And I did it. I ran the 13.1 miles - not sure I have been so glad to be done with a race in a long time - as I was definitely struggling, but bottom line I finished. Like I said I was less than thrilled with my time, but my number one fans found me immediately and gave me big hugs and it made it all worth it. Then we found my uncle who finished shortly after me and gave him a big hug as well! All of us soaked at this point - but all still smiling...just enjoying the day and being together surrounded by the excitement of such a great race. Wierdly for me - before we even made it home I was over the race. Usually I think and rethink what I could have done better or how I should have pushed longer for that last mile or so - but by the time I had gotten out of the shower I was no longer even thinking about the race. Just not sure I am into racing right now - think I really am in a cycle of my life where running is just not a top priority - and strangely to me as well I am totally okay with it. Please don't get me wrong, it's not like I am going to stop running, I am definitely going to keep up with my 5am runs with my best buddy Colleen, and hope to try to keep up with my other running buddies, Shelly, Kathy and Karen (when she is back from having her baby girl - due any day!) among others, but think I am going to take a break from real racing for a while. I may get suckered into a few local 5 and 10Ks over the summer - but nothing big for a while until I am mentally and physically ready and rearing to go again.
That said, plan is to just keep my focus on my family, on work, my house and yard, and of course on cupcakes, then fitting in running with my friends as much as I can!
Back to the real event of the weekend though - I have to say my mom's graduation was simply AWESOME. I knew it would be a special moment and definitely knew I wanted to be there - but I never imagined how cool it would really be to see her be hooded for the PhD she has been working on for so long. She actually started working towards this degree when my bro and I were little but put it on hold to focus on us. Then a few years ago she picked it back up full-time and now has finally completed her thesis and is officially Dr. Mom! :)
Dr. Grandma and her Number 1 Fan!
Mom being hooded for her PhD!
A little messy...and wish the grahm crackers were a little more square...but worked out pretty well!