5K Turkey Trot!
Monday, December 01, 2014
I ran my first 5k race on Thanksgiving Day and I LOVED it! My two boys ran the Kids Fun Race and they loved it too…I think we’ve all found our new addiction. We even talked my 9 year old niece Samantha into running the Kid’s Fun Race as well! We started the night out Wednesday night by having my niece spend the night since we were going to have to get everyone up so early anyway, and so my boys were just so excited to have her stay over that they were jumping off of the walls and I thought I was going to have trouble getting them to stop talking and go to sleep, but it was actually easier than I thought.
Thursday morning I woke everyone up at 5:15 because Samantha had to be lined up for her race at 7:00. I was really happy that she was excited about this, because she doesn’t really like to exercise or do anything sports related. My 7 year old son’s race was next, and he was really ready to go. We weren’t sure if he was going to be able to run or not because he still has a broken elbow, but when he had his doctor’s appointment last week his doctor took more x-rays and said it was okay for him to start moving around more and he cleared him to do this race. So since Tyler had pretty much been cooped up for 3 weeks he was like a pistol ready to go (weighted down with a splint). He ran his mile in 7 min 40 seconds!
Next up was my 5 year old, who’s normally pretty shy, but the excitement of everyone at the race got to him as well and he was ready to run also (although he did ask my husband to run behind him). His race was ½ mile, and he finished it in 4 min 46 seconds…he was too cute. He left my poor husband in the dust who had trouble keeping up with him!
Next up was my 5k. My goal was to finish it in 41 minutes which was the fastest I’ve ever done it at home. It was soooo crowded, there was over 3000 people registered for the race. I was worried about how cold it was as well, since it was only 35 degrees. Normally when I run I’m in my nice heated house on my treadmill not dealing with the weather, and my toes were FROZEN! When my wave was finally released I just tuned in to my music and was pleasantly surprised that I was not only managing to keep up with everybody, but some people I was actually passing. I don’t know why I still have it stuck in my mind that I will always be the slowest person out there. And the cold actually turned out to be a good thing – it was a nice run when you actually got about 1 mile in! I was SO HAPPY when I finished the race with a time of 36 minutes and 13 seconds
Below is a picture of me with my 2 sons and my niece after the race. My youngest son looks so sad because we just told him that we were having turkey for dinner…not his favorite. Life is hard when you are 5! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!