Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Life Has Many Beautiful Colors

Many exciting things have happened and are going to happen for our family. Last Saturday, Chris and I ran our third 5K, the Lacy's Hope 5K! It was lots of fun for me, mainly because I ran in the rain. I enjoyed the feel of each drop splashing my running suit, drenching my skin. As I focused on moving forward, the fact that I was soaked didn't bother me. I finished it in 26:29, and it was only after I stopped and rested for awhile that I felt cold from being wet. I was hoping to make better time, but it is a personal record, and I placed third in my age group.

Chris finished this 5K in 42:57, a time he was also hoping would be better. He was going through a difficult phase to stay motivated, but he has now found a program to give him the structure and support he needs, the Jeff Galloway Program. Chris is really excited to be preparing for the Bass Pro Marathon. The American Cancer Society is involved in this marathon, and Chris will be fundraising and running on behalf of his Grandpa Crosby. I am extremely proud of his decision to get healthy, and in the process, be involved in the community. Chris and I have had an awesome time working together to be healthy.

On that note, Chris and I volunteered to work a station for the Frisco Railroad Run, passing out water and food to the runners. The biggest race in this run is 50 miles! Holy crap! I thought a marathon was crazy enough, and that's only about half the distance! Amazing what people will do.

Micah had his Kindergarten screening last Friday. He did well, scoring in the 94th percentile in motor skills, 64th in concepts, and 58 in language. The school would like to see the students be at least average, which he is. He is super excited about starting school. Chris and I are considering signing him up for summer school. For the month of June, Micah would be in class, meeting his future classmates and getting to know the school and the school rules. It sounds like a no-brainer to me, and Micah would love it.

Life for the Crosby's has many beautiful colors. We are truly blessed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

STAND Fit for 5K

Last Saturday, (as I'm sure some of you may know) Chris and I ran our second 5K. It was surprising. Chris ran it in 40:53, which is about 3 minutes faster than his last race. That is not what was surprising. I knew he would improve his time.
 Chris crossing the finish line.

What was unexpected was my time, 26:42. That is also 3 minutes faster than my last time. As I was running, it didn't seem as though I was going any faster. I actually thought I was going slower because of the several hills.
Me crossing the finish line. Steven (my bro-in-law) was only 2 seconds behind me.

This race was a pace race. When I registered, I had to guess what I thought my time would be. I decided to challenge myself and write down 29:00, which is about 40 seconds faster than my last time. Whoever finished in the time closest to the one he or she guessed won. Needless to say, I was quite surprised when I ran much faster than I thought I would. Even though I didn't go home with a medal or donuts (yes, they were giving out donuts as prizes), I was happy about my accomplishment that day.
The race crew (starting left): Katie, me, Steven, Paul, and Chris

I am so proud of Chris for beating his last time and finishing the race strong. He's come a long way and has accomplished a great deal. Losing 57 pounds is not easy. I want to be there for him all the way.
 Chris and Paul (his running mentor and friend)

My girls and I after the race.