On Sunday morning we participated in the annual First Responders Half Marathon. We have McMullin staying with us again so he and Brodie came out to cheer us on. They were a big hit. Everyone wanted to stop by and say hello to the pair.
As I was approaching the end, Don handed me the “boys” so that they could cross the finish line with me.
Brodie also helped Laura and Heidi cross the finish line.
On Friday I went to the Running Room to pick up my race kit for today’s Hypothermic Half Marathon only to find out that they had no record of my registration and they were sold out. On one hand, that wasn’t so bad because I had not done any training, but I had friends that were doing the race.
Yesterday Spirit and I spent almost 2 hours kick sledding and I was exhausted…but I still had this nagging voice in my head that said I really should do the half. To make a long story short, I got my butt out of bed at 6:15 this morning and met my friends at the start line. It was a cold and windy day but we toughed it out and finished. Since I was a bandit (non-paying participant) I wasn’t allowed to attend the brunch afterwards but I was more than happy to jump into the car and crank the heated seats to maximum to try and warm up. I hit the closest Timmies on the way home and then had a nice long soak in the hot tub. I’m sure my body will hate me tomorrow morning but I’m glad I did it.
We did it. We completed the 10km yesterday and the Wine and Dine Half Marathon today. We trained for the distance but we couldn’t train for the heat and humidity. No more getting up at 3am for the race bus. Now we get to enjoy Disney World and the Food and Wine festival tonight at EPCOT.
We got 3 beautiful medals and 3 long sleeved tech shirts.
Our team tutus
Our team t-shirts were a big hit. We had so many comments and people taking pictures of it.
“Before” clean but wet
“After”…not so clean
Today I was able to cross another item off my bucket list. We ran our first mudder in Red Deer this morning. It was a lot of fun and I would definitely do another one. It was a cool rainy day which helped to make the mud even thicker and more slippery. I didn’t lose a shoe and I came out injury free….now that’s a good day! We had mud and grit in cracks and crevices that we never knew we had. It was great to get home and have a long hot shower.
This morning the skinny guy and I completed our 4th (me) and 2nd (Don) Hypothermic Half Marathon. This is the first year that the race hasn’t lived up to it’s name. It was a balmy zero at race start and 4 degrees celsius and sunny when we finished. I forgot my ice cleats at home so I struggled a bit with traction but otherwise it was great. It is hard to believe that the weather is this mild and beautiful for Edmonton in February.
For the fifth year in a row we’ve spent our January 1st morning doing the Resolution 5km run with approximately 1000 other folks. It was a beautiful morning and only -2 degrees Celsius which is unusually warm for us. Here is our before and after selfies:
Did you know that Sept 13th is National Hug your Hound Day. To celebrate, Wally and I participated in the Bockman Foundation Wheel, Walk or Run for spinal cord injuries. My old boy was able to do the whole race with me. I would have liked to have included Spirit but she is too young to do that kind of pounding and she has had a bout of panosteitis (growing pains) so we just do gentle walks together. Just as we were about to cross the finish line the generator stopped and the inflatable start/finish line balloon came down on top of us.