I can't believe I forgot to post this--the winner of the 6 Dollar Band headband giveaway! Sorry for the delay. I drew the winner on Friday and just forgot to post it.
I was surprised to wake up pretty sore today. I run 12 miles for my long run just about every week, so I didn't think I'd be sore from running a half-marathon yesterday, but pushing the pace took a toll on my legs. Normally, I run four miles on Sundays, but I took a rest day today. I might take another rest day tomorrow.
Yesterday, at the starting line of the race, I saw Ty just before the race started. She wanted to get a quick picture, so she motioned for a group of us to get together, and someone took a picture with her phone. I didn't know any of the others in the photo (and I didn't even turn around to see who was in it, because I was focused on the race starting any minute when the picture was taken).
Anyway, yesterday, Ty posted the photo to Facebook:
When I looked at the photo, I was shocked to see that the woman on the right in blue was the woman who paced me for the whole race (although she didn't know that...)! We were pretty much leap-frogging each other, and I made it a goal not to let her out of my sight, since she seemed to run the pace I was working on.
I wrote a quick "thank you" comment on Facebook to her, because she had no idea that she was my "rabbit" at the race. Ty sent me a link to her story, and I was completely amazed. Her name is Asia, and there is no way I can do justice to telling her story in a few words here, so here is the link to her story. The whole thing gave me goosebumps.
I talked to my friend Sarah on the phone today. We've been trying to
work out a date for me to go visit her in Phoenix. I've been wanting to
go out there ever since I started flying again (despite my fear), but
it's been really hard to figure out a date. I had been planning on going
out there the last week of May, but she found out she has to do
something important for her job that week. Then she's coming home (to
Michigan) for six weeks!
She used all of her sick days for maternity leave, so she can't take time off until the fall.
So now it's looking like I may end up waiting until the fall to go
visit. That's going to be tough, because I have a couple of big things
going on in the fall--I'm a bridesmaid in Jerry's sister's wedding in
September, and then October is the Chicago Marathon with Andrea. Oh,
well, at least now I'll have some time to save a little extra money,
because right now I'm really too broke to think of a trip!
I spent the whole afternoon sewing sparkle skirts for my relay teammates. My next race is the Glass City Marathon as part of a five-person relay team. My sister is the one who formed the team made up of Jeanie (that's my sister), Jen (her best friend), Debbie (another friend of hers), Ty (who I invited), and me.
I'm really excited about the relay! We're doing it solely to have fun, so there is no pressure at all, which makes me happy. I've never run as part of a relay before, except for the Ragnar Relay, which is overnight, so this should be new and interesting. We provide our own transportation to each exchange point, which I think is even better--our team can stay together and leap frog the runner with the car, just like in the Ragnar.
Anyway, I volunteered to make sparkle skirts for the whole team, so I worked on those today.
When I bought the fabric for those, I saw some ribbon that matched perfectly and I thought would make cute headband. So I bought the stuff to make headbands for all of us as well. I made a copycat version of the Sweaty Band.
I have some fabric scraps that I'm going to use to make wrist bands, too. Now that I'm done with my half-marathon, I am really excited about the relay!