Hey peeps :). I hope everyone’s having a great Mother’s Day weekend and getting away from the grind of work, school, and whatever else you might do. I took a vacation day on Friday and spent time with my husband, so that made my weekend longer which is always nice.
Clay and I went to lunch together and enjoyed delicious soups, salads and each other’s company- we’re not “that couple” that’s always together, but it is nice to have him to myself again sometimes! Then I enjoyed a delicious Sweet cupcake because I’m a little superstitious and usually get one before I run a race. I don’t think it actually helps me run any better, but treating myself to one on Friday makes me happy.
I definitely needed the happiness, because my mom called me to tell me that my Aunt Nell passed away that night. I really looked up to my Aunt Nell and wrote about how she was a strong, powerful lady and role model here. She was in her 90s and had been declining for a few months, so I wasn’t shocked, but it’s still tough when it actually happens.
I’m not sure what or when the arrangements are yet, but I guess I’ll be making the hour-long drive home sometime next week to see the family (not under the best circumstances, unfortunately).
Saturday morning, I got up at 6:30 to run the Armed Forces 5K, which is a new race in town. I had two goals for the race, and the main one was being there early (only takes nearly missing a race once to keep you on your toes about being on time) and to beat what I ran two weeks ago when the race director hosted a timed practice run to test the course.
With that said, if you’re a recreational runner, the only people who care about your time in a race are you and the timing guy- and he only cares that it’s right, not what it is :). So don’t be so diehard on a finish time like me!
I got to the race at 8:20ish and hung out with some rockstar runners from Fitness World and chatted with a few track club friends and kids. It was super cheap (only $10- so a lot of people showed up), and for the track club kids, it was a good tune-up before the Mt. Pleasant meet next weekend. I hugged my friends at the start and wished them good luck, and I put everything that’s happened lately out of my head. When I lace up my running shoes- it’s ON, and anything else going on in my life is on hold until my run’s over.
The race kicked off with group of veterans who were travelling to Washington, DC by motorcycle, and everyone turned and watched them before the horn sounded. Actually, this was so no-frills, I think the race director just said “Go!”- looking back, I don’t remember a horn.
With beaming sun and little shade, it was a tough run for paved race in South Carolina in May. I already knew the course, so I had that advantage, and part of it was an out and back, so you could see who was ahead and behind you and cheer them on (or give dirty looks, whichever you prefer as a runner). The first two miles were fast, but I felt myself losing gas on the third mile. Maybe my sugar high from the cupcake had worn off, but my tummy started hurting.
A ton of kids were there, and one sweet little girl (who’s not a track club kid) asked me to run with her and I had to tell her (in my “Coach Amy” voice) that when you race, you don’t run with anyone- you push yourself for your best time. I kept up with my little buddy Alec for most of the last mile until another girl passed us both. After she passed me, all I could think about was how much I wanted Alec to stay ahead of her!
Crossing the finish right after him was neat though- we headed to the bouncy slide afterwards to work off more energy! The fellowship and bouncy slide definitely made up for the three sweat-fest miles, but I finished in 25:22. Not my best or worst, but not horrible, considering the heat and lack of shade. I hung out with my rockstar running friends Shayna, Emily, Stephanie, and other people, and we got some yummy fruits and refreshments and took pics :).
The sweetest moment of the morning was when the last walker finished. She was an 83-year-old lady who finished in just over an hour, and the race director told everyone she was coming, so we stood along the path to watch her walk toward the finish. Well, the last lady shook hands and thanked every Veteran (and other runners) who’d gathered near the finish to cheer her on. When you’re 83, you’ve earned the right to a big applause and can take as long as you want on the course to get your money’s worth.
She made her way toward the timing table, and instead of just walking through the finish line, stopped to look at the laptops, monitors, and timing equipment- the race director had to tell her to actually cross the chalk line to “finish”. She was such a sweet lady too (and yes, I went up to her after the awards ceremony and congratulated and hugged her). Coolest race finish ever :).
For a race that only cost $10-12, it was very well organized and marked. It was pretty frills-free; the awards were patches that Veterans had worn in service and ribbons, and the t-shirts weren’t too bad for the low entry fee (of course it was cotton, but it has three colors). All of the money funds the Veteran’s Park, too. Definitely a fun way to kick off the weekend, especially with Armed Forces Day next Saturday and Memorial Day later this month.
I got home at 11ish and cleaned up, then went to the gym to foam roll (I really should purchase a foam roller, but I already pay so much for the gym that I go there to use it…) and to Sonic for a half priced happy hour soda. You can get cool combinations of soda/drinks for half price from 2-4 PM there, and my track friend Caitlyn recommended the Cherry Pineapple Coke Zero, which was the perfect
reward after my cruel and unusual foam roller punishment treat for a hot day.
That night, we had dinner at Rebel Pie (thanks Flossip for the shoutout– you made me crave pizza!) and Clay went to bed early since he spent the day playing a game with a bunch of guy friends. So, I spent the night catching up on blog reading and writing and cleaning around the house (ahh, married girl Saturday nights).
Q1.) What kinds of sodas or flavored drinks do you like? I’m not really a big soda drinker, but I like the Sonic drinks (I usually get a diet vanilla coke or diet cherry limeade) and the occasional Diet Mountain Dew. I’ve been craving the cold drinks lately because of the heat and being outside.
Q2.) What’s your favorite salad topping? I love fruit on my salad, like strawberries or cranberry raisins/craisins. Raspberry vinaigrette is tasty too.
Q3.) Maybe I’m a little OCD, but do you have any weird little traditions or superstitions? Am I the only one? Of course, I do the cupcake thing, but I also have a tradition of checking my bank account after Thursday night track practices because my money’s in my account (and yes, it’s the first thing when I get home, even before I shower). I’m a weirdo!
Q4.) How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? I think we’re all going out to eat…