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....