Thanks to Forrest Gump for that title line- if you still haven't seen Forrest run, you should. :)We have been running around here- it is the season in Texas for a million and eight races. Two weekends ago we did the BlueBell Fun Run in Brenham, TX where the BlueBell Ice Cream Factory is. Not only was there all you could eat ice cream bars before and after the race, you got to run through beautiful bluebonnet country. It was a bit hillier than our regular runs, and it took a little more out of us, but it was still fun. Nick left my mom and I in the dust and finished about a minute before we did.
After the 10k we stopped by the ice cream factory to get a few pictures before driving home. It was a fun event and all of the proceeds went to fund the high school athletic program, so we will probably do it again. (Side note: when we were waiting for the results in the H.S. gym a little boy threw up...seeing chocolate milk come out of his nose with his parents nowhere in sight was not a fun part of the day.)
The next weekend we participated in the Rise & Shine Fun Run that supports the Rise School here in Houston (a school for the mentally handicapped). Nick's company, Transwestern, is a corporate sponsor. We headed downtown early and ran the 5k- Nick again left me and my mom in the dust and finished, again, about a minute ahead of us. My mom ended up placing 2nd in her age group and got an award; I placed 4th in my age group and would have run faster if I had known I was only 14 seconds away from getting my first award. Nuts.
It is a really fun run- it starts at the convention center and runs around the ballpark and on an overpass thing and then back. It was a beautiful morning too! And we even saw some of Nick's coworkers there as well. After the run they have part of the convention center set up with all sorts of booths and bouncy houses and climbing walls and activities for kids...it is always a good time and next year I plan to medal! :)
We don't have any more races planned (unless you count my biathlon on May 22nd...but that is sort of different and my mom and Nick are not doing that one with me), but I am sure we will find some more before the summer is through!