I kept my post-baby racing goals a little simpler this time around. Instead of jumping into a half marathon, I signed up for a 5K. While registering, I noticed kids 7 and under got to run the race for free. I mentioned this out loud and Scarlet jumped at the idea. She was definitely in.
We had a long talk about commitment and training and all of the other things that would be involved and she didn't back down once. And train she did. She went out on runs alternately with Jon or me. She even got up extra early in the morning a few times so we could fit our runs in.
And then suddenly it was the first week of December and it was time to Run or Dye.
This is one of the races pattered after the Hindu Festival of Colors and we came ready to get colorful... and then ran back inside to grab our coats. It was so cold that day! Our car read 30 degrees on the way over to the race and that was when the sun was out.
But even with bulky jackets, we were excited. Scarlet snagged these awesome shades from the race people right before we started to run.
Our friend, Leslee Rosenlof ran with us. I thought for sure with Scarlet tagging along that we wouldn't be able to keep up with her but Leslee was super patient and the three of ran together the whole race.
It was a fun race format. You run for awhile and every now and then someone throws colored powder on you. Its not super fun to try to not breathe for a few seconds when you are already a little winded...