Steve and I looking svelte before the race
This is what I drove down in, super beautiful!
Guilford in the fog
Steve likes his calves
I love this light!
Steve and his Mom
Bob 2.0 representing North Branford
You know it's Mary by the Starbucks cup
Yes, Steve is totally getting passed by a child
I can look peppy, even though I am totally faking it
Taking pictures was a nice distraction
I took this sign literally. I am not a law breaker
Towards the end of the race, I really just want some hot cocoa and a foot rub.
More nice light
I couldn't seem to stop shooting, although technically I think Steve took this one. I art directed
Race results posted- Justin said, and I quote ' Wow! I can't believe there were 346 people that finished before you guys!'
Who said running any kind of race was a good way to start Thanksgiving? Someone smart, I think... What a day yesterday was! Steve and I ran that Branford 5K like we were being chased by wild dogs! Well, sort of. I am a steady and slow runner (mostly slow), Steve, is way more in shape and ready to just charge ahead. Lucky for him I held him back so that he wouldn't be that guy puking at the end. That is a direct quote from him! It was a lot of fun but really hard for me- there were some slight long inclines aka HILLS, which Steve is in total denial about but man they kicked my ass. The whole time we were kind of stuck running behind a guy who was easily in his 80's with a shirt that said 'this meat don't loaf!' It was a new form of torture for me as I had to keep up with my own goal of just finishing and not really caring who passed me but secretly loving it when I did pass others. OK so what if they were walkers, I still passed them! This guy was neck and neck with me and Steve, well OK me, and every time we would pass him Steve would say 'can you hear that?' Because all I could hear was this guys feet slapping the pavement behind me, ready to pass me. Believe me, it was way more thrilling of a race when you were there! But it totally threw me and I couldn't focus because I was being stalked by Meat Loaf Man! At the half way point I was so tired and kind of wondering why I decided to do this so soon! And there was such a sight for sore eyes there!! Mary & Justin were there with their pom-poms and noise makers and 70-200 VR cheering their hearts out! I almost cried but had to hold it together. So I gave Steve my camera (hell YES I was taking pictures while running a race!) because I forgot to free up the card and had run out of memory. So I distracted Steve for a bit and then we were at the last turn of the race, ahead of 'this meat don't loaf' mind you and there was Mrs DePino and Tara, Steve's sister and her husband cheering us on! And of course Steve knew the guy announcing the finishers (I think he is a DJ for WPLR) and he is like 'STEVE DEPINO! Is crossing the finish line!!' Nice way for us to finish! I admit I tried to take Steve in the last straight away but I think I started too soon and he caught on and totally beat me!! Next time DePino, next time!
The moral of the story is that if you put your mind to something, you can do it. And having the love and support of your friends and family is the way to do it! I had so much more fun having people there to support me and Steve to run side by side, and sometimes backwards with me than I would have had alone. Thank you to everyone who lent moral support and to everyone who donated to The Portrait House, I will post my total soon! And you can bet I will beat Steve at THAT!! ;)