Tuesday, November 5, 2013

#sayyesproject: Racer-Girl Edition

Welcome, welcome, welcome my lovely YES sayers! Today marks another day of sharing our out on a limb YES moments from the last month. Please stay tuned until the end and then share your own moment with us.

Mr. Thomas and Me
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Last month Mama Bird and I said YES to running our small town's Third Annual Half Marathon. Seemed like a piece of cake through the beautiful wine country under skies filled with weekend hot air balloon tours. Then, we got to Mile Five. 

But first, the back story. We are runners at heart. Both of us believe that hitting the road is what keeps our legs toned, our hearts strong, and our minds sane. So we run and run and run. And we did a dozen races together sharing in our love for said sport. But when Popsicle got sick, the running took a dive and races were out of the question. So, we took a pause. 

Then after moving him out and settling into a new routine at home, we realized we had more time to hit the road. And we did just that. Our times got better, our distances grew larger, and our legs stronger. Then, in August I got this wild idea to hit the race course again. And where better to do so than home. Which is just what we did. 

I signed myself up. Then texted her something like: "You've got to say yes." And she did. Because that's what we do. 

October rolls around and it's time. We don our matching outfits right about dawn and head out to the start. Where we get the quick photo-op before the starting gun sounds. Then, we run. 
We ran 13.1 miles to be exact. 13.1 miles of HILLS upon HILLS upon HILLS. I wanted to walk. The deepest parts of me just wanted to drag my feet slow and angry-like up and down at least a few of the hills. But, Mama Bird wasn't letting me fall behind. And, her desire to do THIS DAMN THING together begged me to say YES to my determination and NO to my tired beyond belief legs. 
We said YES to taking pictures and to stopping and enjoying the scenery. And by scenery, I mean the miniature pony named Sparticus that was hanging out along the course to cheer our tired asses on. I do believe he has a little smirk on his face that says, "suckers."  
Near the finish we saw Jason and Miah waiting to cheer us on... And the best part of the race, getting Miah to say YES to finishing alongside us. The last major hill was conquered in a team of three and he looked like a champ doing it (in his Oklahoma City Thunder gear). 
The finish was glorious and exciting and couldn't have come soon enough. And a race photographer caught the best running picture of us to date. Despite the shopping fast, I said YES I need this sweet picture of Mama Bird and I. The picture where we look like mirrors crossing over a finish line in the dust and vineyards of our beloved wine country. And, it's lovely. 

Our legs were shot and our tummies were grumbling as we walked ourselves through the wine garden towards our car. But, our hearts were proud of the accomplishment of the race. At mile eleven we'd resolved we could walk the MAJOR mile twelve hill and come to terms with how tired we were. We ran and ran and ran wishing for that little sign that would tell us we're in the approved walking area when suddenly mile thirteen's sign appeared. YES ONCE AGAIN! 
The best YES of the day was breakfast with a dear friend who's turned our running duo to a triad. She cheered us on at the finish (and snapped some precious pictures of us) then guzzled down mimosas with us at the local diner. All friends need a friend who can do the same for them: appreciate the run, celebrate with fun. 
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And, if this month didn't have a new and exciting (though it can be small) YES, 
please join us next month on Tuesday, December 3rd for the next #sayyesproject link-up. 


  1. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvNovember 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Congrats! I can't imagine so many hills, shin splints anyone? So fabulous that you and Mama Bird did this together!

  2. Alyssa @ Lyss + LovelinessNovember 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Love this! Such an awesome accomplishment, girl! :)

  3. I love it!! I need to sign up for my marathon!! You and your mom are too cute!!


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