Last Thursday when I was nearing Olivia's college campus, I saw a huge flashing sign that read:
5K, 10K, 15K
Hmmmm……I thought……the girls and I should run that race! And…..I won't tell Jimmy what we have planned. We will be spontaneous, sign up for the race, and tell Jimmy and the kids back home after we are all done!
I was so proud of myself and my spontaneity!
Friday night I went to the packet pickup location, signed us up, got our bib numbers and race shirts, and we were all set. I signed up Tiana for the 5K, and Olivia, Julie, and myself for the 10K.
The race start/finish was less than a half mile from Olivia's campus, so we just walked to the start. Three of Olivia's XC teammates were there to run too. The race was the Strawberry Classic, and they served tons of strawberries! The race course wound all through the shady neighborhoods surrounding the campus, and at one point we ran right by Olivia's dorm. So much fun!
Four sleepy girls before the race
Flats of strawberries on the post-race refreshments table
Three sweet girls, ready to run!
After the race, enjoying the strawberries
When all the racers were finished, they began giving away flats of strawberries. I got this flat for Olivia to share with her friends at the dorm.
Julie and Olivia won first and second in their age group.
The medals have strawberries on them!
I texted Jimmy right before the race to tell him not to worry if I did not answer my phone for a couple of hours. I told him we were doing something spontaneous, and we would tell him all about it soon. I wanted to surprise him, but I also knew he might worry if neither Olivia, Julie, or I answered our phones. He and the other children were running a race back home, and I knew that we would be calling me to share their results.
He sent me two texts with guesses…..one he thought that we may be enjoying a manicure/pedicure/massage, and the then the second text said,
"I hope you win the race!"
But that's ok. I still did something fun and unplanned. We enjoyed our morning so much!