The Neon Run!

So, two Saturdays ago, I ran my first 5k with some friends!!

It was a super fun neon-dance-party-pseudo-rave kind of thing. AKA, untimed, and a BLAST. (But I did still kind of try to time it and I think we completed it in 40ish minutes! Which is pretty dang good in my book. Haha). It was at Candlestick Park (where the 49ers used to play), and we even got to run through the stadium at one point! Not ON the field though…that would have been cool. And not on the stairs either…that would not have been cool. Hahahaa.

I’ll let the pictures tell the story:

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Shari, getting her war paint on

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Jayna, Shari, myself, Arica, and Brittney!

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Blacklight glow zone!

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Arica looked SO awesome. And her gel nails were glowing like crazy.

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BOOM.

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Dance partay!

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It was pretty awesome. And pretty much the closest any of us Moms are ever going to get to a rave…on a church night. Hahaha 🙂

Seriously, these ladies are awesome. I am so lucky to live exactly where I am, surrounded by them and countless other fantastic friends! Jayna and Shari are pretty much pro runners, Brittney has some impressive races under her belt, and Arica and I are super slow newbies. But they all slowed down to jog beside us (and encouraged us to try this whole running thing in the first place, haha)! Also I wore my craptastic old running shoes (glow paint was EVERYWHERE), and they were killing my feet/ankles halfway through. So Shari found out we wear the same size and she up and traded shoes with me so I wouldn’t hurt myself. Talk about giving the clothes off your back. Pretty sure I shed a tear for that one…or maybe that was just eye leakage from the wind in my face. Either way, I was touched : )

And as for that triathlon training….well, it’s going! This week was kind of a bust. But the two weeks prior were pretty decent! Brittney and I are training together. We run on our own, but we’ll swim and go on bike rides together after our kiddos are asleep. Actually, we’ve just done it twice so far….dang, it is so hard to feel like biking and swimming after a long hard day chasing kids. And it’s even harder to get the training done in the wee hours of the morning when your kids aren’t reliable sleepers yet. But we’ll work it out….I’m just happy to be training and to have a goal  to work toward! Someday I’ll complete a triathlon, even if I’m not ready this August.

Hope your summer is off to a fantastic start! We’re off to a family camping trip next weekend, I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and tell you all about it ; )

love, Rach

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Who AM I??

So, let me tell you all about how my life got flip-turned upside down…

Okay so it’s not really THAT dramatic. I didn’t get into any fights and I’m not moving across the country. I’ve just had a major change of heart.

Allow me to wax nostalgic on you here for just a sec.

When my sister was in middle school, she joined the track team and ran hurdles. I was inspired by her athleticism, and decided I should start running too. I had always hated running, but had gotten to the point of ALMOST not hating it once, when I had a friend to jog with in gym class.

So, I decided that my sister would run with me and that I would totally be the star of my high school track team next year. I started off with a great runner’s high!

I made it less than two blocks before being completely and totally wiped out.

And no, I’m not talking about city blocks. I’m talking neighborhood blocks, in our funky Seattle suburb, which really amounted to less than 100yds. More or less. I had no desire to go on, or to push through the pain, and I developed shin splints.

That story basically sums up my lifelong relationship with running.

But today – I find myself having gone running consistently for two months, beginning triathlon training today, and running my first 5k on Saturday. Also I went to a fancy running store and told them to tell me why my feet were hurting and then bought some expensive shoes (which I love).

WHO DO I THINK I AM?!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?

Now, this does not mean I am fast or athletic. I am down to a pretty consistent 12 minute mile, and that’s probably where I’m going to stay. I rarely run for over a mile, 2 miles is my max at this point, so yeah I’m a little nervous for that 5k. I still have little desire to push through the pain — I think my pain threshold might be slightly altered after bearing/birthing a child and this is why it’s easier for me ; ) Also, I have the raddest group of friends here, who are always encouraging me to be healthier and joining me for slow-stroller-jog-walks!

ANYWAY. Just wanted to let you all know I’ve apparently lost my marbles. Hopefully I’ll be able to take a break from my insanity often enough to update you on my adventures! Thanks for reading this blog of mine. You’re the best.

love, rach