In a moment of insanity last winter, I signed up to run in the Cell-Com Green Bay Half-Marathon (and signed my son up, too). I thought it would force me to keep working out last winter, which it did. The race was last Sunday, and I'm happy to announce that we both finished! This was our first half-marathon. The time limit was four hours to run/walk 13.1 miles, but we finished under that. He finished a lot sooner than I did! The start and finish of the race was at Lambeau Field (home of the Green Bay Packers, for all you non-football fans!) The last half-mile of the race included running the track around the inside of the stadium, so I can say I've been on the field at Lambeau now. That was the most fun part of the race! My family came to cheer us on, so that was fun, too. I'm amazed at how many people came out to cheer - people were standing in their lawns all along the route, cheering and holding signs.
It was a beautiful day for a race, unlike the last race I was in a couple weeks ago. Can you see the nifty medal around my neck? I'm very proud of it. I've never been in any kind of athletic competition before, so this is something really out of my comfort zone. Having done this, though, I think I'll go back to quilting and hang up my running shoes. Running is a lot of work, and only marginally fun. Several of my friends from work were also in the race, so we've been training together since February 20. They all finished the race, too, so we've had a good time this week taking pictures and talking about our glory days. I'm ready to go do something else now, like plant flowers and quilt.
Our weather since Saturday has been great - spring has finally come to Wisconsin. The grass is green and all the flowering trees are blooming. I wish you could smell this snow crab tree - it's like standing in a perfume bottle under it. The tulips and daffodils are finally blooming, too. I thought spring would never get here this year.
I'll be back to quilting in my next post! I need to get going on the Country Threads UFO, which is #12 this month. It's a fall quilt that needs quilting, so I'd better get to work on it.