I didn't really have a time goal, I just wanted to run the whole thing. The course was open for 90 minutes, so I was hoping to finish before the course closed and we did that!

Carrie and Kim Post Race Photo
I ran each mile for a different person.
I ran mile 1 for Elliott, because everything I do begins and ends with her.
I ran mile 2 for Paul, because he supports me in everything I do.
I ran mile 3 for Kim because it's always tough for her to get through from 2.5-3 miles, and because she is my biggest cheerleader!
I ran mile 4 for my dad, because this is a part of my life that he never got to see, and I know he would be really proud of me!
I ran mile 5 for my mom, because I know that she could do this too if she wanted to.
And I ran mile 6.2 for me, because I deserve this!

Sarah and Jennifer after the 2 mile
After the 10k, we found my sister-in-law, Jennifer and my niece, Sarah. They were watching Elliott for me and they were also running the 2 mile race! I liked watching the two mile race and Elliott got her picture in the paper watching it!

Elliott "Running Fast"
The Elliott ran the Tot Trot! At first she didn't want to have anything to do with it, but once she realized what was going on, she had a lot of fun! It was about 40 yards, but she thought it was cool!

Kara, Stephanie, and I
The Sunday after the race was Stephanie's wedding. I got up and met her at her parents hotel at 730am. My long time hair stylist came and did our hair for the wedding. Then we headed to the wedding. Paul had an event he was going to, so it was just Elliott and I. I was in the wedding, so Elliott sat with Kim. The wedding was beautiful and, of course, I cried! I made a toast as Matron of Honor, which I had never done before, and I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be!

The birds freaking her out!
This last weekend, we went to the RiverFest Fireworks on Saturday night with Jennifer and Sarah. Elliott really liked them! We also went into this thing where you can feed birds! Elliott liked it until the birds starting flying on her and that freaked her out!

Mexican Clown!
Then yesterday was my nephews birthday party. There was a Mexican clown and it was pretty entertaining!

Other than all that, I have been taking a lot of classes at the YMCA. I really like this one called Hip Hop Hustle!

Next up, half marathon training!!!


  1. Congrats!!! You did a great job :) I have my first 10k next month and it's starting to hit me

    1. I was super nervous, but it was awesome!

  2. yay! I'm hoping to do a 10k in october or november. Just because I don't think I'll be ready until then!

    1. You are doing great! It takes as long as it takes, but you will get there too!

  3. Congratulations on the 10K. I hope to do that one day. I just started so it will be a while. One goal for the future.

  4. Congratulations! That is an awesome accomplishment! I cannot even fathom running for an hour and twenty-five minutes straight! I can barely run 90 seconds! I hope to be where you are someday. : ) Congrats again!

    1. You will get there. At the beginning of my program, I remember the 90 second intervals and how hard they were!

  5. You are amazing! Congratulations on your first 10k, that's truly awesome! I can't wait to see your progress with the half marathon training! Yay!