I started Saturday off alone in my garage for a 20-minute Tabata ride. It was so hard, and I will never understand how twenty-second intervals feel like they are each five minutes long.
Olivia is officially my favorite Peloton instructor now.
And then we got right into getting ready for the race. The kids put all of their race things out the night before and had their bibs pinned onto their costumes and everything. We got there at eight and met up with some of Andrew’s family before the race.
We stayed all together for the first half mile and then Brooke, Knox and I went a little bit ahead.
Candy at the aid stations, yes please.
The leaves were gorgeous, and the course was mainly on the trail that goes next to a river.
We did a lot of run/walking for the first two miles, and then when Andrew caught up with us (once Skye jumped back into the stroller), Brooke wanted to push the pace with me.
You end up going through this tunnel twice throughout the race. I saw people going crazy fast (like in the 5:XX pace) running through the tunnel… I would have fallen on my face!
Brooke’s final kick was strong… and my foot felt normal the entire time until we picked up the pace on the final stretch, so maybe I’ll stick to an easy pace for a while as I comeback (planning on short runs 2-3 times a week for a bit).
Everyone did amazing. This was Andrew’s niece’s first race, and she did awesome! <— Converting all of our family members into racing addicts.
PS running in a tiger suit when it is about 45 degrees out feels very good.
They had delicious pumpkin donuts at the finish line, and I must hunt these down and buy a dozen for myself today. Donuts need to be at the end of every race.
Runtastic events always have the coolest medals at the end, which was a huge bonus for my kids.
I’m just going to brag about my nephew (my oldest brother’s son)… this was his first half ever, and he finished at 1:30:54. He is 15 years old, and his longest run before the race was 8 miles. He is doing so well in cross-country, and I cannot wait to see what he does in the distance world over the years.
I had feelings of really missing racing this course (I’ve raced it a bunch of times, and it was my PR course for a while) and pushing myself as hard as I possibly can, BUT it was one of those moments where I realize how much injuries give to me (which sounds weird). I had the best time running with the kids and just focusing on them and their races without being distracted by my own race. I got to hear Brooke say, “THIS IS SO MUCH FUN” about 100 times as she was running. I got to see Knox bring a gu to take halfway through the 5k for the extra energy boost. I got to focus on all of the costumes around me and give my kids pointers on things to tell themselves during a race. There are positives to injuries, and I was so grateful that my foot was happy enough to do the race with them! Once I am back racing again, I need to include both the fun races with the kids and my own races for the perfect combination!
And just a few more random things…
SOS. I have a feeling my day today will consist of raking.
Skye can never wear enough pink.
Even my niece is hooked on our Peloton now.
Who has a November birthday, anniversary or race?
What was the highlight of your Halloween?
Have you started Christmas shopping? Are you nervous about it this year?
Putting up Christmas decorations now or waiting until after Thanksgiving?