I have always, always, always hated....wait, not sure hated is even a strong enough word...more like despised the cold. I am the kind of girl that likes to stay warm and nothing makes me happier on a cold day than cuddling up by my warm fire in my room with a cup of hot cocoa knowing I am protected from those nasty outdoor elements. So no one is more surprised than I that I actually leave the comfort of that fire and Snuggie (the truth is I do have a Snuggie but prefer my lambswool blanky!) and go out in the cold cruel world in the mornings to run. If someone had told me even five years ago that I would be doing that, I would have bet them a life time supply of chocolate that THAT would NEVER happen. Well here I am, doing it on some of the coldest days of winter. This year I haven't been as good (been a whimp!) as usual because it got so cold so fast that I didn't get that time to climatize slooooowly...
Anyway, here are some shots of the runs:
I didn't hate this race quite as bad as I did last year. Oh how I hated it last year. This one was much better partly because the turkey thief wasn't running it this year. For some reason last year I really struggled on this course, but this year it was much more enjoyable. And I WON a turkey for 1st place in my age division! I think Dave was happier about that than I was! He was thinking, "cha ching"!
Heather, Heidi, Julie, and me eating at the Union Grill after we picked up our packets and Santa Suits a few days before.
I had some fun posing in this get up. It's not everyday I dress up like a Santa!
Look who showed up? Yes the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who! I love the Grinch! Mainly because McKay was obsessed with him for most of his childhood. He was the star of the whole race.
I ran it with my friends Heather, Heidi, and Julie. We had a total blast. It's just a fun, no pressure race. We mainly do it just for the insanity of it all!
Showing them how much we appreciated it ↓
♪♫ "I saw DADDY kissing Santa Claus!" ♫♪
I ran this 5K with Julie and Jen.
Everyone in this photo is from my church. We had a strong showing this year.
Waiting AND freezing before the start.
Crossing my fingers (mittens) I will win one of those trophies!
It's a 5K race. Today was the best weather I've had while running this race. In the past I have ran in blizzards, hail storms, icy wind, and it's almost always at least snowing...today was awesome, other than the air quality was really - really bad. Each breath felt like the air was very thick.
Look what I found! Yep, Tyson was there to support me too...
The best part of all was I WON FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!! Yippee! I was soooooooo excited that I finally got one of those coveted little snowmen!