My sister-in-law, Kristyn (married to Vic's brother) is a talented runner and inspiration to me. As a couple, they are excellent at doing two things (among others) that are key to happiness:
Working hard and having fun.
This is the couple who, for the ward trunk or treat, brought an actual DOOR with a working doorbell to the church parking lot. Needless to say, they won the prize for best trunk or treat.
So I'm not ashamed to say that I completely, entirely, unabashedly, whole-heartedly STOLE their idea to do a 5 month 5K. (Kristyn is due a few weeks before me--also with a girl).
I invited a handful of friends and 4 of them showed up in winter running gear to brave the 3.2 mile run in the bitter cold. It was 4 degrees when I woke up Saturday morning. By 10 a.m. it had warmed up to 12 and when the race started at 11 I think it was around 20 degrees. Park City folk are used to this. And we're tough.
Vic and I mapped out the route the night before, complete with chalk on the paved trail to signal the turn-around point and short phrases of encouragement. We had water bottles, fruit, and granola bars at the finish line, and of course a ribbon to break.
I was proud of my time, considering I'm 5 months pregnant, the trail was covered partly in ice, the altitude up here is no joke, and it was freezing outside. (I say this to make myself feel better about how insanely BETTER Kristyn's time was than mine. They live in California--come on! And my tummy is way bigger than hers. Baby has nowhere to go in this little body of mine).
Ok, done justifying .
It was so fun to run with Vic and my supportive and fun friends! Thanks to Vic for staying up late the night before to make the t-shirts. (I may have snuck away telling him I was too exhausted and watched an episode of Downton Abbey).
Sherri and Jane--in their 40's and 50's, respectively, leading the pack the entire race. I'm telling you--tough.
My fellow Rexburger (grew up in the same ward, took piano from her mother, sang in choir together), Cherie Call Hall, consenting to let me go ahead so I wasn't the last one to cross the finish line.
9 month 9K anyone?