Saturday, November 26, 2011

GivingThanks 5K Recap

I hope that you all survived Thanksgiving - if you ate too much, don't stress - today is a new day!  If you were able to stay on track - good for you, you have made it through! 

I ran a Thanksgiving 5K on Thursday with the Challenge Charities.  I have really enjoyed participating in their races - the community they have developed and fostered is so encouraging and just makes you feel good.  I am going to make sure that I make this a new family tradition!  Might even bring Zoe next year and let her run with us!

I had the privilege of running next to my dad for the entire race.  Less than a year ago my dad was laying in a hospital bed and now he is running again!  My dad and I ran the race in 32:30 - it was the best 32 minutes that I have ever experienced during a race! In fact, it was better than the 32 minutes that brought me to the finish line of my first half marathon, it was so fun and such a great way to start the holiday!  Before the race he told me was expecting to finish in about 45 minutes - I knew he had it in him to finish faster and he sure proved me right!  I am so proud of my dad, he ran the entire time - didn't stop once - I think I have discovered where I get my competitive nature from!  I am so thankful that I was able to run this race with my dad and I can't wait to do it again!

My Dad and I - prerace!

I also was able to introduce my dad and step mom to some of my amazing blogging family.  So many great people were at the 5K yesterday - I am so fortunate to have so many like minded friends in my life. 
Aunt Jeanne, Dad, Sue, Me

Me, Ann, Sara - My Girls!

I also decided that I am going to participate in another challenge this holiday season.  My running friend Ann posted about a challenge that Runner's World magazine is sponsoring.  The challenge is simple - run at least ONE mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Year's.  The Turkey Day 5K took care of Day 1.  And Friday I went out for a 5K run on my own.  I ran 3 miles in 27:30 minutes today.  The funny part is I should be more proud of my time from Friday as it was a little bit faster - but honestly I am way more proud of that 32 minute finish with my dad.  We did that together and it was awesome! The Thanksgiving 5K was about so much more than getting a 5K PR - it was about being with family and friends and giving thanks for all of the blessings in our lives.  I really try hard to be thankful every day but I think having a special day like that really brings it home and is a good reminder of all of the wonderfulness we have! 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our extended family.  It was a long day of going from one house to another but seeing the joy in our girls when they are able to spend time with our family is worth the tired feeling I have at the end of the day.  I am so blessed to have so many supportive family members and its always great to reconnect! 

Today is Day 3 of the #RWRunStreak - going to be hitting up the gym for weights and a couple of miles on the treadmill while the girls nap! 

Be happy and healthy my friends!

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