We were so happy to see Trish & Jacob Sorber, friends of ours that we have known since Marin & Eliza were in Schuyler's kindergarten class. The twins are always so amazing --- I remember the comment Jacob made to me when Schuyler went to the girls birthday party -- "We think Schuyler has replaced Diego!" -- the girls just love Schuyler. :) He is such a shy kid and not mixing with all the girls right now - so he kept his distance and refused a photo op. Oh well. I got some great photos of all the kids! Jacob is a cancer survivor and it was great to share my experiences and some how when you talk to others that have experienced what you have gone through in cancer treatment - it truly creates a special bond, one I never would have known before. For that I am thankful. I love the velour hippie outfit full of color and Jacob's dyed bluish purple hair. :)
The kids got their dash in first and the day was so clear and crisp. Schuyler actually put some speed on his run and it was good to see! :) He loves soccer, skiing and all sports --- so great to have an active boy! I think he is actually looking forward to skiing, and is going up to Vermont with his good friend Aidan next weekend to get that winter excitement brewing! ;)
Then we lined up for the Monster Mash 5K - a 3.1 mile run around some side streets starting and ending at the Library. I meet this girl Jill, a triathlete - who everyone was eyeing as she is the fast girl in town. :) She was so sweet and it was great to connect once I chatted with her about different athletic events we had done at the same time. She was in Clearwater at the World's 1/2 Ironman Championship after qualifying at Timberman. Both races I had done at the same time. She said she was so happy to finally meet me -- such a great energy to connect with - hopefully we will connect to train when I am feeling better down the road.
Schuyler - not one for impromptu photos :)
I love the start of races, so exhilarating and full of energy -- everyone sprinting their way and working to get their pace. I am never very good about hanging in the back, so I push to the front as we round the common, soon to be passed by Jill and one other young girl. It is such a beautiful area with all the colors still on the leaves it made for such a beautiful run around town.
Trisha ran with me for a little while and then I had to stop and tie my shoe. My stomach wasn't feeling so hot and probably from the crash earlier my breathing just wasn't on --- and I really didn't feel like pushing much -- so I eyed the corners of each turn and looked at my Garmin for the mileage and eventual finish. Steve could tell I wasn't pushing and got some great photos of me floating to the finish. :) I kept my Chicago Marathon track jacket on the whole way as the weather was definitely a bit chilly for a tank top. The last part of the race was uphill on Route 181 and the wind was at our face as we ran up the last hill. Not actually a PR flat course for some you could hear grumbling about the "hill" at the finish. :) But me, I love hills - it is definitely an advantage to love hills and love challenges. Makes you stronger in the end. :)
It was great to see Steve and get my big hug at the finish -- :) 23 minutes for a 5K - just about a 7 min/mile - not to bad for a jog around town. Can't wait to feel better so I can push harder. I have a feeling when I come back from this I will be stronger than ever. I just feel it.