You all might remember I came in First Place in a little race called The Winter Predictor down in Eugene in January. Through that win, I received a free race entry in to this month's Bring In Spring 5k. Since I've never actually done a real 5k, this was very exciting news!
When I came home Wednesday night with these babies... ('cept mine are even MORE purple)
...Mai let out a huge loving sigh and said "Mama, those shoes are sure sexy!" Ya BABY - that's right - I'm bringin' sexy back!
So, the kids and I headed down to Eugene yesterday and had a great visit with Mom & Dad and my bro. I had a couple things on my Eugene agenda. First, I headed out to lunch with Michael's wife, Nicole. I haven't seen her since the funeral and I was hoping we could just lose the kids - her THREE and my two - for a while and just take it easy like two moms need to do every once in a while. She asked where I wanted to go to lunch and I said "anywhere but Mexican - I have a race tonight and I don't want heartburn"...SOOOOO...she said she knew a place that had fantastic drinks and when we pulled up to Ring of FIRE, I doubted her ability to help me get to the race in one piece. She tried to talk me into a JALEPENO Margarita, and after one sip, I almost threw the race out the door, but instead I stuck with white wine and a yummy beef and rice dish.
After lunch we headed over to the hospital to see our cousin Rachel and baby Katelyn. Mama was spending some Kangaroo Care time with baby, so no pictures I can share with you. That baby is absolutely amazing. The whole thing is mind blowing. Seeing her in pictures was one thing, but being up close and in person was beyond incredible. We did snag a diaper, though - so this might help explain just how tiny she is...
...her diaper is the size of the screen on my cell phone!!
After the hospital it was time to get over to Sladden Park for the race. A trip to the Buck's and I was as ready as I would ever be.
Since this was my first 5K, I had no idea how I would do. I wasn't really sure how to pace myself in such a short race but I knew I didn't want to poop out too early. I told Mom and the kids to expect me back in 30 minutes or less.
They managed to see me at 4 different times during the race and give me high fives...
and raise my spirits as I finished mile one in about 8 minutes!! So much for not starting out too fast.
I came in 4/7 in my age group and 60/130 overall. I averaged 8:50m/m and I do believe I haven't run that fast for that far since training for my marathon in '06. I think I'm bringin' Julie back, too! It felt GRAND!!!!
This was my March run for Run For the Bling of it Challenge. One a month - right on track!