Saturday morning, I got up my daughter up on the early side and we headed down to the Luck of the Irish 5K in downtown Jefferson City. Weather had turned super cloudy and cool with some wind overnight. So much for our tiny taste of spring. We had more than enough time for getting our packets. We ran into a lot of people we know including Lukas from Team Virtus and some former co-workers and bike friends and neighbors and other friends from school, family members, etc. Daughter was a social bee buzzing from group of friends to group of friends. When there was only about 10 min before the race, we headed up the hill to the start line and hung with Susan and her boys and my niece waiting for the gun.
|Girls are ready to run. Mine is on the left and her cousin is on the right.|
I knew running with my soon to be 9 year old would mean no PR though truthfully, my running is kind of sucking lately and there wasn't a lot of the time that I was really slowed down by her. When she thought we were almost done (she didn't realize that the finish line was about 0.1 mi past the start), she started sprinting and she knocked it out of the park. The race clock starts with the gun, but there is a sensor at the finish line that records your time at the end. She finished in 36:47 and I came in right behind her and with my niece at 37:07. Last year she did 40:04 so a great PR on a hard course with hills. She may be able to outrun me in another year or two so I'll enjoy sharing this with her as long as I can.
|Me and my girl catching our breath at the finish|
|Susan and I at the finish. Moms are always stuck carrying everything.|
Today I also heard about the loss of a friend from high school. I spent four years of choir with this guy, but hadn't really kept in touch (though he'd sold me my bathroom and kitchen fixtures when we built our house 10 years ago). He had a gorgeous voice and a beautiful spirit. He had just turned 40. There was a car accident, he got out to check the damage and collapsed and was dead an hour later. So hard to wrap my head around. Another reminder that life can be short and I shouldn't put off too many things for "someday".
Kids are off school tomorrow. Husband is off school all week (spring break). I'm going to try to get some work done. They are hoping to go to the gun range with a new purchase they recently made. Both of my boys are giddy with excitement. Daughter isn't a slouch at the range either though. She is getting a bow for her birthday and will probably be outshooting her brother in no time.
Swimming = 7800 yds = 4.4 mi
Biking = 282.3 miles
Running = 72.2 miles