Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Boulevard Bolt 2009

For some crazy reason I decided yesterday that I wanted to run in the Boulevard Bolt which took place this morning. It was a 5 mile race that helps support the homeless community in Nashville. I wanted to help serve meals to the homeless this year but when I called about volunteering I was told they already had all the volunteers they needed. When I heard that The Boulevard Bolt helps the homeless I thought it would be another way for me to help others this Thanksgiving. After all, we have certainly received alot of support this year.

The 3 of us before we left for the race.

Waiting on the race to begin. was cold.

It was a very last minute decision though! I mentioned the race to my dad and Brad yesterday and went and signed the 3 of us up yesterday around 4:00. None of us are runners and I've certainly never run 5 miles. I told Brad I knew I could do it though because I would be running it for Cain. He is what I'm most thankful for this Thanksgiving and if he was able to survive two heart surgeries I knew I could survive a 5 mile run. I actually finished the race in 55 minutes and 42 seconds. I felt that was not too bad for my first race. Of course Brad got out there and showed us all out by running it in 45 minutes. And I was very proud of my dad who finished the race in 1 hour and 23 minutes!

This picture cracks me up! I told Brad I wasn't going to put it in the post but he told me I had to since I made him wake up and run 5 miles on Thanksgiving. This was when I was about to cross the finish line. Brad called out my name and I was in the process of raising my arms in the air when he snapped a photo.

My dad coming in to finish the race!! Way to go Dad!

Who knows...maybe this will be a new tradition for our family. I loved it!! And loved that my dad and Brad agreed to participate with me even though they thought I was crazy.

We did it!!

I'm proud we finished the race but I'll be honest with you...I can barely walk tonight. My legs are so sore. But my belly is full from all the Thanksgiving turkey I had later in the day.


ashleycottrell said...

Way to go Catherine!!! I was drinking coffee and Bailey's while much for running.

Anonymous said...

Great minds think alike! I did the same exact race. Here it's called the Turkey Day Race and it was a 5 mile race benefiting the Spinal Bifida Foundation. Since I have never ran over a couple of miles at a time, I decided last week that 5 miles was the least I could do for those less fortunate. I am also crazy sore~ your time was better than my 0:58:11! I had a blast and can't wait to do another race. I miss you. Hope you had a good thanksgiving! XOXO to you all (a few extra OOO's for Cain). annie o

3 "A's" and a "B" said...

you go girl. I am so jealous. I can't even run up/down my street!! so proud of you.

sswalsworth said...

I did not know that your Dad was a runner. Learned something new today.

Scott McKenzie said...

Way to freakin' go...all of you! Awesome!!!