It began with my daughter and me waking up around 6:30 a.m. to get ready for a 2-mile fun run, hosted by the P.E. department at 7:30 a.m. at her school's field.
But before we could go there, we had to stop off our church to drop off brownies, cupcakes and cake pops I had made for the Women's Retreat that I was attending that same morning at 9:30 a.m. With some help from some of the youth, we got the Jeep unloaded and then heading a half-mile away to Isabel's school for the run. It was 43 degrees when we arrived. That's like....20 in Florida terms. We were COLD.
|Isabel stretches with one of the moms and some kids before the race.|
|Teachers, parents and kids waiting for the start of the race.|
We had to do 2 miles. Eight laps around the field equaled 2 miles. Every time we did a loop, we received a Popsicle stick to keep track of how many we had done. When you collected 8, you were done. Isabel took off with a group of kids. Here she is, half a lap ahead of me. I started walking fast and did run a little bit when Isabel ran past me again. Not too much, but I ran a bit. Eventually, I ended up walking and talking with Isabel's second grade teacher from last year, with whom I realized I had a lot in common. We had a good time fast-walking around.
Somehow, I lapped Isabel, so when her 2nd grade teacher and I got stick # 8, she was only on #7, so she booked it around one more time. She was not the last, mind you. There was a large group way behind her (can't even see them in the picture below) still needing to finish their final lap as well.
|Go Izzy! Go Izzy!|
After the run, we got some water, bananas and bagels with cream cheese from the school. Yum! It was not really a fund-raiser, it was more of a "be healthy with your family" day and I am very glad she and I participated.
We quickly hopped in the Jeep and headed home, only 1.5 miles away, so I could shower, change and head back to the women's retreat from 9:30 - 2 p.m. at the church.
We had a nice breakfast and lunch provided for us, including the desserts I provided.
It was a really good way to meet new women, read the Word and learn from others' experiences.
By the time I got home, I was exhausted and my left knee was angry with me for the attempted running I did with Isabel. I took some pain reliever and spent the rest of the afternoon reading and watching t.v.