Monday, February 16, 2015

How's it going? Time keeps on running!

How's it going?

Has it seriously been since Thanksgiving that I have written anything about running?!

After our Turkey Trot adventures, I've been running my heart out with The Hot Buttered Run 5k a couple days after Thanksgiving.  That was a ton of fun as i dressed the kids up as gingerbread cookies and ran dressed as a baker.  Somehow, we won the costume contest and I took home a new foam roller!

Next, I completed a half marathon in torrential downpour in Eugene a couple days before Christmas.  The race started with pouring rain on an out and back on sidewalks near a stream.  A friend who finished in the top ten for the race overall said that the water was starting to creep past the banks of the stream and start to touch the sidewalk.  By the time I came to the underpasses we were required to run under... I was wading through rapid water.  My Rynaud's disease left my wet feet and cold hands completely numb.  I collapsed into the arms of the volunteer who put the finisher's medal around my neck and she helped me inside to a friend who had to help undress me and get me into dry clothes.  I think despite the wasp stings from my first half, the numbing wind and rain made that one the worst race ever.  I'll have to think about it some more.

A week and a half later, I dressed up in an evening dress over my warmer running clothes and ran a 5K at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.  That has to be the most unique way I have "ran(g) in the new year".

 After that, I hosted a virtual 5K for my Moms RUN This Town group in January and did a "Snowflake 5K" in January.

This last weekend I completed a half marathon (the first for 2015) the day after Valentines Day and should get a recap up of that shortly.

...I see a theme here.  Looks like I do a race whenever there is a holiday?