Monday, November 12, 2012

Weekend Rewind~I'm still NOT a runner...

Last weekend was Hubby's shot at a big run, and this week he had another one.  Silver Dollar City (I'm sure everyone has heard of it) hosts a charity 5k each year called Run to the Lights.  It's held after the park closes and they serve hot chocolate & cookies after the race.  Millions of Christmas lights have already been hung around the park and it's absolutely beautiful.  Hubby & I both signed up for the run if for no reason other than the extra tickets we received with our entry fee.  It's seriously too good of a deal to pass up!  
All lined up & ready to go...there was a ridiculous crowd of people!
We left Elyse at home with my parents, met up with some new & old friends for dinner & then headed down to Branson.  I honestly hadn't even decided if I was going to run, thinking I might opt for sitting around the finish line drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies while I waited for the group to finish.  However, Hubby promised he would run with me and would even walk with me if I needed to.  So...I decided to run, walk, jog, whatever, the 3.1 winding, hilly miles around the SDC park.  
Myself & the Dana's all ready for the run!
We started off slow and Hubby kept asking if I needed to walk, but I honestly felt pretty good and just kept on going.  I ended up running a little over 1.5 miles before I walked...but only .1 mile before running again.  By the end of the race I had only walked .2 of the entire 3.1 miles and Hubby & I finished in 36:27!  
Hubby & I before the race
I had not done an single ounce of training, but thanks to Zumba I was in MUCH better shape than I ever imagined.  I honestly couldn't sit here and tell you that I've run even a single mile without stopping.  I have a STRONG dislike for running, but on Friday night...running with Hubby, I surprised even myself.  I still have a  STRONG disklike for running, but I'm definitely a lot stronger than I thought!

While we were having fun with friends, Elyse was spending the evening with Papa & Gigi at her first Missouri State Bears game of the season.  We honestly didn't know how she would do, but she ended up having a great time with all sorts of things to look at & people to watch!  And of course Papa had to buy her a toy to play with!
As Gigi said...Go Bears or Eat Bears?!?!
Saturday morning Hubby & I slept in as best we could & then Hubby headed off to work.  I took advantage of the morning at home by myself & didn't even get out of bed before 10.  Hubby picked up Elyse & we headed to Springfield to have lunch and run some errands.  Mainly, Hubby had to stop by the an optometrist's office (who happens to also be one of our good friends who ran with us the night before).  See...just as we were getting ready to cross the finish line, Hubby tried to wipe some sweat out of his left eye and out came his contact.  Yeah, our race just got quite a bit more expensive.  

After an afternoon nap for Elyse, we went for a family walk in the almost 70 degree weather...who would have thought in the middle of November? 
Loving the fresh air!
Hubby & our furry son!
Oh how I love walks!
Saturday night Hubby was amazing and took Elyse duty while I went out for a girls' night.  I honestly took absolutely NO pictures, but just had a blast with some of my bestest girl friends.  We had sushi for dinner & then just hung out and relaxed without our husbands & kids....a reason to celebrate in and of itself!

Sunday was a rainy, cold, cloudy day...we headed to church & then came home to spend the rest of the day hanging around the house.  We all took naps & then Hubby headed off to a meeting at church while Elyse & I spent some quality time playing.  We ended up canceling small group to give everyone a week off so I fixed a yummy potato soup recipe from Pinterest for dinner.  We finished off the weekend with a movie...perfection!
It's another busy week...I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week!  


Danavee said...

I can't imagine running those dang hills!!!!!!!! GO YOU!

Megan said...

You are awesome for running that without even training! I think I'd pass out! Haha!!

Melanie said...

Way to go on the race!! Woohoo! Maybe I need to give zumba a try!

Meg {henninglove} said...

any race that gives out cookies and hot chocolate after the race sounds like a wonderful race to me!! sounds like you had a wonderful weekend indeed! p.s. have you ever heard of mckendree university in lebanon, il?

Gina Gao said...

Way to go for finishing the race! I'm proud of you!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Woohoo for running the 5k...our bodies can do so much!! Awww at Elyse at the cute!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Wowowow! 36 minutes? That is amazing! Great job!
I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week! I've got to start planning! :)