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Random Race Pics

Not only do I enjoy a race – packet pickup, swag bag, energy, travel, etc… Reviewing the pictures after is so much fun. I have exceptional kids who understand the importance of capturing memories (and also the importance of taking pictures for my blog…).  Perusing the photos relives the experience in a different way.  Maybe you see things you didn’t when you were in the moment or you relive the feelings you had.  Here are some shots that do that for me from my favorite race.

Chilcoot Frosty on the way home.  Best soft serve ever!!

Chilcoot Frosty on the way home – we boat at a lake here just half an hour from where we live. Best soft serve ever!!

Small, local company that makes us mini bear soaps.  Love this!!  I used it for my first shower post race at home.  Brings a little of that race love after the fact

Small, local company that makes us mini bear soaps. Love this!! I used it for my first shower post race at home. Brings a little of that race love after the fact

My finish line picture.  I've never been sick while running.  I felt more awful than I can remember.  My time sucked, I didn't hit a single goal but I got HERE

My finish line picture. I’ve never been sick while running until this race. I felt more awful than I can remember and it lasted 3 more days. My time sucked, I didn’t hit a single goal but I got HERE

Josie.  Race Director Extraordinaire.  Looks like I'm going to carry her away!!  Not a bad idea actually

Josie. Race Director Extraordinaire. Looks like I’m going to carry her away!! Not a bad idea actually

One of my kids  best friends.  Her mom was running and I saw Carissa at the finish.  SO nice to see a friendly face from home!

One of my kids best friends. Her mom was running and I saw Carissa at the finish. SO nice to see a friendly face from home!

There were several families we knew from Reno.  Olivia picked me up at the finish line and found a family we knew.  Naturally she absconded with their baby.

There were several families we knew from Reno at the race. Olivia picked me up at the finish line and found a family we knew. Naturally she absconded with their baby.

I didn't think seeing a goat was a big deal since they have a petting zoo.  However this one escaped from a local farm and was chasing runners miles 5-7.  Doesn't everyone have goats in their races???

I didn’t think seeing a goat was a big deal since they have a petting zoo. However this one escaped from a local farm and was chasing runners miles 5-7. Doesn’t everyone have goats in their races???

I just wanted to stand next to Olivia so her shirt pointed to me

I just wanted to stand next to Olivia so her shirt pointed to me

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Loved this staircase in the restaurant we ate our post race lunch at. Twinkle lights are my fave!!

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When something not good happens, Bri always says it’s “poops”. Also, she asks me “why does your face look poops today?? What’s going on”. NO POOPS BRI!!!  This sign was on the door of a business

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My girls freaking rock!!

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Orange you glad I took this picture of Alana???

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Ashlea collects smiley faces. This was the night light in the cabin bathroom where we stayed

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Showered, dressed and hanging out pre Luau

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Flowers by the side of the road

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More flowers by the side of the road

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Most awesome crank cash register ever!!!!

Me running up to my kids aid station.  I love this shot.  It shows how pristine and beautiful the area is.  In my mind, I'm there.....

Me running up to my kids aid station. I love this shot. It shows how pristine and beautiful the area is. In my mind, I’m there…..

 

 

Wind

Today was the last scheduled race of the year.  Red Nosed Run 5K.  I had elected to volunteer for it instead of run it due to my rule starting in Oct/Nov to only put money towards Christmas.  The weather here in Reno, NV has been abysmal as of late.  It’s a windy location to start out with but the last year or so has been dreadfully more so than my recollection of what’s “normal”.  At any rate, years ago I decided that I’d take any weather minus wind – anything more than a breeze is just ridiculous.  Then I’ll complain about cold…..  I’ve run down to 8* and yes, my butt was a frozen Popsicle negating the theory that  more body fat = less cold.  It’s the biggest part of my body and it was numb for hours.  I’ve run in temps up to over 104* and that was definitely toasty but easier for me than the cold.  At any rate, extremes aren’t necessarily that big of a deal for us runners who, as a general rule, are hearty stock (or crazy however the definition remains the same).

