Thursday, November 24, 2011

checking it off the list

At the start of the New Year{2011}, our family spent some time writing down some goals(both personal and family)for the new year. I casually wrote down "RUN my first 5k." I had no idea how I was going to accomplish this task since I was not a runner and for the simple fact that I didn't really have any desire to become one:-). Carter wrote down the very same goal for himself and so we decided that the Roseville Turkey Trot was the designated place for our very 1st 5k.

So on Thanksgiving morning, we headed over to the Turkey Trot with our family in tow. They came out to cheer us on. This is Carter and I before the race and before the rain started.

We met up with my some friends, Debby and Renae. It was Debby's 1st 5k, too! Renae was running the 10k.

Here we are (Carter, Deb and I)right before the race started. We are excited and ready to go. This is when it began to rain.

John and the boys walked down a ways so they could cheer us on and snap some photos as we started. Carter took off and I was a little bit behind him...only 11 minutes, but who's counting :-)? There were so many people, we had to maneuver our way through the crowd to set our own paces.

The only goal I had for myself was to finish the race without stopping. I wanted to run the entire 3.1 miles without stopping. I am happy to report that I achieved my goal. As I was nearing the finish line, there were little groups of people waiting for others. As they stood there, they cheered everyone who ran by, on. I got very emotional and a little choked up/teary eyed. This was such a BIG deal for me. One more major check mark for my life to-do list.

At the actual finish line, there stood my little family waiting for me.
Here are photos of Carter and I crossing the finish different times of course. Mr. long legs had a very good run. I am so proud of him.

Carter has already asked(several times) if we can run another now. I am still soaking this one in. I am pretty sure we will be running another race in the near future. As for right now. I am happy to have checked this one off of the list.


Morgan said...

I remember that feeling of almost crying when I ran my first 5k last Thanksgiving - it is amazing, isn't it? You guys looked great - way to go!

mer said...

love your smile in the photos... so beautiful and happy!

Laurie, the girls and Scott said...

You are a super, superstar! Congratulations!

katie said...

Super awesome Raimi!

Meridee said...

How cute are you! Way to go little lady!

Annie said...

fantastic raimi! you are inspiring!