Today T and I are going to be out of our damn minds and brave 30 degree temperatures and run in a 5k. At least it's a fun 5k - it's called the "Ugly Christmas Sweater Run," and while I do not have an ugly Christmas sweater, I do have an ugly Christmas t-shirt I got from Wal-Mart. I know I should have hit up the local Goodwill but just didn't have the time. I thought, surely Wal-Mart will have ugly sweaters, right? Well, they do. But for $19 or so. I'm assuming not everyone thinks these sweaters are "ugly." But they had ugly t-shirts (ugly in my opinion, I preface), so I got one of those instead. We're going to run this race together, pushing Aubrey in the stroller as practice for me in pushing a 35 lb toddler while running. The practice is for a 4.6 mile race on Thanksgiving morning. I'm hoping my arm strength from carrying and picking her up will be enough to sustain it. We shall see!
It's been a little over a year since I started running. I don't "kill" a run as T puts it when he runs with a really good time, but I'm out there doing it. Someone who has a heart defect and asthma, it makes me pretty proud that I'm able to run 2 miles straight. Am I running them fast? Not so much, but I'm doing it. And for that, I am thankful. I am thankful the hard work is paying off. And that I share this interest with T and get to do these types of fun events with him. I'll try to post a picture of me in my "ugly" Christmas t-shirt. And I'll let you know just how cold it was...and how well Aubrey did no matter how much we bundle her up. (I'm hoping she'll do just fine - fingers crossed!)
Until then, I'll just be running, running, and running!