Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: 10K Edition, Plus More

This has been a highly anticipated weekend!

our best, though blurry, photo of pre-race excitement

1. I'm thankful that oldest daughter and I were able to finish our first 10 K race.  We had a blast running together!   We enjoyed seeing the creativity of the costumes some runners chose to wear--and we were impressed that some would run in such warm attire.  (for example: knitted dwarf hats, complete with beards, or a huge elaborate Dumbo hat, with flapping ears)  My daughter suggested that for our next run, we should dress as mermaids!  Oh, yeah, like that's gonna happen.  


We just had to take photos with characters!  This is one of the flowers from Alice in Wonderland.
We missed taking photos at mile markers 5 and 6, as the lines were too long.

Post-race, post-shower, with our race shirts and medals.

Tiana admiring oldest daughter's medal.  All day long, the Disney employees went out of their way to tell us congrats, even though there were literally thousands of finishers--7829, to be exact.

 2.  I'm thankful that the run started early in the morning, before the day got too hot and muggy.

3.  I'm thankful for the people who lined the streets, cheering on everyone.  Several spectators even held signs that said things like, "Way to go, random stranger!"  

4.  I'm thankful for the willingness of the runners to take photos of the people ahead of them in line at the mile markers.  While Disneyland employees were stationed at some of the markers (and were happy to snap photos), they were not at all of the photo op stations.  In those spots, runners just handed back their cameras to the next-in-line, and cooperation was the order of the day.

5.  I'm thankful for youngest daughter, who allowed me to borrow her camera, so I didn't have to run with my much-heavier, bulkier camera.  

6.  I'm thankful for John and youngest daughter, who supported our efforts.  While I appreciated the clapping and cheering of strangers, the smiles and encouragement of family meant even more.  

7.  I'm thankful for our local guide dog group.  One of the leaders watched Drexel for me for the weekend, which was a big help.

8.  I'm thankful for being able to spend Saturday post-race with John and two of my daughters at Disneyland.  



To finish out this week's 10 Things of Thankful, some non-run-related items:

9.  I'm thankful that oldest daughter got a job! While we've enjoyed having her around for the past 8 months, she is ready to be out and independent, and we're happy for her full-time employment offer. 

10.  I'm thankful for John's new calling at church, as a counselor in the bishopric.  The video below describes a bit about how the church is organized.  John certainly didn't seek after this new assignment, but is willing to serve.  I'm glad we share the same commitment to the church.

 


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15 comments:

  1. WOW! You did it! And with real style! Those photos are awesome. Well done you :)

    I'm glad you had such fun - it looks like Disney went all out to support the participants, which is really nice.

    And well done to your daughter on landing a job, and to John in his new role.

    Such brilliant things you have to share this week. Super :)

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  2. I do not have words in my vocabulary to tell you how impressed I am that you ran in a 10k. Even the enticement of doing it at Disneyland would not get me to do it. Congratulations!

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  3. Congratulations on completing the run - love the "random stranger" signs - too funny!

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  4. Wow, I'm so impressed that you ran a 10K with your daughter. So. Impressed. (and wow, I am lazy and really need to start working out again - gah!!)
    Your photos are wonderful! I especially love the one of Tiana admiring your daughter's medal. Love. Also - congratulations to your daughter for finding full-time employment! That's huge!

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  5. That looks like a fun trip all around! Congratulations on completing the run and on daughter's new job.

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  6. You did it!! Yay!! I'm so, so glad for you and your daughter. I know how much you wanted to do this. And for how long you've worked to get here. Congratulations!!

    I love that people made signs that said "random stranger". I am much better at cheering runners in races than running the race myself. :)

    Sounds like Disney did it right, as usual. That place really is magical.
    Yay full-time employment!

    From what I've heard of your husband, he will be a good match for this position.

    So, so happy for you!

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  7. Congrats on finishing your first 10K, Kristi! Great pics -- you have a beautiful family! :)
    Brigid

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  8. Congratulations kristi~
    That was amazing for you and your daughter.
    Beautiful list of things to be thankful for.
    Have a great day.

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  9. Congratulations on finishing the race! I am thrilled for both of you. If your daughter is planning costumes for the next race I guess that answers the question of whether there will be a next race! So glad you had such fun.

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  10. Many congratulations! It looks like you both had so much fun and created a great memory together.

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  11. A big congratulations on running that race, how fun to do it with your daughter! It takes real determination to undertake and follow through on something like that, and it is indeed wonderful to have family there to cheer you on and celebrate with! Congratulations to your daughter on the new job, and to your husband for his new calling as well. It sounds like blessings are abounding in your house!

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  12. Congratulations on your 10K, that is awesome!

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  13. It looks like another fun blog hop; congrats on the 10K! Thank you also for visiting my blog last Saturday. xo

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  14. What the... haha okay, I suppose this makes a bit more sense now... Still not sure how prone I would be to run a 10k at Disneyland, but nevertheless, congrats to you and your daughter! It's definitely good it began so early, because I can only imagine how hot it can get there later on in the day.

    Also, congrats to your daughter and husband for the new jobs/achievements!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

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    1. If you are ever even remotely prone to run a race, I highly suggest Disneyland. It's so entertaining, you hardly realize you're running.

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