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Smoke the Turkey 5K

Friday, November 27, 2009

Yesterday my 9yo son and I did a Thanksgiving Day 5K - his first race and my 3rd. We had such a great time!! He and I set off at 7AM and made the hour drive to the race site. We were both a little nervous and very excited!

My first two races were smaller events - the first having 45 runners and the second had 25. I placed 43rd in the first race and 25th in the second LOL!! But I had improved my time with the second race!

Upon arrival, I could see that it was a much larger race than what I've experienced - there ended up being almost 1300 runners. It seemed well organized and I was happy to see quite a few kids there as well. At the starting line, we were just about in the middle of the crowd. It was chilly - high 30's - but doing some stretching and warming up, it felt good.

As we began, I reassured my son that it was OK that so many people were passing us by - that we weren't there to beat them, but to do our best and finish! At the half mile point, we turned into a subdivision and men there were telling us that we were at the half point - well, apparently my son at that time thought we were half done! At the 1 mile mark (12 min), he asked us if we were almost done! Poor kid LOL!! All along the subdivision, people were out front of their homes cheering us on - it was awesome!!

We just got beyond the 2 mile marker when - he fell - flat on his belly. Luckily nothing other than his pride was hurt. I reminded him of my last race where I fell and I held his hand as we walked for a bit. He said his leg wasn't hurting much and he wanted to run some more. We picked up our pace and ran past the 2 mile mark (26 min). I was so excited as our fastest 5K in training has been 44 min and we were well on our way to beating that. Not far after the 2 mile mark, however, he fell again. I think he was just getting tired. So I told him we'd walk the rest. He was such a trooper. I asked him if he was OK and he'd say "I'm fine". He started to limp a bit the last 1/2 mile. But then we saw the first of 3 parking areas for race participants. That seemed to perk him up. The last stretch of it, he took off running. So we ended up running through the finish line : ) Our official time was 41:42 and I couldn't be more proud!!

On a more selfish note, it felt good not to be last for a change. In my 2 prior races, I was far behind the persons in front of me and I at times wondered if I should be "racing". But this race had so many people with a wide range of ability levels. We placed 1131/1300. I'll definitely be going back next year.

As for my eating this week - well, it's been pretty hairy. Today was weigh in day and I never skip, even the day after Thanksgiving as it keeps me honest AND helps me focus. I was up 4.5 pounds after several days off plan and I'm OK with that. I own it and deserve it!! But today, I'm back on track - and those nasty old pounds will come off. It just keeps me mindful that the tendency to overeat is still there within me and I have to keep it in check. I have avoided most of the sugary stuffs, but ate "good" stuff until I was beyond stuffed. Even too much of the good stuff is bad.

Be well, my friends....
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    Congrats on the race with your son-- way to go on getting back on track too!
    4149 days ago
    Love your blog! You're a GREAT Mom!! I'm glad you and your son finished the race and ahead too!! My eating lately was like yours and I gained too, but I'm here today and ready to get back on track. Have a GREAT week!!!
    4152 days ago
    good for you
    4153 days ago
    Kudos and congrats to both of you! Great job!
    4153 days ago
    You guys *should* be proud!! Way to go! :D
    4153 days ago
    Loved reading your race blog, Holly....your son has just as much gumption as you....I think after the first fall I would have given up at that age. YAY!
    Keep up the great work....your kiddos have wonderful role models....you rock, woman...
    Thank you for continuing to inspire and support me and so many others!
    4154 days ago
    Awesome job to you both!! :) Love ya!
    4154 days ago
    Congrats to you and your son! I love the idea of reminding the kids -- and ourselves -- that we aren't there to win, we are there to finish.

    4155 days ago
    I loved reading this blog. You are such a good mom. Your children are so blessed to have you. And I'm really proud of you and your son.

    I haven't weight lately. I'm afraid to. LOL. I will have one more day of leftovers and then back on plan for me.
    4155 days ago
    Holly... reading this kinda got me a little emotional!
    I am absolutely thrilled that your 9 year old son completed an offical 5K race despite falling twice! He deserves a HUGE pat on the back and should be SO PROUD of his accomplishments!!! (As well as you for sticking with him for the entire race... what a supportive Mom you are!!!)

    I can only imagine what doing something like this is doing for your son's self esteem... and you'd better watch out! He's going to be such a great athelete in his teen/adult years if he continues on this path!

    4156 days ago
    Congrats to you and Logan on the race!!! What a great way to start Thanksgiving! Awesome job in getting back on track, I gave myself permission to be off track yesterday, too - even though I was careful and I am back on track today. We can do this!!!
    4156 days ago
    Hey Holly,

    First off, congrats to your son for his first race!!! THAT IS SO AWESOME! And you must feel SO PROUD to have set such a great, healthy example for your kids, that is really spectacular!

    Secondly, good job finishing under your best training plans, and that despite a couple of spills, that is incredible!!!

    I had not thought of this until now, but it seems like the smaller races I have done have had MUCH more experienced runners than the bigger ones! The bigger ones flyer and advertise to attract a larger range of people, where the smaller usually only people in dedicated running circles find out, so that is a WAY unrepresentative sample of the sport! I hadn't thought to tell you until now, but yeah, glad you experienced how good you are relative to a crowd!

    And here, here for being accountable and moving forward. Yes, a lot of that is water, but it is still better to face the facts and let it remind you to watch the sodium laden food until you are back to normal.

    So to both of us - yay for the countdown to break, huh! WOO HOO!
    4156 days ago
    I never would have had the stamina to run that far when I was a child - I really admire your son, and YOU, for being his role model. I think that's completely awesome and I so hope that I can follow your example if I become a parent someday!!!
    4156 days ago

    I LOVE how your fit life is inspiring your son. What gifts you are giving him !
    The gift of health and the gift of alone time with Mommy. You rock11

    4156 days ago
    Terrific job!! And mega-kudos to you for inspiring us to get fit with our kids and get them involved NOW so that they won't have the same problems that we have!!
    4156 days ago
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    Awesome job on the 5K! kudos to your son. I have a 9YO and I know that he would like to try something like this with me. Maybe we will sign up for a race and see where it takes us...
    4156 days ago
  • AWOLF24
    Congratulations on your race! Great job! How nice of you to do it with your son. emoticon
    4156 days ago
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