Sunday, December 7, 2008

Decembrrr

In which I talk a lot about running, so if it bores you, see you tomorrow for a special December installment of No, Seriously. Just Try It.

Today we are celebrating fleece-lined running tights, hot soup, and legs.

I ran the Jingle Bells 5K race at 9am this morning to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. It was 17 degrees outside; even with the fleece-lined running tights, I ran about 30 seconds per mile faster than I usually do, because I spent the whole time chanting, "The faster you run, the sooner you're done."

The best part is that The Mighty Thor accidentally got registered as a woman. He is thrilled to announce that he won the "female ages 35-39" group. I came in 7th.*

The thing is, Thor actually has arthritis. Not crippling, can't run arthritis, but enough that his knees ache pretty constantly all winter long. So today we are celebrating having the luxury of deciding to run a 5K in 17 degree weather and having strong legs to take us through it. And while I'm at it, I'll celebrate having arthritis-free hands and wrists; writing is hard enough without associated physical pain.

And lastly, we are celebrating hot noodle soup, steaming in a big ceramic bowl that warms your hands while you slurp it.

* Yes, there were more than 7 of us.

10 comments:

Candace Ryan said...

Does this mean there'll be a redubbing ceremony for The Mighty Thorina?

But seriously, congrats on the run. Now I'm inspired to whimper less when jogging in the "chill" of a SoCal December night. 17 is just too humbling.

Jacqui said...

Candace, HA! The Mighty Thor is not smiling (but I am).

Rena said...

Sounds like a fun, but chilly day. I bet the soup was a nice ending.

Jill Corcoran said...

You are an impressive woman, my jacqui rocksugarbeet:)

Marcia said...

Congrats on your respective showings! That soup sounds wonderful. I too am grateful for arthritis-free hands and wrists (never even any trouble with carpal tunnel). My mom has rheumatoid arthritis.

Colorado Writer said...

Wow! Running in the freezing cold. Sounds fun. NOT.

But, good job.

Sharon Blankenship said...

Congratulations on braving the c-c-cold weather to run. Of course you ran fast; you're no fool.
Is the Not-so-mighty Thor afraid of competition? 7th among females? Heh Heh
You guys rock.
Sharon

Brenda said...

Kudos to you and your hubs for taking the challenge and not backing out when you saw the temperature...and of course for finishing as you did...

Jacqui said...

Thanks, all! Today we are not celebrating the knots in my legs...

Mary Witzl said...

Good for you, completing a run in that cold!

I've got arthritis in my hands, but I've still got a lot to be grateful for: I'm celebrating the fact that it's only in my little fingers!