March 4th-20th Annual Challenged Child 5K(37:15)
My first run since recovery from a severe IT Band injury. This was a well organized run for a fantastic cause. The temp was cold and the wind was blowing on this day but my heart was warm to once again be running not only for my own health but to help lend a step ahead for some very special children.
March 25th-Run for the Roses 5k(36:45)
This run was held a beautiful Sandy Creek Park in Athens, GA. The spring temps reached into the low 80's with the warm sun. I really liked the t-shirts participants received with the saying, "Mama says they was magic shoes...they could take me anywhere."-Forrest Gump
I pray that one day, with an end to juvenile arthritis(that was the benefit of this run) that everyone's shoes can take them anywhere they desire.
April 11th-13th Annual Galilee 5K Mission Run(37:29)
I was a little disappointed with my time on this one; I really thought I was going to be under 36 min. Held by a small, what I call, country church this run took us by pasture land, onto a dirt road and pass a stretch of sweet smelling honey suckle. These are the run that you must remember the cause you're supporting and the goal of becoming a more healthy self.
May 5th-5k for the 3 Day(35:12)
I love this run! It's a win-win for everyone involved...from the organizers, to the girl-scout water girls, to the runners, to the cause of the fight against breast cancer. A true win-win.
Oh and BTW, I medaled 3rd in age group as did my daughter, Randi(3rd in her age group).
July 4th-Atlanta Peachtree Road Race 10K(1hr19min)
My first 10K---A 6.2 mile street party!!! Randi and I had a blast. Live music filled every mile, thousands cheering from the sidewalks, confetti being fired across the air overhead, sprinklers cooling you along the way....fun, fun, fun. And the prized t-shirts at end-well deserved!!!
September 17th-35th Annual Barnesville Buggython 10K(l hr 15min)
Randi(my daughter) and I thought it would be great to visit her alta mater Gordon College and participate in the town's annual Buggython celebration. Once signed in, we ventured to the athletic field to await the start of the run. No doubt when to start, they shot a real cannon as a indication...BOOM!!! I wasn't sure if I should move forward or to the port-a-potty because I was so shocked by the boom. Forward we went and paced ourselves along the roads of this small college town. Afterwards it was great to walk around campus and share treasured memories that my daughter has of her days as a Gordon Highlander softball player. A special day indeed.
October 17th-2012 Atlanta AIDS 5k(35:43)
No easier than last year-an emotional day for us all. This year I was joined by my son(his 1st 5K), my daughter, my husband(his 1st 5k) and a niece. Just as last year, tears flowed as loved ones were remembered. This run holds a special place in my family's heart and are honored to run in memory of Marty and all whose lives have been affected by this disease. With each step we were proud to run for our loved ones.
November 17th-Run for Shelter(35:53)
A warming sunshine greeted me on this cool November morning at beautiful Tribble Mill Park in Gwinnett County. Better than the beautiful park, was the loving friends that gathered to participate together, as sisters in Christ, in the Run For Shelter 5K. My sisters and I were completing our Run For God bible study and I could think of no better way than to help fight homelessness by raising funds, one step at a time, to obtain funds to provide transitional-permanent shelter for the homeless in Gwinnett County. It was a good run; everyone completed the run and 3 of us received metals in their appropriate age group. All in all, everyone was a winner...we all ran our own race and were thrilled to use our feet for a greater purpose than ourselves.
December 16th-Jingle Jog for Jimmy 5k(32:14)
My person best for a 5k!!! and I got a medal for age group. Travis(my son) and Becky(my niece) joined in on this one. As the weather goes, it was raining buckets; my first run in the rain. Believe it or not, I found running in the rain quite refreshing and kind of mesmerizing. Nonetheless, it did feel good to return to the house and get a warm shower.
December 31st-Flashlight 5k(35:36)
A great course for a year-end friendly run. Best of all on this run, Travis and Randi both joined in. We were decked out in full running gear, complete with our red flashing beeper that we each got for Christmas to run safe at night. Since I had an upcoming surgery, this was for sure a take it easy, enjoy run. I had two favorite sections of the course. First was the section that was filled with cheering spectators, blowing their New Year noise makers and ringing bells.
These types of sections brings smiles to your face : ) The next favorite was a lane that the organizers had taken time to line the roadside with luminaria to light the route. I thought it looked very good. At run-end tables were well stocked with pizza, chips, bananas and water. I enjoyed this run and also loved the that it was local. Happy New Year!