we arrived with plenty of time to check in and pick up our bibs - i could've picked them up the day before, but didn't feel like doing the drive. and i figured a smallish run like this wouldn't be horribly crowded anyway. i was right.
we didn't even bother to pick up goody bags or t-shirts for this run. it's not like either of us really wear those shirts anyway - i'm just creating another stack to make another t-shirt quilt this winter. the stack has grown and i'm pretty close to having enough to tackle that monster project again. the bean wants one, too, and has a nice little stack of her own built up.
as we stood near the start and listened to the national anthem, i happened to notice this:
can you see it? this lady totally bedazzled her running shoes with some major bling on the nike swoosh and around the back. pretty snazzy. i debated doing it with a pair of mine - maybe those fun minnie mouse run disney ones? - but quickly decided it'd be too much effort and they'd likely fall off anyway. still, they were purty.
it was already a bright, sunny day, so i was grateful for the tree-lined streets that the route took us on.
not too long after that mile marker, we scampered down another residential street and made a u-turn at the halfway mark. i was just a little bit ahead of the hub and waved happily at him on the other side.
yay, almost there!
i'm not a fan of slogans like this. i think it's pretty assholish to ridicule someone else's workout - after all, any exercise takes effort. i mean, do you really think yours is better than mine? girl, please.
one of my favorite sights during any 5K.
i was still standing there catching my breath when the hub crossed the finish line.
it had gotten pretty hot under the already-blazing sun (at 8am!), so he wasn't in the mood for a fun picture until we made it back to the car and turned on the a/c.
i love that our medals say "reading." haha!