Santa to the Sea Half Marathon Relay
Robb and I had not planned to do this race this year even though I kind of wanted to do it. Then things changed and the opportunity came up with my sister who was thinking about doing the half marathon but then decided she’d rather not and thought the 2 person relay would be fun if I’d do it with her so she signed us up with her work and then Robb joined us.
We’d been having frost advisories all week and the forecast called for temps in the 30’s for the start of the race. I came prepared with my santa hat on my head, a buff around my neck, gloves, layered shirts, and longs socks and a mylar blanket for warmth while waiting for the bus and then again at the exchange point. I got to the exchange point with about an hour or more to wait so I headed to the Starbuck’s to stay warm. After a while I headed to the transition area so I could see the first runners come through as well as Robb and anyone else I might know and try and take a picture but everyone was coming in fast.
I guess I missed my sister since she found me and strapped the relay timing chip on my ankle and I was off. It was kind of a jolt but I got going quickly. I was a bit out of sorts. My socks were falling down, my shorts under my skirt were riding up and I was a mess for a mile or two and then I got into a good groove. Then I got hot. All my preparations to stay warm before the race were now backfiring and making me very hot. Santa hat was the first to go and it helped immensely. I felt renewed. I tried my best to keep up a good pace but at times I had to stop but I tried only to stop at the water stations. I took a Gu and some water at one and that made me feel a lot better too. I pushed on. Then I started to feel some funky pains in my left leg, which luckily went away. With the pain gone, I pushed on and pushed harder to get to the finish line. I made it across the finish line and saw my sister waving and yelling to me. It was nice to see her. Then I found my hubby. We headed out and got some food and then headed home for a much needed nap!! Even though I only ran half of a half, I felt like I ran the whole thing.
Matilda and I out for a freezing cold rainy morning. There’s a very slight chance of snow, but not likely but my frozen fingers are crossed! Time to get home and get warm and toasty and finishing decorating the house.
happy aloha friday…
….a blueberry bagel topped with Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Spread
….having a friend get you two jars knowing that the TJ’s closest to where you live stopped stocking it there.
IMO much much better than Nutella! Yes it’s possible ;-)
listening to Christmas music
while enjoying some hot chocolate
and having a heater at my feet.
Aww…the little things
I’m in!! Just signed up to be included for the Dailymile Secret Santa!! You can join too!
Cyber Monday Shopping!!
Just bought hubby and I our 2014 Runner’s World Calendars…one for me at work and one for hubby in our office!!
Rodale sent me a cyber monday shopping email…only 9.95 and free shipping if you pay with a credit card today. Nice to save a few bucks!!
Tonight it’s Christmas tree shopping!! Can’t wait. I love the smell of pine in the house!!
EDIT: Looks like Bart Yasso put a link on FB for their Cyber Monday Sale so if you want to get a deal on their calendar…here’s the link https://secure.rodale.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/OaeEntryPage?storeId=10057&mktOfferId=RWD63083&keycode=240667&product_code=122340&smartcode=1066190002024403002056929189920131201
Pumpkin Pie done! Looking forward to another Thanksgiving dinner this time with my mom, sister, niece and nephew!! Oh and Matilda said not to forget papa who is cooking all the other food. Not to mention herself who is super happy to be back from camp :-)
My view while doing a cool down walk after finishing an easy 3 miles around the lake. I love where I live. So thankful on this Thanksgiving Eve.