Any of you who know me well, know that I don't do things that are hard for me. If I don't get it the first time, I give up. Not one of my better qualities, but mine nonetheless. I'm learning to get over that, and thanks to my friend Aubrie, I decided to try something I knew would be hard for me.
Another thing that most people know about me is that I hate running. With all my heart and soul. I don't even particularly like exercise. I don't think I'm necessarily LAZY, but I just don't want to get off my butt and do something. Plus, let's be honest. Three kids? A husband with a hefty calling who is also in a PhD program? When do I find time to leave the kids home and go? I know, I know, my life isn't really that hard. I'm not even saying it is. Just that there are other things I'd like to do when I leave the house un-shackled to my children. Like shop. Or listen to music in the car. Or just go to the store all by myself. Or drive somewhere and stare at the sky interrupted for five minutes. Anyway...
Aubrie talked me into running the Peach Days 10K. Now, this is a challenge because not only is it 6 miles, but it's in my hometown. Where everyone can laugh at me as I ran up Main Street. Lucky for me, I grew up and didn't care. So, I decided to do it. Along with my two sisters Amy and Angie, my dad, and my friends Channa, Alisha, Andrea, Mindy and Helena. My only regret is that we didn't get a picture of all of us after the race. That's because they were all showered and sitting with their families by the time I finished.
I was so excited to see my family at this point. Seeing Travis and the kids was awesome. They were so excited.
And I'm off again. After I passed them, I had a hard time staying motivated. Except that I didn't want to finish dead last.
Here's dad and Amy. Apparently no pictures of Angie because Travis was probably mad at her that day. He's a little jealous of her. He sort of has a crush on her husband Steve.
Here we are. Angie, Dad, Me and Amy. Stupid dad went home and showered. We worked hard and had a good time. I hope we can do it again in the future. My dad has always been a runner, so it's kind of fun to have something like this to share with him. And PS, Angie wasted us. She's super tough.
And the night before, my 10 year reunion. Super fun to see people, although a little disappointing that I mostly saw people I usually see anyway. I wish more people would have come. But they did a great job, and Andrea of course is in charge next time, so I'm sure we'll all get to help.
Here's a group of my friends 10 years after the fact. My how life has changed.
Here's our table. Again, mostly people I still talk to.
Here's the whole gang. It was a lot of fun. I would encourage anyone to go to their reunions. Who cares who you were in high school, or who anyone else was? People change (lucky for all of us) and I think we all have more in common now than we did then. Brigham City was a good place to grow up, although Travis thinks it's pretty lame.
On a sad note, Chad's friend Ian Miles passed away during the race. I didn't know him, but he and Chad were roommates for quite a few years. They made some seriously bad choices together, but ultimately he was a good friend and a good person. I'm thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who is the only one who knows the intents of our heart, and is therefore the only one who can truly judge us fairly. I think he will be nicer to us than we have ever been to each other and ourselves. Chad has lost several friends in all his years of drug addiction, and I'm so glad to know that the Atonement gives everyone the chance to live with our Heavenly Father again.
That's it for now:). Chelsea took our family pictures and I'm anxiously awaiting the results....hopefully soon.