Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The unexpected

Totally didn't expect to be interrupting my scheduled posting plan for this post.

Last night at 10:30pm my number one (and only) son offered me the opportunity to run with him in the Red, White and Boom race in Minneapolis.  Friends had backed out.  I could take one of their places.  Unexpected.

Wake up time:  3:45 am
Leave the house time:  4:15 am
Race start time:  6:30 am.
Record heat.  Record heat index.
My day off.

I've never, ever run in a race before.
In the few short hours I had to sleep, I managed to have several dreams nightmares that I'd forgotten how to run.  Brutal.

Originally a half marathon, this race was reduced to a 5 mile run due to the extreme heat.
Wouldn't have considered the half.  Five was do-able.

I had no personal bests to beat.  Nobody to impress.  Not afraid that I might have to walk. (There were many walkers).  We walked very little. (I say less than a mile, Nate thinks a little more than a mile)  I walk much faster than Nate.  Unexpected.  :)

"Best moments" . . . 

1.  Watching the little girls running/sprinting/walking along with us at the end -- they were about 8 or 9 years old, chatting it up the entire time.

2.  Realizing I was actually running this .... and not hurting or out of breath.  Unexpected.

3.  Crossing the finish line sprinting to keep my time under an hour!  (Seriously, how did I sprint that last 1/2 block?)  Very unexpected.

4.  The high five from my boy at the end of the race.  Unexpected.  Loved.

5.  A hot dog with mustard at 7:40 am.  Unexpected. Never consumed a dog that early before.

For those who like numbers.... these were my (unexpected) stats this morning...


  1. Congrats on the race & the spontaneity! Woohoo!!

  2. 4 things to say... Happy for your accomplishment, love the picture of you and Nate, Love your attitude and you are an inspiration. Way to go friend!

  3. Anonymous4:24 PM CDT

    Congratulations! That's great!

  4. WOW!!!! way to go!


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