Hello! How did everyone’s Thanksgiving go? We went to three Thanksgiving meals, plus two Friendsgivings over the past couple weeks, so we certainly got our fair share of the delicious Thanksgiving foods. My parents always host Thanksgiving, but this year they decided to hold it on Saturday instead of Thursday because more people were able to come. This worked well for us because then we were able to go to Dustin’s family’s on Thursday and not have to rush off to go somewhere else. It was also nice because there’s a Turkey Trot where we live on Thanksgiving morning, and my parents were able to come since they weren’t preparing food and cleaning the house. 🙂
The race started at 9 am, so we got there around 8:30. My parents were already there because they didn’t preregister, so they had to do that between 8 and 8:30. I didn’t really have any time goals for this race–when I was training for the marathon I was running a lot, but running slowly; lately I’ve been running faster, but not as much, so I didn’t really know what would happen. I decided that I’d be happy with a pace faster than 9 min/mile. The weather was pretty much perfect…36 degrees. I wore capris, long sleeves, a hat, and mittens. I knew I’d have to ditch the mittens by the end, but I hate when my hands are really cold, so I figured I’d keep them covered up for the beginning of the run.
Dustin decided as we were walking up that he was going to walk with my parents instead of run. I was a little disappointed because he usually runs with me for 5ks, but I’m also glad he likes my parents, so it’s ok. 🙂 We lined up and before I knew it, we were off!
There were about 500 people in the race, so it’s not huge, but we were running on paths, so it was rather crowded. The entire race I was surrounded by people, but the beginning was (as always) the worst. The race is also dog friendly, so lots of people had their dogs with them. I’m definitely not against this, but it takes up even more room when you have a dog on a leash running next to you, so it just added to the crowded feeling.
This picture was taken shortly after the start. It doesn’t look as crowded as it felt. 🙂 The first mile went by quickly, and because my watch was under both my shirt and gloves, I didn’t get to see it when it showed me my first mile split. Now I can look and see it was 8:25. Around mile 1.5 I uncovered my watch and saw I was running around an 8:30 pace, so it became my new goal to maintain an 8:30 average pace for the 5k. I was pretty sure I hadn’t sped up, so I knew my first mile had to be close to 8:30–I just had to maintain the same speed for the rest of the race. Mile 2 was 8:28. Woot!
I was starting to feel hot, so I took off my mittens at this point. I didn’t want to ditch them and risk not getting them back, so I just carried them with me the rest of the way. I run these paths all the time, which I think helped me because I knew where we were going the whole time, and about how far we had left to go. Just before the three mile marker, the girl just in front of me started walking and I said, “You can do it! We’re almost there”. She was definitely wiped out and said, “Thanks, I know, I’m just struggling,” but then started running again. About fifty feet later she threw up on the side of the path. 😐 I felt bad for pressuring her to keep running!
I crossed the finish line and looked down at my watch to see a time of 25:48. I was very happy with that! It’s not close to my PR, but I haven’t been training to run fast, and I certainly didn’t come to this event prepared to run faster than I ever had. My average pace was 8:27, so I beat my random goal that I developed mid-race. 🙂 After I went to the bathroom (lines were so long beforehand that I didn’t get to go one last time before we started, which I always like to do :-|) and got a drink of water, I started running the course backwards to find my parents. After about a half mile, I found my mom, and walked to the end with her. She was definitely walking fast, and was proud of herself for getting out there and getting some exercise. She has done a few other 5ks with me, and I think she likes seeing how fast she can walk the 3 miles–she told me she had passed a bunch of people because they were walking SO SLOW. haha.
My dad and Dustin weren’t far behind her. My mom got some water, and we waited a couple minutes before we saw them coming up the path.
We have done a few Turkey Trots in the past, but this is the first time my parents have come to join us, so it made it much more fun. 🙂 After the race Dustin and I got ready and went to his aunt’s for their family’s Thanksgiving. We then spent the night at Dustin’s parents. We watched Bad Moms (which I thought was hilarious), and the first episode of the new Gilmore Girls! Friday we slept in and then went to Dustin’s sister’s house. She has a one-and-a-half year old little girl, so we were happy to get to spend some time with them. In the late afternoon we drove the two hours to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving number two. My parents only live about a half hour from my aunt’s, so afterwards we went to their house. Thanksgiving #3 was at my parents on Saturday. After dinner, I took all of the kids that were there to see Santa.
We stayed the night at my parents Saturday night, and hung out with them for most of the day on Sunday. At some point Dustin, Nova, and I went for a run around town–it felt good to get back out and get moving after lots of eating and sitting. We headed back Sunday evening and watched another episode of Gilmore Girls when we got home. Nova must have been exhausted from all the traveling because the second I set her bed down, she laid down and didn’t move the rest of the night.
Overall it was a good extended weekend–lots of family time, good food, and relaxation. Now I have to get back into the school mindset and actually get something done. 🙂
For those of you who are Gilmore Girls fans….Have you watched the new episodes? What do you think?
We are now halfway through the new episodes and I’m still not sure what to think. I also hate seeing Emily without Richard. 😦
Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? What was the best food you ate?