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I Get Naked on Monument Avenue

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Yep, me, Dexter, my son, my husband, five of our training team coaches, one of my gym buddies, one of our run group buddies and 39,989 of our other friends went out this weekend for a beautiful run, jog, wog, walk, dance or stroll down Monument Avenue. The weather was fantastic, the sun was out, spring was in the air.

And when time came for a costume change, it happened right there on the cobblestones.

Happily, there’s no photographic evidence of that part of the event, but we do have other pictures to share.

Follow me…

Runners Ready…

Seriously, the day could not have been nicer. Check out these pre-race pictures as all of the 10k participants, sponsors and vendors gathered in Monroe Park.

 

We took the shuttle from City Stadium to VCU. It's the only way to travel!

We took the shuttle from City Stadium to VCU. It’s the only way to travel! I couldn’t resist this photo of the matching shirts. Um, sir, do you mind if I snap your photo?

 

Photo Op by the Fountain!

Photo Op by the Fountain! I decided to go for a costume today (homage to Madonna). Notice the grey sleeves…

 

We find friends - Hi, Coach Mandy!

We find friends – Hi, Coach Mandy!

 

Runners Set…

Time to get into our waves. And there were definitely waves and waves of people out. Hi, Friends!

Runners in front of us as far as the eyes can see…

 

Runners behinds us as far as the eye can see. WOW!

Runners behinds us as far as the eye can see. WOW!

 

We find more friends! Hi, Erin! (notice grey sleeves of my costume still in tact)

We find more friends! Hi, Erin! (notice grey sleeves of my costume still in tact)

Hey!  We know that voice! Coach Richard warms up the crowd!!

Hey! We know that voice! Coach Richard warms up the crowd!! Richard nicknamed me ‘Bubble Gum’ during training team. I think my costume for the race does my nickname proud. :)

We were a little star struck.

We were a little star struck.

 

Runners Go!

And we’re off! Seabiscuit Dexter had us out of the gate at a healthy pace, but my son and Coach Bill were gone like a flash – they would finish the race in less than an hour. See you at the finish line, fellas!

First photo op as we're aiming toward mile marker 2 and the first water stop. Seabiscuit is out in front!

First photo op as we’re aiming toward mile marker 2 and the first water stop. Seabiscuit is out in front!

Halfway there!

Halfway there!

 

Hey, we know you!  Hi, Coach Dan!! Coach Dan was at the start of the Massey Mile, a new feature in this year's race.

Hey, we know you! Hi, Coach Dan!! Coach Dan was at the start of the Massey Mile, a new feature in this year’s race.

 

We ran with these guys for a little bit. Rock On, VCU Police!

We ran with these guys for a little bit. Rock On, VCU Police!

 

Wonder Woman slowed briefly for this photo op, then was off to battle crime... and find the finish line.

Wonder Woman slowed briefly for this photo op, then was off to battle crime… and find the finish line.

 

Dexter and I at Mile 4, looking fresh as daisies. Notice anything different about my costume?

Dexter and I at Mile 4, looking fresh as daisies. Notice anything different about my costume?

I guess he didn't like Madonna and Wonder Woman. Oh, well. There were better costumes among the later waves.  :)

I guess he didn’t like Madonna and Wonder Woman. Oh, well. There were better costumes among the later waves. :)

 

No Joke, Dearie!

No Joke, Dearie!

 

Run, walk or crawl, we were definitely winners because we finished.

Run, walk or crawl, we were definitely winners because we finished… AGAIN! YAY for our 2nd year completing the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k!!

 

Honoring a Beautiful Lady

DJ JohnsonThis year’s 10k was special in many ways. The training team and race was a family affair, my son helped raise over $1,000 for the Massey Cancer Center, and Dexter and I can now put another notch in our race belt.

But there was something else that made this race extra important for me. I dedicated the run in honor of my dear friend, Dj Johnson, who is battling cancer with the amazing chutzpah and spirit that she brings to everything she does. The day of her most recent treatment, she arrived at the hospital dressed as the Easter Bunny, visiting fellow cancer patients and the pediatrics ward. She is a reminder that while there is breath, there is hope.

Thank you, Dj. For all you are and all you will be. I love you, Woman. And I know you appreciate a great costume.

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Kim Mile 4

 

Wishing you all a most Awesomeliciously Exquisite Day!

~Kimi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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