I ran a turkey trot this year only barely, but I am happy about it anyway.
There were several turkey trots this year but I only made it to one. I originally planned on running it with the family – my husband would run the 5k with a double stroller and I would run the 10k. It didn’t quite work out that way because we went to Lake Tahoe before Thanksgiving to fulfill the promise of showing our kids snow. To make a good trip of it the kids also went to ski school. In the chaos of packing up the car for a trip with 3 kids, my suitcase somehow didn’t make it into the car. I ended up buying a couple of base layers (which I never had before) so that I wouldn’t freeze, but I pretty much had to wear what I had on me. I managed to not suffer too much but I came back with a more severe cold than I had in the beginning of the trip.
I had to skip going to the gym after I came back not so much because of how I feel but I was coughing and sneezing enough that I would not be in good condition to hit a gym class. To be a good gym citizen, I stayed away.
The morning of the Turkey Trot, it was freezing, and it was hard to motivate the whole family to go. I wasn’t sure about taking the baby because I was feeling tired for the broken sleep so we ended up improvising – no strollers, just me and my 6 year old would go. I would downgrade my 10K to a 5K so Roger and I can run together. Roger would run as my husband James and use his race bib.
I managed to stay get to the race on time even after arguing with my 6 year old about his running clothes. He had wanted to wear his t-shirt and shorts because he didn’t believe me that it was freezing outside since there was sunshine. I talked him into his long sleep, jacket, and sweatpants by telling him I wouldn’t take him if he wasn’t properly dressed. He later (after the race) told me that he wish he brought his gloves, and agreed to listen to me next time about clothes without arguing.
I literally ran my last race a year ago, and I just ran a 5K with the whole family, all 5 of us! The event was HERS Keep A Breast 10k/5k at the very nearby Quarry Lake. Though I have been running on the treadmill, I still have not gotten myself back up to 10k shape, so I elected to do the 5k instead. Even thought I had been doing well, running with babies and strollers was altogether another deal. Even though it was mostly flat, it won’t be completely flat so I wanted to focus on just getting out there and having fun.
There was plenty enough to worry about that I hadn’t done in a while: day before outfit prep, stroller checks, snack bagged, water bottles filled, and piling it all to the trunk of the car Tetris style to make it all fit. Basic time scheduling to make sure we are not late but also not too early so the kids don’t have much time to whine.
Luckily it all worked out pretty well. We got there and parking, picking up registration and bibs, and getting the kids ready were all pretty smooth. The only issue we had was getting stuck behind a lot of walkers in the first leg of the race. Next time we will get behind the 5k runners instead. This occasion also turned out to be the first time that my 6 year old son did a 5k without using the stroller at all! While my boy did not run the whole way, he managed to walk-run the 5k, and beat both me and my husband to the finish line,with us barely able to keep him in our visual. I was surprised and impressed at the same time. Roger lived high giving everyone and all the cheering. He couldn’t wait for the next race!
I will be looking forward to our next race, in a month.
Sometimes we need a little extra fitness inspiration when we are feeling a bit deflated. Recently my husband decided that he wanted to lose a little weight so he followed my lead and started tracking his food. I started a month before him but a month later he has surpassed my weight loss, even when you calculate the weight based on percentage of body weight. He seems to have lost most of it in his gut, whereas I still look a little bit thick in the belly or slightly pregnant! There is nothing like a little bit of failure to send me into a frenzy.
So one of my fitness goals is to be able to do pull-ups and chin-up, basically being able to pull my own body weight. I have been thinking Linda Hamilton as Sara Connor in Terminator 2 (1991) when I was doing the assisted pull-ups on the machine:
Then I got to thinking about some movies that feature women working out, like:
Demi Moore in G.I. Jane (1997): Considering that the Navy Seal may be allowing women into its ranks soon, I might have to watch this movie again. It has been a while!