Friday night I was so nervous. Did I pack the socks? The camera? Extra safety pins? Where's my sport bra?! (Yes, I only own one!) I had trouble sleeping. Did the alarm clock go off? What if I don't hear it? What if it's set for pm instead of am?!
Then fears of messing up or not being able to find where to get my packet started up. I was a nervous wreck.
Saturday morning comes and the family is up at the ridiculous time of 4:15am. I feel like I'm going to hurl. Nerves can do terrible things to you.
Left the house and grabbed a Jack in the Box breakfast sandwich (I tossed the bun to the birds and used my magic roll instead) and we were on the way. Still dark outside. And I was sure every car I saw on the road was heading to the race because why in the world would anyone choose to get up that early?
Now comes the fun part: pictures! It was so good to see Shelley and Jeff again. Ready to see the cutest outfits there? We.looked.awesome.
|Team Carpe Criem|
|Adorable in our matching outfits.|
We actually had a bit of a time finding the start line. We got in a pretty good walk before the race even started.
Shelley and I matched everything. The socks and shoes.
Even matching Garmins!
We also wore our "Sole Sisters" necklaces. It was so good to see her again. It's been too long.
So Shelley leaves on her bus to take her to relay station 2. And the nervousness really starts for me as I'm by myself waiting for the start of the race.
There were 23 relay teams. We're told to line up in the street. Traffic was not blocked so cars are waiting for us to go ahead and start the race so they can keep moving. At first we're facing different directions not sure which way we're supposed to run! LOL It was kind of funny because we were all nervous about getting lost. The airhorn blows and we're on our way!
All nervousness is gone. Now I'm just worried about not being the very last person. I ran. I walked. I stopped to pull down my skirt quickly. And I only had a mile to run! LOL Got training? Not me. And then I see Shelley's bright shirt and she's yelling for me. What a feeling! There was no way I was going to stop now. I had to pass my ice cream scoop to her.
|Run, Kelly, Run!!|
Then Shelley was off. She conquered hills and a cranky ankle and did great! Almost to Chuck for the hand off.
|Go, Shelley, Go!! You can do it!|
|Go, Chuck, Go! So glad we had bright shirts so we could spot each other easily.|
The bus takes Shelley and I back to the finish line where we wait for Jeff. We spotted his bright shirt and he was smiling and holding his ice cream scoop triumphantly. On the count of three we all yelled "Carpe Criem!!"
|Go, Jeff, Go!!!|
Charlie waved his cowbell and cheered Jeff in.
|I have a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell. Gotta have more cowbell!|
|Chuck and I enjoy some ice cream|
We all had an absolute blast. We got to hang out with friends, eat some ice cream, and look freakin' adorable in our ensembles. Shelley even won a half gallon of ice cream! Hmmm.....wonder what flavor she'll choose.
And, being the sweet person that she is, she let us take home the ice cream scoop baton. Thank you! Rachel is so happy about that.
|Chuck really was not thrilled about the socks. I had to make him pull them up so we could get this picture. :)|
And next year, I'm training. No more next to last for me. Plus it is now my mission for our team to win one of the engraved ice cream scoops that the winners of the relay get. We can do it!
Seize the cream.