Finally! I can mark “run a 5K race” off my bucket list. For the past three years, our family’s foundation has sponsored a 1/2 marathon, 5K and Kid’s Fun Run race at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah to earn funds for a state-of-the-art children’s museum. Last year, I proclaimed on the microphone during the awards ceremony that I would run the race the next year. Last Saturday was “next year” and I held true to my word. Collin, Stefyn, Konsti, Michal and I ran the 5K race together. (There were 2,500 runners in the three races!)
My only goal was to run the entire thing without stopping–and I did! Konsti came in 15th and was first in his division. Colin was 22nd and 2nd in his division–right behind Konsti. I ran a bit over a 10 minute mile which I know isn’t super fast–but I was happy since it was my first real effort.
There were a few things I learned during the race which applies to life:
1. It’s okay to go slower on the uphills.
2. It’s okay to go faster on the downhills.
3. Always take the right security measures–like double knotting your shoe laces!
4. No matter how hard the path, always endure to the end and get past the finish line!
5. Always cheer others on. There was no greater feeling than having people ecstatically cheering at the finish line.
6. Remember the short time running may be grueling, but the feeling of elation for the rest of the day makes up for it!
This cute friend also ran with us (we met through sccrapbooking, of course!):
I was super proud of Kade. He’s not a runner and hasn’t trained for a 1/2 marathon. However, Taylor has run in several marathons. So–Kade decided “Why Not?” and ran 13.1 miles with Taylor without stopping! They ran over the finish line holding hands–how romantic!
Kade literally couldn’t get out of bed yesterday morning–he was in so much pain. Way to go, Kade and Taylor!
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think my next race will be a 10K. Wow–did I really way that? I don’t even really like to run.
I got back from Missouri last week and met so many amazing people at Table Scraps–a fundraiser for the food coalition in Columbia. Thanks for making me feel so welcome.
This cute gal invited me to the event:
Eva (with her 12-year-old son, Austin) had another great idea while I was there. This is our church’s newest temple in Kansas City, Missouri. An open house for the public to view the temple was going on while I was there. Nearby is Liberty Jail–a very significant place for our church. Eva, Austin, my friend Les (photo below) and I walked the six miles from the Liberty Jail to the new temple (in very cold, windy conditions) in honor of the leaders of our church who were in the Liberty Jail for four winter months during 1838-1839. I was so proud of Eva and Austin! Eva lost almost 50 pounds for the walk and also has a handicapped leg. And Austin was a trooper–not many children his age would have attempted a long walk in the bitter cold!
Here I am with Les Ackman who I also met through scrapbooking!
The homeward stretch was ever so sweet. Seeing that temple in the distance was music to our ears!
Life remains hectic and busy! The weather has been beautiful for the most part here in Utah. Makes me want to get out and dig in the dirt!
Hope you’re enjoying warmer weather as well!