I hope you all had a great weekend, especially you mother’s out there! I’m sharing some of the things I did this weekend since it was a weekend of firsts:-) First organized run (5k) and first time celebrating the Kentucky Derby in grand style.
One of my good friends runs races all around the country, from 5k’s to half marathons. She looked up a race to run because she was going to be in town this weekend and asked me if I wanted to do it with her. I immediately said no way, mainly because I thought she was asking me to do the 15K with her, but she said there was a 5k. I’ve never ran in a race before and I don’t consider myself a runner. The intervals I do on the treadmill twice a week are about all I can handle haha. However, I like goals and since she asked me a month before, it gave me something to focus on so I switched to running outside and I actually could complete 3 miles without passing out. Yes! I think my phobia of running long distance comes from our elementary school runs like the apple run. I always did horrible and they usually made me nauseous so I use to believe I was allergic to running 😉
I’m sure many of you have participated in organized races and are thinking, they aren’t that big of a deal, but I really enjoyed my first experience. The community factor was really inspiring and so was running next to people. My friend told me I might feel this way and I’m glad she was right. I also made pretty good time and didn’t stop the entire way, even with hills I didn’t prepare for. The feeling of accomplishment was fun and I have already signed up for a second 5k this weekend. WHAT IS HAPPENING (ahh!) 🙂
That same friend (Hi Kirst!) has been living in Memphis for the past few years and since her weekend back home coincided with Derby Day we decided to get dressed up and celebrate. She’s become a real southern girl so she insisted that we wear hats to make it authentic while we drank mint juleps and watched the race with the Saratoga, NY crowd. The venue was called Saratoga National Golf Club and it has a beautiful set up over looking the courses and landscape in upstate New York. They had TVs, tents, bands and great food all set up on their patio and pool area. It made for a really nice afternoon/night of dancing.
Did anyone else celebrate Derby Day with fun outfits?! Leave a comment with a link to your photo under this post! I just love seeing what women and men put together for fun occasions like this!