Oh hello again!
A good friend of mine was reading my blog (shout out to Lori!) and she said something funny to me - she said, "you are a runner with a running blog, but you never blog about running!"
So, yeah. About that. I think she may be right. I do blog from time to time about running and various sports I do, and probably should blog about it more. My blog tends to get neglected (something I'm working on, so stay tuned and check back more often!)
I know, I know. You're pretty stoked. So am I. So without further adieu, HERE'S SOME FUN RUNNING BLOG STUFF (that's the technical term for this, I read it online, so it must be true):
Two weekends ago, I grabbed the very finest running friends a girl could have, and I bullied them into running a little local 5k with me. It was the Annual Laveen 5k race. I mean really. If you can't bully your friends, who CAN you bully? (Disclaimer: BULLYING IS WRONG)
Let's take a minute to talk about WHY I wanted to do this race. Check out the flag to the right of the "start" banner. Do you see the COW??! It's a happy heifer! Why would I NOT want to do this race?? Plus, the medal. It's a cow! Winning!!! Happy heifer for you! And you! And you! Heifers for everyone!
Fall in Phoenix is known for its almost crisp cool mornings (ok and by crisp and cool, let's be real. It was 80' outside, which is still a welcome change, so whatevs)
Above you will see the bestest heifers a girl could ask for. They got up at 4:30am to drive way far out, just to humor me and run this race with me. I love these crazy heifers. And they barely even complained. Maybe just a little, something about needing coffee...but seriously - I love these guys!
I've participated in many small local-ish races, and for the most part, my expectations were pretty low - I mean, it's a low budget local race. No pomp and circumstance, etc. I figured this one would be pretty mediocre, but hey, anything for a heifer medal.
Wrong. I was so wrong -- what a fun race! We arrived and were able to pick up our bibs/chips right away. They didn't run out of safety pins (because this heifer forgot her race belt, of course). They were SUPER friendly and seemed genuinely happy to see us. There was music, a few local vendors - and they even had some killer local dairy products (I mean, would you expect less at a heifer race??) The chocolate milk and orange milk (think: dreamsicle) were pretty cool. A few runners had brought their dogs, too. Just a great bunch of people.
Check out these cool tshirts, too!
Something y'all might not know - can't remember if I've mentioned it before - I'm a part of the I Run 4 Michael program. Not familiar with this? If you're a runner, you should DEFINITELY check it out. In case you're wondering who I run for - I run for Matthew, an amazing, super cute little boy who lives on the East Coast. He's got a few challenges, but man does he handle them well, with the best little grin to boot. I learn a few things from him and highly recommend you look into that program if you're looking for an even greater good to all your miles! I try to send him a medal from every race I do.
Speaking of sending medals - y'all who are veteran readers KNOW me. You know I do NOTHING - not one step - without the promise of a medal, especially after that stupid horrible very bad no good experience I had at the Lake Havasu Triathlon a few months back. So, if you have a free hour feel free to go back and read that. It's sure to give you a few good laughs, especially if you've done a triathlon or you like blingy medals. Aaaaaanway --- the fine folks over at the Laveen race were BEYOND generous - they gave me a medal, a tshirt and even a bib for my little buddy Matthew. (which I swear I'm sending this week, Matthew, I promise! I will! I will!) They didn't even blink twice when I asked. That's a class act, guys. Super kind of them and generous. I will do this race again next year for sure!
The course was an easy out-and-back over a few trails and a canal path. Nothing too crazy, no hills, and I am happy to report, no foul heifer odor in the air, which, here in Phoenix, is known to happen from time to time, especially when you're a bit out in the boonies. As we made our way to the end of the race, we were cheered for by other finishers. Just a great race all around. Here's some photos and if you're local to the PHX area - be sure to add this one to your list next year. Great training run, recovery run, or even just a good reason to get out and run for the sheer joy in running.