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Terrapin 5k Race Report (with pics)

Sunday, August 05, 2012

As some of you may know, a good friend of mine from high school passed away recently. After this happened, it made me look at my own life closer, and I wanted to live it more. So many times we say we don't have time for things, or say, "Oh, we will do this or that later." Well for the cup of coffee that my late friend and I kept saying we would grab, that time never came.

After this happened, I made a lot of calls to my best friend since freshman year of H.S., Cheri, and I brought up the Terrapin. A few months back I mentioned it to her since it is a race we talked about doing often - she is a big Grateful Dead fan and this race is not only named after a Dead song, but hosts a concert during and after the 5k and the headliners are a Grateful Dead cover band. But at the time she was planning a big move out of state to Colorado and I was interviewing for a new job and packing up my old office. It wasn't, as they say, good timing. So we had sort of shelved it.

But after our friend died, we decided that life was short and we should do it. I told her that I would pay for half of her plane ticket, but she wouldn't let me, so instead I bought our hotel room to stay in that night and bought our race entries. As the race grew closer the timing got even worse - the Monday before the race she moved to Colorado into her new dream home, and I started my new job. I told her I would understand if she had to cancel. She wouldn't hear of it. She said if it was anyone else, yes, but that she would never let me down like that. I have the best friend ever. I really don't know many people who would do this.

Well I have to say it was all worth it! To say we had a great time would be an understatement. (I'm waiting for the official pictures to come in, but I'm hoping they captured her dancing to "I'm Sexy and I Know It" while running, people came up to her afterward and said it was the highlight of the race for them!

It was hot out, it was supposed to cool down to 75 from 90, but I don't think it cooled down much, it's the hottest race I've done, I had beads of sweat all over me and even sweat dripping from my ears when it was over with, and I don't sweat easy! But worth it.

Us before the race.

The view at the turnaround spot

The goodies after the race - a donut and a veggie quesadilla

Cheri taking a balloon off the post for a young boy - you should have seen his face light up when she handed it to him!

Us after the race - official time was 39:29

We also each got a free beer and Nuts on Clark mixed popcorn - yum!

The moon was beautiful! Later it turned white.

Mr. Blotto - music and dancing.

Then Cheri took me to a yummy Mexican restaurant and we had dinner and a margarita.

Afterward at the hotel in our Terrapin shirts enjoying some wine and sharing laughter.

Having this time together in the city brought back great memories of one of the best years of my life when we both were single and lived together in the city. It was so nice to have that time without the kids and husbands.

Is there something that you've been putting off? Just get out there and do it. Life is short.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOTUSLIFE 10/23/2012 3:09PM

  This is a great story and blog. The pictures are fantastic!

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SPSPSP1 9/5/2012 5:18PM

    Good for you!

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GRANDMABEAST63 8/15/2012 12:14PM

    I read your blog and had tears in my eyes, you are so right life is indeed short. Looks like you had an amazing time with your best friend, love your headbands they rock. Keep encouraging each other ! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/8/2012 7:04PM

    Life is to short and I'm glad you and your friend did this! Looks like you had an awesome time. I'm so excited for you!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/7/2012 11:59AM

    I am so glad you made this a priority! I agree, life is too short. I have this long list of things I want to complete. Slowly marking them off as I go.


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    Looks like you guys were having WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

What a wonderful day for you and your friend. CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishments. Keep up the GREAT WORK!

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AMBER281 8/6/2012 11:10PM

    Looks like you gals had a great time!

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KITHKINCAID 8/6/2012 6:41PM

    I love this blog so much. I've just had a reunion of sorts with some of my girlfriends from school and it was so amazing. So glad you ran a great race AND got to catch up with you friend!

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FIERCEONE4PEACE 8/6/2012 11:31AM

    You two look like you had SO much fun! I'm so glad you got to celebrate the life of your friend and catch up on old times!!!!! You are SO beautiful! LOVE YoU!

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JENJESS48 8/6/2012 10:23AM

    That's so great, Kathy! I'm really proud of you for seizing the moment and not letting life's pressures get in the way; that's really hard. emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 8/5/2012 9:43PM

    omg what a beautiful friendship you have! I love stories like this because you are SO right. Life is too incredibly short to let anything get in the way of doing the things you want to do! Enjoyed the pictures. thanks for sharing!
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IGSBETH 8/5/2012 7:49PM

    Way to go! I'm glad you had such a great time!

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PLUSSIZEWIFE 8/5/2012 6:16PM

    Awesome! You made great time, not to mention you look like you had a blast.

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KATD13 8/5/2012 4:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your race day with us! I am always looking at the various, local 5K's. I want to do one so bad, but always have an excuse. Some are legit & some are lame...but the bottom line is, I still haven't done a 5K.
I love that in spite of everything, you & your friend made it happen!

I certainly know that life is short: Regardless of your age, tomorrow is not gauranteed.

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TEMPEST272002 8/5/2012 3:05PM

    I'm sure your highschool friend was smiling on the two of you as you raced and laughed in her honour. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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COACHKRYSTIE 8/5/2012 1:39PM

    Great pics!! Thanks for sharing!!! What a great day!

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    Sorry about your friend from high school. But on a good note that is awesome you girls could run that together. Worked out perfectly. I recently too had a friend pass away that I went to school with from 1st grade until we graduated (I gradated 7 years ago) but will never forget him. & that too just made me realize that life is short -- live it while you can.

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UNICORN212 8/5/2012 11:50AM

    I love both your smiles in the first pic. I am so glad you had a good time and the weather was decent. I hope you remembered to toast your deceased friend when you got to the beer.

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/5/2012 11:24AM

    That's awesome! You looked like you had so much fun. It's great you guys made sure that you got together.

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LASKIE2 8/5/2012 11:13AM

    I'm sorry to learn about the loss of your friend, but your pictures shows a very loving relationship and a good time enjoying something you both loved - quantity time together.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/5/2012 10:47AM

    It's so easy to let the tyranny of the urgent rule our lives instead of living intentionally. So glad you and your friend made time for something that was important for you to do together. Looks like it was a wonderful time and well worth all the effort--way to go!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/5/2012 10:31AM

    Glad you had such a great time! I'm so glad you both took the time to spend with each other. You are right; life is short.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/5/2012 7:52AM

    This is an awesome post! It really makes yo utake time to think about all the things you say you'll ge to, but then never do. I'm so glad you were able to do this and spend time with your friend.

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