For about six months now I have been stalking Kate from Another Clean Slate. If you don't read her regularly, you should. It is so cool to see how I should have lived out my late 20's early 30's. You know, if I could have handled living in a city. And been a young, beautiful urban professional.
As many of you know, I've been signing up for 5k's. So this week I am thankful that:
1. Kate answered my e-mail eons ago and rose to the challenge of doing a 5K with me.
2. That Kate finished her first 5k of this year. The bad part is she doesn't think she did well. The awesome part is I know better. The race wasn't that busy and she not only finished but finished looking as good as she had when she started.
Me, not so much.
3. That meeting a blog-friend in person is super scary, but turned out to be so comfortable. We seemed to pick up the conversation just as if we were e-mailing one another or reading her blog.
4. That David didn't freak when I told him we were meeting another couple for the first time that I had never met in person. (He is kinda paranoid about the land of Blog)
5. That when Kate saw David & I for the first time dressed for the Mullet High-5 she didn't tell Joe to lock the car doors and immediately drive away.
6. That David & I finished this race with our best time ever. 27 minutes. It really helped that the course was just about flat, the sun was hidden and the rain had stopped. Oh I am really thankful that the rain stopped an hour before race time.
7. David let me cross the finish line first this time. Even though he totally held back to run with me.
8. That my friend A landed 2nd place in our age-bracket. I was super proud of her. I finished 82 out of 180 runners. Definitely Kate and I were not last which is always my second goal next to just finishing.
9. The race ended with free beer (which I don't drink David got two!). When I had my first sip of wine and Kate her first sip of beer she noticed it was only 10am. Neither of us judged so I feel thankful for that.
And last but not least, I am glad to say that sometimes things just work out. At our race this weekend Kate and Joe had to endure meeting a bunch of people they don't know and everyone was just so happy to see one another. David & Joe got along great and they were not 'strangers' at all. I am not so sure I would've been that brave.
So, thanks to Kate for making my week!
For anyone who wonders why I was dressed so stylish...this is what the true Mullet Marathoners look like:
Oh and Kate, the next time we get together I a) promise not to make you run and b) will be dressed more appropriately!
One last thing, congrats to all my friends who participated in Buddy Walks around the Country today!