But wind is another story all together.  I run in it – I don’t like it over 10 mph – and already this fall have run it over 28 mph winds, but at some point it’s just not wise.  The last couple days we’ve had high wind warnings combined with enough rain to issue a floor warning as well.  Us desert dwellers aren’t used to so much precipitation at one time, but I do love the rain.  The wind, though, not so much.  It’s been 45 mph with gusts up over 80 mph.  Packet pickup was yesterday and I went to get my sweatshirt to volunteer.  Everything was on until this morning at 4 am when the crew was attempting to set up.  Just too much wind.  Cones wouldn’t stay in place which makes sense seeing as trees were down.

You DO NOT want a race picture that looks like this!!!

You DO NOT want a race picture that looks like this!!!

So for safety reasons, Reno 5000 race director, Reno Running Company and the Summit Mall decided the race will be postponed until next Sunday.  Can’t take chances with peoples safety.  There is a point when, no matter how much planning took place, it’s better to wait for a better day.  All my friends and teammates who are participating in CIM marathon and relay are braving the weather there so I wish them safety and fun in spite of inclement weather.  Remember, in all things, SAFETY FIRST!!!!

As always:  SAFETY FIRST!!!

As always: SAFETY FIRST!!!

Back To Reality

When I woke up this morning and called the airport it was 32* with no wind. Ahh… 60* weather I will yearn for you but I’m extremely grateful for no wind. I’ll take pretty much any weather if wind is not involved.  Weather in the 30’s is actually pretty nice. Not so cold you think you’re breathing in ice chips and have to break out the polar ice cap gear.  Pleasant actually.  Several of my teammates were at Reno Running Company this morning again which is fantastic.  More people = less chance I’ll get lost.  For real.

Some of my teammates at RRC!

We logged 5.88 miles slow since most of them are training for CIM marathon next weekend and are beginning to taper.  Who am I to not be supportive of that??!!  I HAD to run slow to be supportive!  I’m just that great a teammate and friend.  You’re welcome.  The run (as always) is hilly – those long, slow, unending hills but it felt so extraordinary to be outside and running!!!

Hey money maker!! Lunch is still NOT on me!

Oh, yes, our tree is up. Fun times last night with the family!!

 

What an Attitude!!

I saw a dear friend yesterday that I don’t see often.  Afterwards he sent me a text saying, “I forget how open and bubbly you are to everyone you meet!  It was nice to see you.”  What a compliment!!

For the most part I really enjoy people.  I thrive off being in a group, feel recharged when I’m surrounded by others.  There are so many interesting people – everyone has a story and I want to hear them!

The running community is wonderful for this.  With a group of runners you can be in your own world or social.  It’s possible to have conversations with newbies who are trying to make changes and want as much information as they can soak up or seasoned veterans who have been everywhere and done everything.  It’s a group of healthy minded individuals who “get” why you’re there running in inclement weather because you need it.  No matter what, it’s always positive energy and I could bask in it everyday.

I’m glad it’s contagious – apparently I caught that energy from another runner and yesterday on my running adventure I passed it on to my friend.  Who knows??  Maybe runners will start an epidemic??!!

Monday Motivation

I was up at 6am this morning as always to get the first 4 kids off to school. It snowed last night. Not a lot. No icy roads or plow trucks. Just a dusting. Enough that the air is warmer and the wind has died down (for the moment at least). That little bit of moisture makes such a difference in how the air feels. Clean, crisp. It feels good to breathe it in. When I stepped out into the morning I felt refreshed, my deflated runners battery recharged. I so enjoy running in the snow with the weather like this. In the quiet of the morning with the sun rising.  Here’s to the renewed hope that the wind will stay held at bay, the temperatures will stay above 30* and my 12 mile run will happen tomorrow. Now to get myself ready for the week ahead and the second wave of 4 kids ready for their day.