As soon as we wrapped up Casi and Eric’s wedding, I headed to bed so I could get up early for the Just Run 1/2 marathon and the Riverfront Jazz Festival.
I ran over to the start line, and found Jenilee and George!
This is a great hometown race, with a half marathon and a 5K. It was a very hot and humid day- it was between 97-98% humidity. The race started nice and easily, on the bridge right above the dam. I found Ray, manning the 3 mile water station with the Boy Scouts.
It is a beautiful course, and this year, they switched it up with a little stretch through the Sculpture Park on the Green Circle.
One of my favorite things about running is meeting new people. The running community is so welcoming and friendly!
I crossed the finish line one sweaty woman, received my medal, and ran home, with 15 miles for the day.
I took a shower, packed a lunch, and we headed over to the Riverfront Jazz Festival. I spent a lot of time at the Jazz Festival, both on Saturday and Sunday. Once again, I was shooting for those guys, but I also got to hang out with my college friends and people that I love from the community!
My college friend, Matt, brought his sextet up from Illinois to play. In fact, his group, Old Style Sextet, just won second place at a competition in China, and are bringing home $20,000! Congratulations, Matt :)
Brian and I spent some time dancing, and after a couple swing songs, we headed back to our spot to sit down. A lady I didn’t know chased after me and said that there were friends of mine in the water that wanted to say, “Hi!” Lo and behold…
My Wausau kayaking crew! :) in a fun twist, I have danced with or learned to dance from many of these people. Missy and Jeff were my first ballroom dance instructors! Seeing them was a great surprise.
We crashed pretty hard on Sunday night, after chowing down some Bucky Badger jello jigglers! Way awesome.
Up next? Meeting Baby Lily Nowinski. <3
Miles this year: 458.7