Bolder Boulder 10K

Husband ran the Bolder Boulder 10K on Memorial Day.  The family went to cheer him on and to watch a small tribute to a couple of veterans.

BB0005_640tsMaking our way to husband’s running group.

BB0016_640tsWaiting for husband to run by.  There were quite a few runners in unique outfits and clothes.  It made it exciting to watch.

BB0018_640tsAs we watched the runners, two runners came to the cops standing watch behind us and told them there was a man a few yards up who had collapsed.  The cops quickly made their way over.  Where I was standing, I could see the cops standing and kneeling around the man.  Soon after, it appeared as though a cop was doing CPR while the sirens from an ambulance was heard coming around.  A few minutes later, I looked over again and they were still doing CPR.  My heart sank.

BB0020_640tsHusband came by and waved at us.

BB0014_640tsThey ran…

BB0025_640tsBB0024_640ts…and ran toward the stadium.

BB0026_640tsBeautiful live music was played as everyone made their way into the stadium.

BB0031_640tsHusband showed me his time.  He made the run at 51:17 minutes.  I was really happy for him.  It was his first timed run (he ran the Bolder Boulder last year with Kida but it was just for fun).  He came in 80th out of 393 runners in his age group and gender, and 3,517 out of 20,188 overall for his gender.

BB0044_640tsxThe last runners of the race were the international women’s and men’s.  It was great to see this on the screen and then see them come through the stadium.

BB0076_640tsAfter the last race ended, the memorial tribute began.  About seven military skydivers came flying down minutes after each other and landed in the middle of the stadium.

BB0086_640tsBB0094_600tsBB0097_600tsBB0099_600tsBB0132_600tsBB0143_600tsThey did a seven gun salute and two great singers sang the national anthem before the old classic P51’s flew by.  They actually came by late, so as we were exiting the stadium, we heard them coming.  They flew right above us and we all just stared up at them in awe.  It was amazing.

We were so tired out by the time we left Boulder that the kids and I slept on the drive home and also when we got home.

Memorial Day and Amazing Clouds

It’s been a long week but somehow it managed to pass by quickly.  Memorial Day, I was in Wisconsin for a dear cousin’s funeral.  It was heartbreaking but it was also really wonderful to be with extended family.  It’s been almost a decade since I’ve visited cousins out of state, and with life being busy with everyone on different schedules, it has always been difficult to plan visits.  If I could, I’d definitely plan more visits.  Returning home was hard.  There wasn’t much time to catch up on life during the time we (Mom, my sister, and myself) were there.  I always find Facebook too harsh and abrupt for catching up on things so it’s rarely an option.  I’d much prefer the presence of those I love.

Back home husband and Kida ran the Bolder Boulder in Boulder, CO.  The Bolder Boulder is a 10K race that takes place every year on Memorial Day and has been going on for 35 years.  This was the first race Husband and Kida ran and they really enjoyed it, especially Kida.  She loved it so much that she wants to run it again next year!  I had planned to be there to cheer them on (this was planned in April) but sometimes things just don’t work out so perfectly and that’s okay.  I’m just glad that Kida had a great time.

Today, the family took a short trip down to Colorado Springs to visit the Cave of the Winds.  It was awesome but I think I was more fascinated by the clouds on our drive there.  We also stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts where I had a sugar coated raised donut, a Boston Kreme donut, and an iced coffee.  The donuts were my favorites since I was 16 working at a Dunkin’ Donuts as a cashier.  It’s been about 17 years since I’ve walked into a Dunkin’ Donuts but the memories flooded back as soon as I saw the coffee shop.  I had so much to tell husband about the years I worked in one that I think he zoned me out.