Another half marathon done together and maybe a new Thanksgiving tradition for us. Sound good Andrew?
The race started at 8 a.m. We had a little bit of a drive to get to the starting line and parked our car about 10 minutes before the race. We were waken up a few times that night by kiddos so when our alarm clock went off to get up for the race, we remembered how cold it was outside and had second thoughts about going. BUT once we were there and running we were very happy that we were there. Sometimes just getting through the alarm clock is the hardest part of a race or long run.
The starting line! I think it was about 28 degrees when we started and I wore running tights, a tank, a light hoodie and a jacket and that kept me pretty toasty. The real magic was with the hand warmers that I put in my gloves. Those keep me happy during winter running.
The course was in an area that I had never run before. It was flat for a good amount of the time but there were also some rolling hills. There were a few areas with some ice (Andrew and I both almost fell a few times) but they also had a lot of salt out on the bridges/more slick areas which was nice.
There were a ton of runners out doing a half marathon on Thanksgiving morning which I loved seeing.
We ran around this gorgeous area too where the mountain’s reflection was in the water and it was gorgeous. It was an out and back course with a loop if that makes sense.
The thing Andrew and I loved the most about this race was that when people registered for this race you entered in a few things you were thankful for. The race people then turned in some of those items into signs along the course with a few of them each mile. This added some serious entertainment.
I also loved all of the gorgeous horses that we saw along the way too. The course was beautiful and I loved getting there and starting right away (I am used to races where you have to get to the busses at a ridiculous time to get bussed to the starting line).
Andrew wanted to finish under 2 hours and we finished in 1:55. I had a blast running with him and loved the gorgeous course. My calves were pretty sore from speedwork on Tuesday but other than that things felt great and it was so fun starting the day off running with Andrew.
They had a ton of hot chocolate, pumpkin pie and cakes and they had amazing medals for us. When we called the kids the first thing they asked about was the medals;)
The next few hours included a lot of cooking and hanging out with Andrew’s family. Then we sat down for dinner and it was amazing. The first Thanksgiving as a family.
Brooke helped me out with making some pies. She was very precise and exact with adding the streusel topping.
A reader sent me this recipe for chocolate cream pie. I made it and it was amazing and super easy. If you ever need chocolate cream pie, try this one (we did a graham cracker crust instead of a flaky one though).
There was also a nap and a lot of games to complete our Thanksgiving celebrations. My best Thanksgiving yet.
Thank you for sending in your amazing race accomplishments, you guys are AMAZING!! If you want to send in your running accomplishments, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org !!! PS I apologize if some of the pictures show up smaller but for some reason they won’t load any bigger because I am using my laptop and not my normal computer while I am at my in-laws.
Tahira!!! “I ran my first ever half marathon, the Route 66 Half Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday, Nov. 20! The weather was perfect and the course went through neighborhoods and streets that had beautiful fall foliage. My training was derailed about halfway through after having random pains in my legs that even my doctor couldn’t understand, but I still didn’t want to give up hope on finishing my first half marathon. And I did it! I went into the race with zero expectations and with the goal only to finish, and I did! It was also great to have my two best friends, my mom and dad supporting me throughout the course.”
Pamela!!! “This weekend I ran my first half marathon in the Annapolis MD Running Classic! I have been running for four years but never attempted anything longer than a 10K. One of my goals for 2016 was to run a half and I finally did it! I was thankful to have a good friend to talk to through the miles, the gorgeous weather, and being able to run my first half through my state’s capital! I even finished close to my goal time of 2:30. I’m thinking there will be more 13.1’s in my future.:)”
Jessica!!!! “Last weekend I ran the Richmond Marathon for the second time, and PRd by 24 minutes! It was my third marathon, and I thought the best time I could hit if EVERYTHING lined up was a 4:30, and I ran a 4:25:48!!! I had an awesome training cycle and my coach Jessica (from runladylike.com) really helped me take my running to the next level. I posted a full recap HERE!”
Kara!!! “I ran the Gobbler Grind marathon on 11/13/16- my first! After running 4 half, I took the bait and nervously signed up for the full. I really loved the training- continually setting new distance records was so empowering. Not to mention, I enjoyed the early morning time alone- who knew therapy could come in the form of running shoes? Race day was perfect- the weather was ideal and my amazing family cheered for me all over the course. Five years ago a friend suggested we do Couch to 5k; it was painful and hard and motivating. I remember thinking that running a marathon would be impossible and envied anyone that was able to do it. I’m still in shock that I am a marathoner! Best part was crossing the finish line with my sweet girl, niece, and nephew. I’m so proud of myself and can’t wait to set more big goals!”
Anonymous “I went through a breakup about 2 months ago and it was really hard for me because 1) I was the one being broken up with and I think that is always a little bit harder and 2) he wasn’t/isn’t a jerk and I was (am?) still very much in love with hi. We definitely had our fair share of relationship problems, but the finality of it all really took me by surprise. I was about a month into training for the Berkeley half marathon (my 2nd after a couple years hiatus) and I wasn’t very happy nor feeling great about myself, but I’m glad that with the support of my friends, I kept up with the training. Around this time, I also stumbled on your blog. I wanted you to know that reading your blog helped me fall back in love with running and falling back in love with running is helping me fall back in love with myself, and I am SO grateful for that. My accomplishment isn’t so much about my time (although, I’m pretty proud of that too!) or finishing in relatively awful (for me) weather (drizzling) but more about feeling stronger and more like myself after it.”
Jessie!!! “I had a very busy fall, so I decided not to run a fall half, but that made me sad to not be racing. Instead I signed up for a few 5K’s with a goal to FINALLY run a sub-25 minute 5K. Saturday’s weather was nice and cool, mid-40’s (though it did start to rain about a half mile in). I ran CONSISTENT paces, was on pace to make my goal and lapped my Garmin at 3.1 showing 24:48! The race finished a little long with a 25:23 clock time- but either way, a PR for me! And I even tossed my cookies right at mile 3. OOPS! TMI! The cherry on top was winning 3rd overall female! I have one more 5k left to run this year, and I’m hoping to see 24:XX on the race clock this time! I wrote a blog post to recap HERE!”
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