|Our sweet little turkey, photo from my mom.|
When we hit the turn around I had worked my way up to 4th female and was closing in on the woman in 3rd. I went through the 2nd mile in 6:59 and was pleased with my consistency. I knew we were going to tackle that long hill during the last mile and the wind was a challenge on its own. That coupled with having run a half marathon on Sunday left my legs worn out and heavy. I caught up to the 3rd female toward the end of the hill and tried to pick the pace back up during the last half mile. I hit mile 3 in 7:06 which I felt was pretty good considering the hill and wind. As I neared the finish line I saw the clock ticking down to 22 minutes and knew I had too much ground to cover to break 22 minutes but pushed hard anyway. I ended up running 22:00 flat! That put my average pace at 7 minutes per mile which I was pleased with given the conditions.
I cheered dad, Thomas, and Ty on and then took Carter and Elise in the stroller for a cool down mile because Carter was getting a little fussy. When he woke up that morning he asked me if it was morning. When I told him it was he said, "I'm still sleepy." I told him he could go back to sleep but he said he wanted to get up. They have hot chocolate at the finish each year and Carter was excited to get some but it was over 60 degrees so they didn't make any. Poor Carter had been looking forward to it all morning so that didn't help with his disposition. Oma said she'd take him to McDonald's for hot chocolate and pancakes which appeased him. We waited around for awards and Carter was all about his daddy. He yelled, "I want daddy," when someone else tried to hold him and snuggled into Ty looking like he could fall asleep. Jeremy and dad won their age groups. I was 3rd overall female as well as 3rd in my age group so we left with 4 medals. I gave mine to Elise and she had a blast playing with them. She would drop them on the ground occasionally and I'd bend over so she could pick them up which she thought was hilarious!
|Ty finishing with me cheering him on, photo taken by my mom.|
|I thought this was a cool picture my mom took of me running my cool down.|
Jeremy finished 18th out of 462 overall in 21:25, winning his age group. My official finishing time was 22:00 minutes, good for 23rd overall, 3rd out of 241 females and 3rd in my age group. Dad came in next in 23:35, 40th overall and first in his age group. Thomas finished in 25:00, placing 63rd overall and 11th in his age group. Ty finished in 28:13, 109th overall and 16th in his age group. On average we were all about a minute to a minute and a half slower than what we would normally run for a 5k. We ended the morning with some McDonald's breakfast which was enjoyable for all of us. Carter said, "I got some syrup on my pants," to which I looked over and saw syrup dripping off his lap which we all got a laugh out of. It was another successful Turkey Day 5k. Such a great way to spend our morning! I'm so thankful for the ability to run and for my mom signing us up for races that we otherwise wouldn't be able to run because we couldn't afford to register!