Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day + "Girls on the Run" 5K

I hope everyone's having a good week. Mine's been pretty good.  We're wrapping up the school year around these parts.

Hope you had a good weekend.  Here's mine in snippets:

My sister-in-law was in our area this weekend.  Sometimes when she's in town, we'll all go to Cheesecake Factory and chow down. I had a running event the next morning (more on that in a minute), so I didn't order my usual.  My usual happens to be a dish that made news earlier this year for being super fattening, so I ended up going for a less carby dish. I went with steak and shrimp scampi, which may be my new Cheesecake Factory favorite.  (I skipped the cheesecake.  Thankfully I don't LIKE cheesecake.)

For Mother's Day, my mom came our way:

(The fact that we have on an almost identical outfit was NOT planned.  It's kinda scary actually. Who wants to walk in and find themselves dressed like their MOM?? Ha!)

Now I wouldn't mind looking like her 20 years from now. I mean, seriously, does this face look like it's in its 50s? (I LOVE this pic of her and M, by the way.)

Speaking of M, I am so tickled that she eats salad. When I was a little girl, I had no interest in eating ANYTHING green. I guess I should be happy she'll eat a salad because she "doesn't like" veggies in general.  She has to be tricked into eating them usually.

Anyhoo, Mother's Day was great.  After lunch, my mom took M to the mall to get a cookie because she'd been good at school. She'd had a rough few days (my talkative, STUBBORN child...), so my mom promised her a "cookie from the mall" if she did better.  She was so excited about that cookie. 

So anyway, about that run I mentioned last week...

...it was my local Girls on the Run 5K. Girls on the Run is an organization geared toward helping girls grades 3-8 realize the importance of emotional and physical health.  It inspires young girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. What is there not to love?

The girls were so adorable in their tutus, pretty ribbons, face paint, and knee socks. And their enthusiasm was contagious. It was such a fun environment.

Doing the Wobble

I'd signed up to be a Running Buddy.  A Running Buddy encourages her "assigned" girl as she completes the 5K.  She is her girl's personal cheerleader, running beside her the whole time. I looked forward to meeting a sweet little girl, but was I nervous, too. My fear was that I'd get the oldest age group, and my "buddy" would be taller and more athletic than my 30-year-old self, 5'1 self - ha!

I ended up being assigned to an elementary school. The team to which I was assigned had enough Running Buddies than girls thanks to heavy parent participation (which I think is awesome).  The rest of us were told we could just run and enjoy, so I ended up joining the regular runners (adults who were there for the general 5K experience).

I ran into A (above), whose mom taught in my department before she retired.  A and I happened to be assigned to the same team, so we snapped this pic to send to her mom. 

So the question is, HOW DID I DO?

Well, I didn't pass out.  And apparently I wasn't as rusty as I thought - I ended up placing third in my age group. And while I didn't beat my personal record, my time was a whole 3.5 minutes faster than my very first 5K back in October. That feels great.  It certainly helps with my runners confidence. {Edited to Add:  Forgot to include my official time, which was 31:09. Nothing spectacular, but good for me.}

The Girls on the Run 5K was a great event that I hope to help with again next year.  If you're interested in learning more about Girls on the Run, go here (or here to find an event near you). 

Enjoy the rest of your week!


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