Posts tagged ‘race’

October 10, 2012

marathon MEN!

This weekend I cheered on two of my favorite guys at the Twin Cities Marathon. I left the finish line truly inspired and sooooo proud of our boys! As annoying as Brent and Barrett’s running schedules have been to my social calendar over the summer (i.e. no whooping it up Saturday night … have to run umpteen miles on Sunday morning at the crack of dawn), I am in awe of the dedication, commitment (are dedication and commitment the same thing?), strength, and determination these two exposed while gearing up for one crazy-long race. I am also thankful that Brent and Bear are tight – their running “partnership” allowed me to partner up with my sis and enjoy some bonus coffee shop / shopping time with her and my nephew.

All in all, the boys rocked the marathon and motivated me to do a little more running  … next summer.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the enormous support system / cheerleaders that lined the marathon route, shouted encouragement, drew signs, and/or jingled cowbells for Brent and Barrett. The love was definitely felt – I am so grateful for you all!

photo journalism courtesy of: mr. justin bradshaw

June 4, 2012

i found my shoes

so i never actually lost my running shoes, but  i literally have not made running a regular practice since college high school (excluding a few VERY sporadic runs throughout college). it sounds insane when i think of how many years ago that actually was. i got super into yoga for a while and worked out at the over-crowded gym on occasion, but have pretty much completely abandoned running since high school track and for a while that was fine.

then i got married.

and then my husband started running. i had never seen him run before we actually walked down the aisle but then one day he put on his tennis shoes and went for a run. the next day he went a little farther … and now – just a little while after he took his first married run, he’s preparing to run the Twin Cities Marathon. if that wasn’t enough to light a fire directly under my butt, then i thought i better cash in my running chips altogether. thankfully i wasn’t quite ready to do that. and thanks to you, honey, for seriously inspiring me.

instead of continuing to act like uncle rico and reminisce about the days of high school i decided to do what anyone would do and hopped on pinterest for some inspiration. i immediately had luck finding numerous pictures of women wearing near nothing with little to no body fat and a whole lotta workout clothes i wanted to buy. then (thankfully) i stumbled into something with a little motivation.

it actually sounds ridiculously cheesy when i read it out loud, but apparently, that’s what i needed. a real kick in the rear … it didn’t matter how slow i went, as long as i got goin’! this past weekend my sister, Amy, and great buddy, Beth, ran the Grand ‘ol Day 5k together – first race in a while. Despite a mix-up at the starting line (meaning Amy and I were nearly 2 miles from where the race began 20 minutes prior to start), the race was great!!

i am still a work in progress but my running frequency has increased drastically since the spring began and i’m actually beginning to enjoy it. to avoid anything misleading, i’d still rather go to happy hour after work but running makes me feel much better! it feels soooo good to have my shoes back on!

April 7, 2012

runs in the family

Today was the first race of the season for a few of the family (not me). Barrett, Brent, and our good friend Justin ran a quick 10k right before this morning’s rain and Amy breezed through her first running race since Baby Finn was born. I played babysitter, which I  love much more than running!