I knew I wanted to do a 5K with her back when the plan of doing a monthly running event with a friend first popped into my mind. We decided on February, and we also decided to make a weekend of it. My family drove to Austin and the whirlwind of cousin activity, fabulous meals, shopping, and visiting began. I think it wore us all out, but it was so much fun!
We couldn't find an actual 5K event to join, so we got creative about it. We decided that neither of us (especially her) care for getting up at 7 AM for a race anyway, so we formed our own event and named it "The Lazy Day 5K." I had custom t-shirts made. (BTW, A really great website for cool, affordable shirts is customized girl.com.) We slept in on Saturday morning, then went to a beautiful trail by a river for our 5K. I kept track of the distance with my runkeeper app. We took it pretty easy so we could talk, and I'm so glad we did because it was a sweet visit. We shared a lot about past and present, about our faith and the desires of our hearts, about our roles as mothers and daughters, and about lots of deep important stuff that we don't always get a chance to discuss. The 3.1 miles flew by. We continued our morning together with a little shopping at the beautiful Georgetown Square and a delicious lunch at the famous Monument Cafe.
These monthly running events are quickly becoming the highlights of every month for me. I am loving the time I get to spend with people who are so special to me...and Lauren is definitely close to my heart. She and Cody's brother, and their two precious kids are a blessing in my life.
Next month: Cody and I head to Tyler, TX with a super fun couple to run the Azalea 10K. There may be guns, injuries, wine, deep conversations, and/or impulsive decisions involved when Jackie and I descend upon a sleepy, unsuspecting town. Stay tuned.