I am now an award winning runner! Don't fall over in shock. No need to pinch yourself. You aren't dreaming. I competed in the Sacred Heart 5k Fun Run and took home 3rd in my age group. But to be fair, there were only 3 people in my age group. :)
Gervais is a tiny town outside of Salem and my mom-in-law and the Farmer attend the Sacred Heart Church. This was their inaugural run and my husband and I came out to be a part of this fundraising event.
Before the 5k, we stood on the side lines and watched the kids 1k. It was fun to cheer them on and see how determined they were.
I started off with my mom-in-law walking for 3 minutes and running for 1 minute. This is the first time I've run since the Eugene Half in May. My ankles are getting stronger and it's time to introduce running back into my walks. I only took two pictures on this 5k. The top one is when my mom-in-law left me in the dust. She has been training like mad for the Portland Marathon and there was no way that I could keep up with her. I was happy to stick with her for the first 15 minutes.
For this picture, I just snapped a shot without trying. I just wanted to document the feeling of running along country roads with a tractor plowing a field and John Cougar, randomly, playing on my iphone. It just doesn't get more Americana than that; I really loved that moment in time.
There were maybe 50 runners in this 5k. No roads were blocked and the few cars easily passed by on the other side of the road. It was so absolutely different than any 5k I've run in downtown Portland.
As I've mentioned that my mom-in-law has been bit by the running bug and she able to combine this new love with supporting her community. It was so gracious of her and the Farmer to help sponsor this race.
We dropped my mom-in-law back off at the Farm and took home lots of wonderful vegetables. It's good to know the Farmer.