This was not a speed race. This was 2,600 people dressed like Santa. I'm totally making the whole family do it next year (in costume, of course) and there *may* be Jell-O shots. It was SO FUN!
Friday, December 12, 2014
We had the "storm of the decade" and it was underwhelming. I also screwed up chicken noodle soup epically. It was so gross.
I took a spontaneous day off this week. The girls and I hit up the Walmart, then story time, and then picked our Christmas tree in about 2.4 seconds. Basically I walked up to the kid and asked what he had for under $50.
Turned out $50 will buy you a pretty big ass tree. Is it just me, or are the sparser trees more popular this year? The couple I've seen, I like a lot.
We went out to dinner tonight. A marching band came through and we were stuck between the tubas and the drums. Pretty sure it was the most relaxing part of the evening.
Averson's been wearing that tiger costume as a coat. The preschool moms think C is a genius.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
So, there's no pre-race selfie because I ALMOST MISSED THE RACE. This was a marathon relay and I was given the third leg, which started at the halfway point 13.1.) I did basic math, subtracted an hour, and left for the relay point.
Putting my shoes on outside to trick the dog. Totally didn't work.
So I drove ten of the fifteen miles to my spot and literally couldn't go any further. After driving like a banshee through residential neighborhoods, I managed to gain another two miles. I called a teammate for an ETA of the second leg runner and realized I wasn't going to make it. So I screeched into the parking lot of perhaps the most ghetto sports bar ever, threw on my gear, took a final swig of water, and joined the race. I ended up running 10.04 miles (instead of the seven I'd planned.) My first mile was great, but I really struggled with my pacing for the rest of it, so I alternated running too fast and walking. I think all the adrenaline wiped me out. That and there were a LOT of hills. My legs are aching already.
But I made it and my time wasn't awful. I beat my Leg 2 runner by about two minutes and found my Leg 4 runner easily. Then I jumped/hobbled onto a school bus to the finish to meet up with the rest of the team.
So tiny! And I'm not a tall person. Also, this bus REEKED.
Our team. I'd only ever met the girl in the skirt, who was not on either side of my run of course.
The shirt is not cute, but this will always be my "Never give up!" race. Also, a reminder that I don't need to do this kind of race again. It was fun, and the course support was amazing, but I think for me running is definitely an individual sport.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
You guys! I just registered for my tenth race. Number nine is this weekend. At the very last minute (like two days ago), I was invited to be on a relay team for the California International Marathon. I am so, so excited! Number ten involves Santa suits :)