Yes. I cheated on Great Lakes Christmas Ale. I'm sorry, GL. It was tasty. You're still my #1.
Anyway, I headed out with Best Friend and my parents because my mom was running too, of course. I wore my sparkly yellow skirt just because. There was a guy in complete Native American chief garb including a well-stocked supply of bows and arrows at the start. Some people were definitely more creative than I was...
Pappy wanted to go for about 9 minute pace, but I told him I wanted to sneak him in under 9s. :) BF wanted to run 10 minute miles since it "was cold." I told her it wasn't cold and she should run with us, but she was insistent. I told her we'd start slow and maybe get faster after that, so hopefully she could just hang with us. She's a former soccer player so I know she's a tough chick.
Anyway, we went off and it was a total cluster for the first 1/2 mile or so. I tried not to go to fast (always a challenge for me) because I knew Pappy was depending on me not to screw up. BF wanted to slow down a bit so I ran with her but she instructed me to go on ahead. So, I ran up to Pappy with the goal of getting him in under 9s.
The first mile he ran an 8:54! Yay, Pappy! He didn't even seem winded. He could still answer my questions and talk a bit, so I decided to pick it up just a *teensy* bit.
|Action shot mid-race! Go Pappy Go!|
Our second mile was an 8:43! He was still doing fabulous. I asked him if he wanted to know his pace and he said no, which was probably good because I didn't want to freak him out.
I tried to just keep talking and tell him how much he was kicking butt and how he was definitely going to PR, it was just a matter of how much (his previous PR was a 29:09). We turned the corner and hit mile 3 in 8:32! Then I told him to kick it up with whatever he had left. He crossed the line in 27:17! YAHOOOOOOOO! I was very proud of him. :)
I turned around and headed out to find BF and she was like 20 seconds behind us! She did awesome and if I had known she was that close I would have gotten her before. She really ran a fabulous race and I think I might have even talked her into the Reindeer Run. Yay!
Went out to find my Mom and found her earlier than I thought and looking really strong! We ran in together and I believe she had a PR--unofficially I think she snuck in under 34 minutes! YAY Mom!
|My Mom (or is it my sister?!) and I with BF at the finish|
All in all, we had a great time and I enjoyed helping everyone else reach their goals! Now, hopefully I can reach mine next weekend. :)
It was 61 degrees and sunny so after I had the Turkey prepped and ready to go, I simply HAD TO SNEAK OUT FOR A RIDE. There was really no question about it. I jumped on the QR CD0.1 and did a quick 17 miles along the lake where I was very irresponsible and took a few pictures:
|ARE YOU SERIOUS, THANKSGIVING?! I get to ride in this? This is a HAPPY face|
|About as daring as I got while I rode. Look at that sky! Me likey|
Now it's sunny but a little cold, and tomorrow we're supposed to have some snow, but I don't care. I got to get out not once but TWICE on Thanksgiving and I definitely earned my fair share of pie!