Turkey Day Recap, Racing and Christmas!

Turkey Day started with a slight SNAFU and ended with race awesomeness and a whole lot of good food. One off’s are my reality. If things went totally smooth all of the time I would be worried!

Let’s get to recapping.

After maybe 3 hours of sleep on Wednesday night I rolled my crabby self out of bed around 5 am. Apparently LD didn’t sleep either because when I headed downstairs he was already up and coffee was ready. I volunteered to get the kids up since they tend to be grumpy before sunrise.

It.was.easy. Say what?

Those little stinkers popped out of bed as if Santa had arrived. Apparently they key to getting kids up early is mentioning a holiday. If I would have said “Time to get up for school” there would have been no response. But “Time to get up for Thanksgiving” had them springing to life. Incredible.

We got packed up and were out of the house in under an hour. Record time. And then we had our hiccup. Should have known something would go awry 🙂 We were about 3 miles from the house when I realized I forgot my bib and chip. Whoops. Sorta, kinda need that. It was really foggy outside but we were not far so we figured it would take but a minute to go back and then be on our way. And then every light was red. And then we could not u-turn. And then, and then, and then…

It was comical. I could have run back to our house faster than we made it by car.

Finally got to Oceanside around 6:45, parked by the rest of the fam and off to the start we went.

I lined up close to the front since I am familiar with the course and didn’t want to get stuck in the crowd. Gun went off and I just tried to find a groove.

Mile 1: 6:57

Mile: 2 6:57

Mile 3: 6:55

Kind of surprised that Mile 3 was faster as there is a short hill and then a turn south which had the sun blazing in my face. Actually, really surprised that I was still sub 7. Seriously.

Mile 4: 7:11, slight slow down due to a steep but short climb up the pier. I knew it was coming and did pass a few dudes (hehehe) on the way up but it still took a little wind out of my sails

Mile 5: 6:52 (Who am I?)

Fastest 5 mile race I have ever run and the first race with 4 sub 7 min miles!! Ahhhh! Woohooo!

Garmin stat: 5.03 miles in 35:02 (6:58 pace)- So I know it doesn’t count, but it sure looks awesome.

Final race result 5 miles in 35:07 (7:01 pace), 5th in my age (30-34).

Man, did I get close to breaking 35 or what? Soon!

I crossed the finish line and sat with hubs while we waited for the rest of the fam. My brother came in around 49 min and we snapped a pic.

Dude has not run in forever and busted out 5 sub 9 min miles. Amazing!

My sis and SIL followed right behind and then my parents and all of the grandkids shut it down. My big guy ran from mile 2 to mile 3.5, in jeans, a sweatshirt and vans (he is SoCal through and through). Throw a pair of Brooks on the kid and he will be ready for a 5k in no time. That’s my boy.

All sweaty sharing his medal with his sis.

After snapping a group pic (representing Team Mira Costa where my SIL is a professor) we headed back to my parents house to eat and watch football.

This is the only pic I got. Well, I did get a few of the kids but of the fam? Yeah, this was it. Told you I needed a new camera. I love my iPhone but it just isn’t the same.

So there you have it. It was a PRing, Turkey Eating, Football watching, family gobble gobble of a day. Loved it. Can’t wait for Christmas.


Speaking of Christmas we will be heading to Texas. Not sure what the weather will be like but knowing Texas it could be 19 in the morning and 75 in the afternoon. The pan handle is so fickle! Should make running fun. HA! MIL started chemo again this week and will get a little break while we are there. She is still fighting but as you know we just have to keep praying. We are hoping that she feels well while we are there and will be able to just enjoy time with all of the kids. 

What are you all up to for the holidays? Anyone crazy like us and traveling? 

27 thoughts on “Turkey Day Recap, Racing and Christmas!

  1. We are heading to Canada for the holidays (we live in England)…i just had a baby three weeks ago and she’ll be 5 weeks when we travel. Plus my 2.5 yr old…yeah we might be a little crazy 🙂

    Great recap! You did so good in that race, not sure how you run so fast!

    1. I have always wanted to visit Can! Do you have family there? Congrats on your sweet baby girl!! Yes it will be crazy but it will also be fun. Take lots of pics!!

      You know, if someone told me in HS that I would one day run a single mile under 9 minutes I would not have believed it. Practice 🙂

  2. You are so speedy, woman!! What a great race. Texas winter weather is crazy, you’re right about that. I always forget that it does get cold here in the winter, and ignore all of the ‘great running great for winter” articles until it’s too late.

    1. Aww thanks!! Yes, I never know what we are going to get when we are there. I think last January it snowed one day and was in the high 60s the next day! Darn weather couldn’t make up its mind. Hope you are well!!

  3. That was an incredible race! So fast! Have you been doing some speed work girlie? Congratulations, isn’t it so much fun to have a race like this? Glad your Thanksgiving was good and safe travels to Texas for Christmas, continued prayers for your MIL. xoxo

    1. You know, I think it’s all of the hill running. Most of the grades by my casa are between 2.5-6%. There is literally no flat- it’s either up or down until I get to the coast. This race was flat with only 2 climbs and the pier was steep but short. The stars aligned 🙂

  4. Incredible run my dear!! It was a wonderful day. This will be our first Christmas without you and it certainly won’t be the same, but Texas is where you need to be….my prayers are with Kay and Danny and I too hope she’s feeling well enough to enjoy her time with all of you. xoxoxo

  5. Wow! You are super speedy! I love that your son ran in jeans and vans… mine did too! Seriously, my 8 year old ran a mile turkey trot in jeans and vans in the rain. I honestly can’t imagine anything more uncomfortable 😀 Congrats on your awesome race!

  6. great job on the PR & speedy sub 7 min miles my friend!! happy to hear that all is great! still keeping your MIL in my prayers. love the pic of your boy sharing his medal w/his sis!! so cute!! 🙂 love & miss ya!!! xo

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