I have this friend. Alison. She's basically superhuman. She has seven (SEVEN!) beautiful well-loved children, and is currently pregnant with her eighth. She runs. Her whole family does. A couple months ago, Alison posted a link to the Polar Dash on Facebook.
Anyone who knows me knows I love penguins. I have a terrible fear and loathing of all other birds, but penguins, they don't know they're birds. They think they're fish. And fish are friends, not food. So I love penguins.
When you run a race, you get free stuff. (Well, you pay a fee to run, but still). The Polar Dash gives you a PENGUIN HAT. I was sold. So on a whim, I signed up to do my first 5k in the bitter cold of a Minnesota New Year's day. I then convinced my husband, cousin, and aunt to do it with me (and aunt convinced another cousin too).
New Year's Day dawned cold (-7) and a little windy. But we did it.
Everyone behind us in this picture is a worker. But we don't care. Because we have jackets and medals and you know what they say?
And I loved it. Some of us are doing the next race in the series which is a 7K (about 4 miles) in March. I've even invited Alison's son to "run" it with us,(Meaning he'll run it and bum around the finish line waiting for us) since he lives here in MN.