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Girls on the Run 5K, Etc.

What a great day! I woke up about 6:45A,  got up and put on my pink GOTR t-shirt, ate a Zone Protein Bar for breakfast, and made it to CU-ICAR shortly after 8AM. I picked up my race pack, pinned on my “GOTR Coach” tag and my race number. They had all kinds of booths set up for the girls. They got their faces painted, got their hair sprayed with pink and glitter, got little GOTR 5K washable tattos, chapstick, BiLo coupons, orange wedges, bananas, bagels, Rita’s Italian Ice samples, water, lemonade, and even coffee for the grown ups. It was fabulous! And B93.7 was there documenting the whole day. I grabbed a small coffee and a half banana before the race. It was just what I needed.

We started just before 9AM and my co-coach, Carmine, got to lead the whole race in pre-race stretches. She did a great job!

Carmine Leading Stretches

Pre-Race Stretching

At 9AM, they blew the whistle and the race was on! The girls did such a good job! I’m so proud of them!

Coach Melissa (that's me) & My Running Buddy

I ran with our fastest runner (which surprised me). We kept each other going. I ran the whole first mile with no problem, then I walked for about a minute and started running again. I only walked 3 times for about a minute or so, I think. It was a lot of fun. Towards the end, I told my running buddy, “Okay, if you were on the treadmill and saw 2.7 miles, would you keep going? I would! Come on, you can do it!” By the last little bit we hit a good stride and I hit a “runner’s high.” I crossed the finish line at 34:20. I know it’s not super fast, but it’s probably the fastest I’ve ever run 3.1 miles. I usually walk more than what I did today. It was so much fun to see the girls succeed! I’m pretty sure all of them beat their practice 5K times! I’m just so proud of them!

Little Miss Initiative

Girls on the Run is So Much Fun!

Family Involvement! Lots of Parents & Siblings ran too!

Spunky - Speedy - Spirited

I used to say I didn’t understand why people payed to run, but after today, I kinda get it. It was so much fun to run with that many people! They keep you going! The last picture is of a girl on my team whose mom was my freshman Speech teacher in college. What a small world! Her mom and I ran near each other pretty much the whole race. It was really fun to run with her! And there was no way I was going to let her beat me. 🙂

After the race, I came home and took a nice hot bath, used a sugar scrub my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas on my feet, and soaked in some oils. It was so refreshing!

WholeFoods 365 All Natural Lavender and Mint Body Washes, Organix Coconut Shampoo & Condition, Burt's Bees Facial Cleanse, Homemade Sugar Scrub

Then I got ready and headed to Earth Fare for a “Free Lunch with Purchase” with my sister and nephews. We each bought a drink and got sandwich, soup, and chips for free! I love Earth Fare coupons! I had a veggie hummus wrap with vegetarian 3 bean chili, tortilla chips, and Coconut Water. I know Coconut Water is good for me – electrolytes and minerals and such – but it really wasn’t that tasty. Everything else was delicious though.

My Sis & Jordan (yes, we're twins, no, really, we are)

"Aunt Mel" & Micah

My Lunch!

Weekend Glimpse

Well, I’ve made it through my first week of classes and full-time work. It’s going to be a busy load, but I’m thankful to have Bryan’s support. He cleaned the bathroom and even went to the grocery store today for me.

Breakfast was blackberry quinoa. Snack was figs with ricotta and honey-cinnamon butter. Lunch was a small bagel with organic cream cheese. It was a long day at work. But I got to look forward to one of my good college buddies coming to stay with us for the weekend! While I anticipated her arrival, I straightened up the house and made a big lasagna. While the lasagna baked, I did the XStretch video in preparation for my first 5K tomorrow!

The lasagna was delicious! I made half with all-natural ground chuck for Bryan and half with veggies for me (organic mushrooms, Vidalia onion, and green pepper and summer squash from Saturday’s market basket). I used 1 jar of Earth Fare’s Organic Portobello Mushroom spaghetti sauce and 1 jar of Muir Glen’s Organic Mushroom Marinara Sauce. For the cheese, I used 1/2 large container fat-free ricotta cheese, salt, pepper, and filled the second 1/2 of the container loosely with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and mixed in 1 all-natural egg.

Dinner’s done. I had some good catch-up time with Meg, though she’s feeling sick and tired after traveling today. 😦 Bryan’s friend Josh came over for dessert and now he and Bryan are chatting. Meg is in bed and I am heading to my bed momentarily. I need a good night’s rest before tomorrow’s run. We have to be at the race at 8AM. Start time is 9AM. It should be a fun morning! Bryan’s even coming to cheer me on, even if it rains.

Then I have a couple errands to do and Bryan’s probably helping photograph a wedding. At 2, he and the guys are coming over to watch soccer while my friend April and I address baby shower invites for my cousin! They’re adorable! I can’t wait to see them printed!

Saturday evening I need to study and put my schedule in my daytimer with all my assignments and due dates. Then hopefully I get at least an hour to chill and maybe hang with Meg some more (she has plans all day on Saturday). Then she’s coming to church with us on Sunday a.m. before heading home. Meg was my prayer partner in college. I’ve missed our prayer times.

Well, all, it’s past my bedtime. I’ll let you know how the race goes…even if it’s just a comment on this post. Good night!