I mentioned before that I recently went on a road trip to meet my college roommates in Moab, Utah for a race. And now for the details of our fun weekend together!
First of all, I need to report on this blog that three of them got married this past summer/fall. It was a crazy few months of celebrations and girls' reunions. Between moving from Buffalo and becoming a mother, somehow I never blogged about the weddings--but I finally wrote a blog post about it here (backdated so it's somewhat chronological). Check it out.
Okay, so Moab. Tia drove from Pheonix, I drove from Denver, Becky drove from Salt Lake, and Kirsten drove from Provo. Yes, we really love each other!! :) We missed our Katie--but Seattle is a little too far to drive for a weekend! (Next year, Katie, right?? Plan ahead!)
I was originally going to run the half marathon race (as I mentioned several times on this blog), but I ended up doing the five-mile race instead. I felt like kind of a weeny wimping out like that--but training for a long race in the dead of winter with an infant was just too difficult. If I were in better shape, it would've been possible...but with my 11 minute mile (I wish I were kidding), going for a six mile run meant over an hour with Noah out in the cold. And some of the training runs were much longer than that!
This is how he felt about it:
Eventually I decided it was okay to settle on a "lesser" goal. I am an all-or-nothing goal setter, and that's not always a good thing. Rather than forming consistent good habits, I often set a lofty goal for myself, such as running a half marathon, and then when it's over, I stop running all together. Or worse, I will think, "Well, I don't have time to train for a long race right now, so what's the point of running at all??" Such a bad mindset.
So I switched to the five-mile race and enjoyed a 30 minute run with Noah every day. We were both a lot happier!
Tia and Kirsten also ran the five-mile race, and we all enjoyed it. Here we are after the race, looking lovely as we enjoy some free food (the best part!):
Becky didn't run the race with us because she is prego. I got her a Twinkie to enjoy in a lawn chair while the three of us worked off our calories. (This was a total joke because she is a super fit and thin person who felt silly that she wasn't running the race--but we were grateful to have her as our photographer and moral support!)
After the race, we did some hiking in Arches National Park. So beautiful.
We stayed up late at the hotel, talking and painting toe nails--like any good girls' sleepover. It was too much fun.
I love these girls, and I love that we've made it a priority to stay a part of each others' lives. Here's to 10 more years of friendship...and many more after that!