I love love love that I’m back into running again, particularly racing. It’s so much fun, and I adore the atmosphere of race day bursting with excitement from all sorts of runners. That’s yet another reason I love running and racing – the community. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, how big or thin you are, how fast or not you are. If you run, if you signed up for the race, if you’re there at the starting line, you’re a runner! Sometimes races can intimidate people, but don’t let it! Every race I’ve been to has been full of supportive people cheering each other on with one similar goal – to cross the finish line.
Sure, some people are faster than others and race to compete, but that’s the nature of the sport. You can be as ambitious as you want. You can try to achieve a PR (personal record), you can try to place, or you can aim to finish. No matter what, we’re all running the same race! That’s my take on it anyway.
My sister Stephanie and I ran the All American 5K in St. Louis this past weekend. I ran as a Chipotle runner, and like I always do, I set out my outfit the night before.
A few weeks ago, someone from Tipsy Elves reached out asking to provide me with some of their new patriotic gear for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. You’ve probably heard of Tipsy Elves before. Their brand and products were first featured on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank in 2013 and have received favorable press with the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, New York Times, and others. Tipsy Elves started as a Christmas sweater company, but has since evolved and expanded into a one stop shop for all fun and unique holiday apparel.
As I was browsing through their selection, I couldn’t help but chuckle. I mean, they have everything from American flag tank tops to long sleeve shirts to fanny packs to dresses to jackets to FULL JUMPSUITS! It’s funny, too, because Stephanie is kind of obsessed with all things with the American flag. So much so that we often tease her about it and send her pictures of the most ridiculous American flag stuff we can find. Anyway, I chose this American flag tank top.
It arrived just in time for the All American 5K. They kindly sent one for Stephanie, as well, which was a nice surprise for her. She was ecstatic because the tanks really are so cute and crazy soft! They were perfect for the race!
We were literally standing beneath the tiniest ledge on the side of a building before the race started as it was pouring down rain! As we drove to the race, the skies were dark and threatening. By the time we were on the shuttle, it was raining. We stepped off the bus into pouring rain. We tried to camp out under the ledge before the race began, but it was pointless as our shoes quickly became soaked with the standing groundwater.
The race was showcased as “The Fastest 5K in St. Louis!” as the majority of it is flat or downhill. However, we didn’t want to bust our butts in the rain, so we stayed at a comfortable pace. It literally rained THE ENTIRE RACE! It let up a couple of times, and I would make some remark about how it stopped, and then instantly it would begin again. It was unbelievable how hard and how long it poured. Everyone, everything was absolutely drenched. St. Louis is totally over this rain. But… we finished and proudly sported our medals!
27:58 to be exact! It is faster than our last 5K and not too shabby considering the torrential downpour! Post-race goodies included ice cream which you know I was a fan of. I can’t wait to see which Chipotle race is next in the Go! St. Louis series!
We raced (ha!) home and speedily showered and got dressed before heading to our parents’ house for a delicious Father’s Day brunch. I was starving by the time we got there and ate a ton. If you know my parents, you know what amazing food (and how much!) we always have, and this brunch certainly didn’t disappoint. But more importantly, we celebrated my amazing father – the smartest, kindest, most selfless and talented dad we’ve ever known!
We love him so much and William has the BEST “Pops” in the world!
How adorable is his outfit?! My mom got it for him! LOVE it!
No family brunch would be complete without some cousin love and William-squeezing:
(This was the best we got after many arguments of who got to hold William; they finally compromised on putting him in the middle, but they both got to “help” hold him. Must be touching baby at.all.times!)
Running in the rain – yay or nay? I don’t love it, but we survived!