This is part of the crowd I was mixing with, bright and early, on the morning of Mother's Day 2012 .
These gals were standing in line, waiting to receive a nice "giveaway", prior to participating in the MOTHER'S DAY 5K in Overland Park, KS!!!
Here were some of the many volunteer folks who helped make the MOTHER'S DAY 5K a huge success. They were busy readying the "tiaras" for the first time participants in this event!
I took this picture as we were waiting for the run/walk to begin.
There were around 3,500 females participating in the event this year!!!
I can't adequately describe how much fun this is to be a part of! All females. . .of every age, shape, size and fitness level. . .all out there on Mother's Day morning. . .exercising!!!
My sweet niece is the one who got me involved with this run. . . she was walking the event with her young niece. . .and got this picture of me with her phone!!
Again this spring, I've been dealing with Plantar Fascitiis in my right foot. . .so my running, after my foot started hurting, has not been consistent. . and because of that, my endurance isn't wonderful.
However, I was very pleased with how I did. Even with taking two short walking breaks, my time to finish the run was 33 min. and 54 seconds!! Not bad for an old chick, huh? There were 138 of us in the age division of 60-64 and I placed 9th!
What's really great is that the ladies who placed in the top three spots in our age division had times of : 24:04, 27:30 and 28:39.
Wanna hear more? In the age division of 65-69, with 60 ladies participating, the first three times were 27:55, 29:38 and 30:55.
I can keep going!! In the 70-74 group of 23 participants, the first three places came in at 32:31, 40:50 and 42:27.
I can't stop now. . . .in the75-79 age group, with 21 runners/walkers, the first three places were timed at 32:05, 37:19 and 46:12.
Finally. . .there were 9 participants in the 80-89 group...with times ranging from 47:18 to 1:02:32.
While it's awesome to see so many great "times" in the various age groups, the really important part to remember is not the speed in which folks complete the 5K, but rather the fact that they are getting out there and moving!
After the run/walk, we could write "Why I'm Doing the Mother's Day 5K" on a piece of paper and then have our pictures taken. A sweet girl took mine with my phone as I was waiting in line.
Some folks were running in memory of someone. . . there were all sorts of reasons. . . but this time, I felt I did it for me. Hope that doesn't sound too selfish.
After the 5K, I headed over to my son's house, cleaned up, then went to their church because our 4 mo. old Grand Boy #2 was being "dedicated". It was such a sweet ceremony!!
Here is a precious photo I took of my hubby walking with Grand Boy #1 following the service!
The day just kept getting better and better!! After church, we returned to our son and family's home. . .and dined on an awesome brunch!!! He made crepes and stuffed French toast. My hubby fried the bacon and I had made an egg casserole! What a yummy meal!!
After brunch, I watched the Grand Girl show me how she can ride the scooter we gave her for her 5th birthday last year!! Check out that sweet girl in PINK!!!! Oh and that scooter. . .well, yes, it's a PINK Hello Kitty number! :)
It was truly a wonderful Mother's Day for me. . . .here I am (clunky blue "running shoes" on!) surround by my sweet grand babies. It doesn't get much better than this.
THE STONE RABBIT loved my reason for doing the Mother's Day 5K this year. . . .and hopes you all had a great Mother's Day, too!!!