**I took these photos last week after a long workout. I know you might not be able to tell but I'm covered in sweat from head to toe. I also ATE three bugs while running and I'm tired so that's the reason for the "ggrrrrrrrr" face.
So Today is my Second Year Wedding Anniversary.
Tonight were going out to dinner at a restaurant that is also a mini golf course. We've already scoped out the menu and have our meal picked out. We've made a commitment not to have drinks or dessert while out tonight....although I did bake some mini cupcakes as our traditional wedding cake. (We had cupcakes, instead of wedding cake when we got married.) The mini cupcakes are made with Greek yogurt and no eggs or butter. I only hope they taste "normal". It's the first time I've tried a recipe like this.
I know I've said before that my husband is my biggest source of motivation but I can't stress how much he is. I'm incredibly thankful that I have him in my life. He is a runner. He's not perfect, but he has so much dedication to running. That's what initially inspired me to try and get fit. At least twice a month when it's running competition season he is running races, usually 8k and up.
We've been on a hunt for race we could do together and this weekend were going to do one. (As our anniversary present to one another. ) We're going to swap shirts since the traditional gift is cotton, more importantly it's a commitment to our health and to work hard for one another.
This race is a long one...9k. I've been training myself for a 5k but I'm going to attempt this. I know I probably won't finish. It's almost double the length I normally run, but that's not what is important. Getting out and trying is what is significant. If I finish 5k of it, I will be happy but if I complete more than 5k or even the whole race I will be so thrilled.
We chose this race for two reasons.
1) There is a non- competitive portion, meaning I can run the race unaffiliated with a group at my own speed. I also don't need to have a medical certificate to try this.
2) It's flat. I've been training mostly on hills at a steep incline so we think that running on a flat surface might be a bit easier. Although I do love the downhill momentum when running.
I'm trying hard not to psyche myself out and keep a positive outlook on the race, but truth be told...I'm scared. I know I'll have my hubby cheering me on, but the butterflies are coming.
The typical length of races here in Italy range from 7k-9k sometimes they are a bit longer, but never shorter.