Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My amazing incredible joy filled weekend!

This weekend was filled with so many memories. I kicked it off on Friday night with some friends at the second to last OKC Baron's non-playoff home game. It was also a Friday night which made it $1 hotdog night! We won and are already headed to the playoffs so it'll be a great end for this amazing team. After this season, they're heading to California. I'm sad that we're not going to have a feeder team anymore, but I've been told that we have a lot of great college teams around!

Saturday morning Myke and I were up early and headed for breakfast before the YWCA 5K. We went to a local diner and filled up on fried eggs, bacon, and toast with lots of water. Then we headed down to the park to pick up our registration packets. We changed into our shirts and watched the Kiddie 1K Fun Run! They were so fast, the first kid finished in 5 minutes! A lot of the kids that ran the 1K were also on the 5K course with us - such energy! There was walkers/runners of all ages out there - cheering each other on and representing for this amazing necessary cause.

We listened to our headphones this time, but still chatted along the way and kept pace with each other. I can't even describe to you how helpful it is to have someone with you. He makes me walk faster, challenges me to jog little bits, and makes me laugh along the way. I hit my stride about 2.5 K in and I knew I was good. We were making great time and my playlist was killing it. We finished the race at 50:53 minutes.

Our time two weeks a go was 56:32 minutes. We shaved off 5 minutes in TWO WEEKS. That's so insane. As we were finishing the last 1K, I became flooded with emotions. I was thinking of all the people supporting me - by donation or kind words and how far I've come in the last year since my first 5K. When we crossed the finish line it hit me that in the time it took me to finish the race, about 25 people had been sexually assaulted. And how we raised $660 to support these victims. I felt like a crazy person, smiling for the camera, heavy breathing, and tears behind my sunglasses. I found out yesterday that I was the only fundraiser in the top 5 that was not an employee or board member!

We went home, changed into pants and headed to the animal shelter. Myke had this great idea to put his skills and love to good use helping dogs. We took 6 dogs out of their kennels and played with them, also taking pictures. Then Myke created the most magical Instagram page with little bios for each of them! These are all dogs that are available for adoption and SO worthy of love. I'm so excited to continue on this project with him. If you're looking to adopt, or just love dogs, follow @OKCDOGS on Instagram to see some great looking poopskis!

I, personally fell for Jack - or as I called him - Little Lumpkin. He's a 6 year old pug/corgi mix. He could use a little love - we pet a lot of extra fur off him and he's a little chubby - but in the short time we spent with him, he showed such heart! He just wanted to play and snuggle and be loved. I stopped petting him at one point to get my phone and he whined - my little heart almost burst!
Sunday, we woke up bright and early again walking the mile to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Sunday, April 19, 2015 was the 20th Anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. The tone of the event was somber, reflective. I was only 5 when the bombing occurred, but still very affected. My mom and her family are from here and I moved here when I was 9. Even 20 years later, this tragedy is fresh on every Oklahoman's mind. This article from the NY Times perfectly sums up the memorial in my opinion. Another, by the Miami Herald is worth a read as well.

A thing that happened because of this event, is that I met Bill Clinton. President Clinton has been here six times to remember the bombing. You guys - I freaking met President Bill Clinton! This was one of the things on my 30 Before 30 list that everyone scoffed at! And I did it! I'm still 25!! He was just as charming and personable as I expected him to be. He made people laugh and shook as many hands as he could. He was one of the last "officials" to leave the site, making sure everyone got a picture that could. Don't think I'm sated though, if anyone knows where he'll be next I'd love to meet him again and again!

Until Next Time,
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  1. Congrats on your 5k!! It's inspiring all the good you did this weekend!

    1. Thank you! It was such fun and amazing to see so many people out for a great cause!