Red Shoe Running

Remember the Oil of Olay ad campaign from years ago….
“I don’t want to grow old gracefully.  I intend to fight it every step of the way.”
That was me this morning.

Having birthed my third big baby in October  (8 lbs 9 oz), my hip has been giving me trouble since. Running was temporarily suspended for the past 5 months, but this morning was the first ever Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Run. And us Robinsons love us some Ronald McDonald House. The whole family was awake, dressed, tennis shoes tied, and heading across town by 7:15 am this morning.

And, like Forest Gump, I was ready to run.

The one mile ‘Fun Run’ didn’t quite do it for me, especially since Kenley was complaining and ready to turn around halfway through, yes only .5 miles in, forcing Mike and I to do the walk of shame back to the starting line. She is much like her Aunt Coco with an extreme dislike for anything exercise related.

Despite the beautiful wildlife scenery…

Britton, ran along ahead of us, savoring the applause at the finish line.  She later told me she thought she made a wrong turn and ran the 5k. I assured her that it would take longer than 17 minutes to finish the 3 mile run.

At the last minute I decided to run in the 5k (3 mile) race as well- knowing full well I would probably need to walk part of the way.

About half way through the race, I begrudgingly slowed down to a walk and  realized then I had made a dumb decision.

Another 1/2 mile, and I could hardly walk. About this time, I started shamelessly texting Mike to see if he could pick me up with the car. Only he was poised here, armed with the camera, awaiting my speedy arrival.

Twenty yards before the finish line, and I couldn’t walk at all. By now, Britton had called to find out where I was, and Mike was on his way with the car. Seeing the big black car was a sight for this sore eyes {and throbbing hip}.
While my dear husband was prompt in picking me up, he was even faster in whipping out the camera to capture the moment.

Good thing we have Britton’s crutches in the garage!

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