Happy 4th of July! I am so wiped out from a crazy day packed-full of activity! It all started at 5 a.m…
Yes, 5 a.m. is a ridiculous time to get up in the morning, especially on a holiday. But these are the insane decisions we runners make weeks in advance, when we’re looking for that “race high” we so desperately need.
But at 5 this morning, I didn’t really need it. Too bad.
I had applesauce and Honey Nut Chex for breakfast.
We decided on the O’Fallon Firecracker 5K/10K. The race started at the ungodly hour of 7 a.m. because the O’Fallon 4th of July parade started at 9:30.
The race was big: 772 participants running the 5K. After the National Anthem was sung, we were off! And let me tell you it was no picnic…
My first mile was my fastest at under 7:45, but I slowed considerably after that. I just couldn’t keep it going! My legs felt like lead, likely because I spent 3 hours yesterday afternoon grocery shopping and then 2 hours prepping for our 4th of July meal. Oops. My pace slowed to 8:45 min/miles for the second and third miles.
The course was hilly and the kicker was in the last half-mile: a hill out-and-back to add distance to the course. The annoying part was that the race was 3.2 miles according to my watch, meaning they could have cut that last hill shorter!
I still managed to finish 5th in my age group! There were 63 entries in the 20-29 age group, and if I had been in a 20-24 group (like my last race) I would have been 3rd. Not too shabby! All in all I’d say it was a hard effort and I gave what I had on this day. That’s all I can ask for!
My mom finished 18th in her age group out of 103 entries with a time of 29:58. Both of us were happy with our finishes!
After the race, we headed home and stopped for donuts! My favorite local donut place. I got three donuts:
I had time to shower and rest just a bit before we headed to the Bridgeton 4th of July Parade.
The band came by early this year! Ryan was looking so cool:
And this awesome guy on a pogo stick:
I made three salads:
And I also mixed up some fresh guacamole! So good!
I made this Caramelized Grape Pie from Alton Brown. It sounds super weird but it was actually amazing. Just try it.
The day was pretty great all around, but I’m totally exhausted! Tonight I think I’m going to opt out of fireworks in favor of another all-American classic: baseball! The Cardinals have been in LA the last two nights and I haven’t been able to finish a game, so I’m determined to watch most if not all of tonight’s game.
Happy 4th of July!