“Go Random Stranger, Go!”

MothersDay

Last Thursday morning one of my besties called me at around 7:30am. I answered right away thinking it had to be an emergency and it was….she had an idea. The conversation went something like this:

BF: You wanna run the River Bank on Saturday?

Me: 10k?

BF: No

Me: Not the 5k.

BF: Nope.

Me: Are you crazy?

BF: Yep.

Me: Ok, I’m in.

I hung up and realized I’d just said yes to running a 25k that neither her nor I had ‘formally’ trained for. We showed up on Friday afternoon for late registration, laughing along the way. Turns out, we had a great time and made the 15.5 miles in under our anticipated pace. It also helped that we are both too stubborn NOT to finish.

If you’ve ever run a major event like this, you know that the crowd is one of the highlights. People line the streets cheering with their hand made signs, music and high fives. My personal favorites were “Go Random Stranger, Go!” “Smile if you aren’t wearing underwear” and “Worst Parade Ever.” There were others that elicited a good chuckle and one that was just so completely unpolitically correct that I think I only laughed because I was delusional at mile 13. Ok, I admit I laugh at inappropriate things all the time and will probably go to hell for the things I find funny. Overall it was a lot of fun and I’m glad I said yes. 🙂

When I got home I was greeted by my daughter who gave me the recap of their 4th loss and my son who forgave me for missing his baseball game and his 5th big win. He handed me a rose and wished me a happy mother’s day. I felt like a rockstar! Not because I finished a 25k (although that was pretty cool)…but because I am mom to some awesome little peeps.

To all the mom’s who think everyday is mother’s day and for all you do…..“GO RANDOM STRANGER, GO!”

4 thoughts on ““Go Random Stranger, Go!”

  1. Hah! That’s awesome. Congrats! I once signed up for a half marathon at the expo the day before because I felt jealous of all the other runners. I hadn’t trained at all, but I don’t regret it. I’ve never seen the, “Smile if you aren’t wearing underwear,” but that’s hilarious!

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    • Thanks! I can honestly say I’ve never done a race that I regretted, but I have regretted races while doing them….case in point, my first triathlon during the swim. Fortunately that ends with a nice run and all those signs! Personal triathlon favorite: “I see crazy people swim, bike and run!”

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    • Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by. I think running, gardening and motherhood (oh, just life in general) requires a good sense of humor with a dash of craziness. Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out now.

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