This last weekend was the Insane Inflatable 5k, we did it 2 years ago and had a blast so we wanted to do it again this year. We decided to wear tutus this year, 2 years ago we saw a lot of costumes and thought it would be fun to dress up. My sister, Nancy, and I found rainbow tutus and suspenders that we wore for Bloomsday 2 weeks ago. My Dad gave us all shirts for Christmas that said Pence Family Farms (my maiden name) so we decided to wear those and my other sister, Barbara, found all sorts of other rainbow stuff, eyelashes and some body stickers. I bought Maddox a cape, although he was pretty disappointed to not have a tutu, and my nephew had a hat, but I don't think I have any pictures of the hat, it was pretty cool.
|I love the picture on the left, and the one on the bottom right|
is funny because I was trying to take the one on the left while
my sister was trying to do the same. =)
My sister, Barbara, and my mom totally skipped that part. I think my Mom was kinda disappointed she skipped it. She's been training for a couple months to walk 5k and then she sat for half of it. She also said she was pretty disappointed she couldn't do the obstacles, but really, she has no balance and is almost 70. =) My dad and my brother-in-law were there for moral support, they just moved from shady place to shady place.
|The top of the last obstacle. It was a long wait for everyone |
to get here. =)
Afterwards we went to a park to have lunch. That was nice, but I think almost everyone was tired and ready to take off the costumes. Well, I guess most of us took the tutu's off, but we kept the eyelashes and stickers on for awhile. I loved the eyelashes, they made me laugh everytime I looked at my sisters or my mom. Maddox had them on when we left the house, but he pulled them off 5 min into the drive to town.
When we got back to my parent's house everyone laid down. I really thought I should go for a run since I'm supposed to be training for the half marathon in 4 weeks but I was kinda worried about the temperature at 3pm. It was 75, which I've definitely ran in before, but usually it's building up to higher temperatures, not a jump from an average of 55 to 75. By the time I decided to go run, everyone was laying down except for Maddox, so I had no one to watch him. Instead I went outside for awhile to enjoy the sun and watch him. Not very long after that I heard some banging in the kitchen, so I went inside and found my dad working on cleaning his cast iron pot (that he had cooked bbq chicken in for our picnic).
I asked him if he was okay if I went for a run and he watched Maddox. He said that would be okay, he'd go outside and watch him play. He said if I needed him for anything to call, and he'd come get me.
My parents live in the middle of nowhere. Growing up, the closest neighbor we had was my Grandma, who lived 2 miles down a gravel road. I decided that I would run down to my Grandma's house (who is no longer alive) and back. I've always hated running at my parents' house because the roads are hilly and no matter which way you go, you always have to go uphill to get back. And when we were younger, 2 miles to my Grandma's house seemed so far. I remember riding the riding lawn mower to her house to get it there to mow her lawn, and it sucked!
Until this weekend, anytime I went for a run at my parents house I would drive to a paved road a couple miles away that was flat. Did I mention all roads to my parents' house are gravel? Running on gravel, on hills, sucks! Anyway, this time, since I'm training on hills, I ran to my Grandma's house. And it wasn't awful. In fact, I think it was better than my hills at home.
|eastern WA hills|
And no one answered. I called his cell phone twice, no answer. So I called their house phone, my Mom answered and amid static, she said "this phone is awful" and hung up on me. Now I'm thinking, I'm not in any danger, but what if I was? What if that dog had attacked me and I was able to get my phone and call them? I'd be dead. So I called my brother-in-law, who answered right away. I told him I was trying to get ahold of my dad, but he wouldn't answer, he said he'd go look for him and have him call me. Well, my sister called me back and I told her about the dogs and said I was uneasy running by them again. She said she'd meet me at the mile marker in her car on my way back and to call her when I was close.
Well, that meant that I would be a mile short of 4 miles, so I decided I needed to add some distance. Several years ago they blocked off the entrance to the freeway that my Grandma had and they made another road that connected her house to another highway. I decided to run down that road for half a mile and then on to my Grandma's house.
|Looking at my Grandma's house from the |
top of the hill.
|Looking at my parents' house from the same hill,|
you can just barely see it just below the horizon.
|Looking down at the freeway at the same hill.|
|My dad waiting for me. =)|
I'm hoping that this video works, it's 360 degrees at the top of the same hill I was at above.