BRAF

Previously.

New year, new guests!

Untitled

Which also means new mascot sighting! Welcome PBS’ Daniel Tiger.

Untitled

Daniel? Daniel! Oh wait, he was there for the kids. So I just photo bombed in front of them. They didn’t have a clue.

As I walked the grounds with my guests, I see a group pointing in the grass down by the river. As I eaves drop, “I thought it was a frog, but it’s a turtle.” *Ears perk up* A turtle? He’s headed inland and away from the water. This will not do. I had to intervene. It’s not like he was a sea turtle.

Untitled

I let them observe him, then I quickly nabbed him and tossed him back to the wetlands where he belonged. He will thank me one day.

Mini Mini

Previously. With my epic banana fail last year, I employed a Kate Spade cross body to secure all of our necessities. Let’s race/walk/finish!

Untitled

This was going to be a questionable day for us. Mama’s been dealing with some Plantar Fasciitis issue the past few months. The doctor cleared her with some heel supports. Said, “Do what you can and take the bus back if you need to.” Urg. No bus. We agreed to see how the day played out.

Even with the 2nd year of wave starts, the crowd is always inspiring to see how many people get involved in this race.

Untitled

As usual, the street shows provide some great entertainment.

Untitled

After mile 2, they had a special marker for the 500th mile of the history of the Mini Marathon. Mama “thought” it was the finish line. Nope, keep going.

Untitled

I love seeing the type of people that compete here. So selfless and thoughtful. This guy was leading a vision impaired gentleman. Mom and I look like this several times at these races!

Untitled

Around mile 4, another banner. Not yet Mom. Keep going!

Untitled

As we rounded our way towards the track, I asked “How you doing Mom?” Mom, “Well, my heel knows we are doing something.” We started brainstorming our options. Quit, keep going, split up, break, and Herbie’s choice, cut the track. After a few rounds of “What do you want to do?” “What do you want to do?” Decision was, cut the track. It’s a hard hot surface. It was not worth costing the race to do something we’ve done enough times. This was her 8th! Seriously amazing.

Also meant I had time for a pic with a cow!

Untitled

So with heavy hearts, we by-passed the gates and walked around the semi to join back up with the masses ready to complete this course.

map

We ended up over 10 miles so a solid day for us! Next year, hello 5K! New experience for both of us to share together. Mom’s getting some cortisone shots this week. Mike drop Mini. We out.

Man Stuff

After a terrible tire changing experience last week, I got better equipment.

Untitled

I bent the tire iron that came with the car. It was awful. Now it won’t take an hour. Looking forward and not looking forward to having to use these!

Can I Help You Find Your Bib Number?

Previously.

With CS’s help, I got in early for the Mini volunteering this year. I scored a packet pick up spot! During our instructions, the leader asked for 4 people who would serve as greeters to the packet pick up area and help people as needed. Hell ya! I raised my hand first. Sounded like so much more fun than pulling bibs out of a box. CS was stationed in the Ask Me booth and got an action shot.

Untitled

After awhile, a news crew shows up and plops down right where we are. They were prepping for a live spot from Anne Marie Tiernon.

As they comb the area for the perfect shot, she spies my mini bag. Asks me what’s in it and if she can borrow a few pieces. Couldn’t think of any reason to say no. She wanted the hat, shirt and the bib.

Yes, the bib with my name on it! Immediately called AM to get a live shot! Am I famous yet?! My welcoming crew with the TV star.

Boomer sighting! Can’t turn that down even if it’s a repeat.

Day To Night Time

Last year, I didn’t post about TWR because I was *perhaps* a bit bitter about being surprised by some awesome friends, even though I finished FIRST in my age group. What was I thinking?! This time, I knew there would be no age group awards. I had some nasty throat drain hacking going on all week. It was at its’ peak the morning of the race. TMI, it was like going through the vomit motions without the vomit release. Just empty heaves. Terrible. But the show must go on. So I toe’d the line and went off for a 10k at the Talk Walk Run. It was KVin’s fundrasier for Hear Indiana. I must support! At mile 2.5 I see a girl doing her own vomit show off the trail. I vowed then to make sure she was ok and finished. I stopped and made sure she had an ally. We stopped again at mile 3 of her 3.1, but she did make it to the finish. Then I had to continue for another 3.1. Urg. Great day of training for the mini 🙂

Capture

Best bright spot in my day was this guy, hello Fever Freddy!

Untitled

Afterward, it was a quick nap, food, shower then off to support my next friend’s fundraiser. Previously.

No red carpet but the dress was worn.

Fundraising with champagne? Yes, sign us up!

Great awareness for JDRF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Give back peeps. Everyone should donate time, talent, or treasure.