Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Different Kind of 5-K

My sister, Kelly, asked me to walk a 5-K with her and her 2 daughters yesterday (her hubby was running in it). The 5-K is part of the Annual Fishers Freedom Festival. Fishers is a cute little "town" in the suburbs about 25 miles from downtown Indianapolis. I really love it here....lots of families and people are always outside doing something. Love that!

I cherish all of the time I have with my nieces and was excited to go to the 5-K, but a part of me really just wanted to be out there running it. I hate that I let my pride get in the way, and really just told myself that life is TOO SHORT and who cares if I can't run in this race? I can still enjoy the time with my nieces and sistah.

My cute carmates - Clare Bear....

...and Gracie Girl.

The Family of Four

Me and the Crew

Clare came armed with her racing gear - Cardinals baseball cap? Check. Snacks for the road? Check. Sippy cup o' milk? Check check and check.

During the race, we passed a lady in a wheelchair - not a racing wheelchair, mind you, but a regular wheelchair. Now, I've never been in a wheelchair before, but I can only imagine how difficult this must be. She kept having to stop and I felt very guilty for hesitating to do the race only because I couldn't run. I'm a true believer in signs, and not to sound preachy, but I do think God put her there to remind me that I need to be thankful I am not more injured than I am.

Today I am thankful for:

- Getting 8 hours of sleep for the first time in weeks!

- Taking a nap yesterday (for one since I had the flu in January...I forgot how much I LOVE them!)

- Green grass

Check out Run to the Finish's Amazing Grass Giveaway!


Peanut Butter Swirl said...

aww your nieces are adorable and im glad you had fun with them!
congrats on getting 8 hours of sleep too..i really need to catch up on my sleep.

HangryPants said...

Gracie and Clare are so cute! What a fun event!

When I was running the half marathon I saw a man in a racing wheel chair. It was so motivating and humbling!

kilax said...

What cuties!

I get like that too. When I am walking and see someone running, I want to run too.

I was reading someone's race report awhile ago, and they mentioned another runner who had a prosthetic leg and how grateful it made her feel for what she had. I think about that often.

Erica said...

oh my goodness- how adorable are they! Glad you had a good time- I got almost 8 hours last night and it felt incredible!

Fitzalan said...

I need sleep so badly right now that I am rubbing my eyes like a little kid. I was so jealous when I saw that you got 8 hours.

Sleep truly is something we take for granted!

Happiness Awaits

Missy said...

Your nieces are so cute! Glad you for ro spend some time with them while exercising! I am jealous of your 8 hrs of sleep :)

Melissa said...

I'm getting ready to run a K-5. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. :)

Michelle said...

Good for you, listening to the messages that life gives you. How wonderful to participate in the race with your family!

Nicole said...

ahhh your nieces are SO cute!!! :) sounds like a fun day!!!

i'm thankful for
-warm days

Fitnut said...

I'm glad I'm not the only single 29-year-old out there! It definitely feels that way sometimes with my friends :)

Anonymous said...

sounds like you had such a great time!

wheelchairs are really hard to "drive" so to say - after a while it reallllllly builds up your upper body strength though. it must have been so motivating to see that woman participate in the 5-k - its inspiring to me!

Anonymous said...

I didn't appreciate green grass until I moved to a city that didn't have much greenery. Mmmm plantlife.

You all look so happy and beautiful!

- Sagan

kristen said...

Such cute nieces! I love how fitness and spending time outdoors can really open our eyes to those around us.