Do you see how that neighborhood is called "Brainerd Hills"? Well it didn't fail to live up to its name. That's about half of the almost five miles, and I assure you that the rest was just as hilly. When we got there, we found the cutest costumes. Although we snuck a few photos, none of them did the trick. Finally I just went up and asked if I could take their picture, and they didn't mind at all. I wasn't the only one! How fun is this homemade turkey?! He wins the prize!
I was so excited to have my sister and Tim there as well as my dad, who has never been to one of my races! They also ended up being like photographers on the course! They snapped some great shots.
I ran this same race last year in 44:48, and my time yesterday was 42:21, so it was a PR by quite a bit. Last year I was having IT band problems, and this year I'm in peak week of marathon training, so it's all relative I guess. But a PR is a shiny new PR nonetheless. I'll set that one up on the shelf and enjoy it.
My goal had been to run it at around an 8:30 per mile, and my watch showed 8:27/mile for 5.01 miles (an 8k is such an odd distance that I can't even tell you what the race distance was supposed to be). I count it as a success, and the shirt was pretty cute, long sleeved, and not white. I wear the one from last year a lot, so I'm sure I'll be wearing this one a lot too.
Although that font does make it looks like it says turkey trut...
All these miles are adding up nicely for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge!
Afterwards we came home, my friend Blair came over for a little, and then it was time to eat! We had a house full, but it's always so much fun. I didn't take many pictures during Thanksgiving, but my family all remembered we needed to take a few after people had left.
After we put our comfy clothes on my sister insisted on playing a board game. It was the last thing on my list of things I wanted to do. I wanted to sit on the couch and relax. We all finally agreed to play "apples to apples". Have you played before? That game is so much fun. I was the one who didn't want to play, and then I was the one begging to play again after the first game. It got intense!
It has been so nice to be home and spend time with family. We're all enjoying our time together relaxing, eating, and catching up.
Today is a running off day, but I'm going to put in one mile on the treadmill to start off the Runner's World running streak. The whole plan is to run at least one mile every day between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day. It's a pretty big goal, but I think I'm up for it. Today's run will be slow, as I've got 18 to do tomorrow all around downtown Chattanooga.
Between that and watching all the rivalry football games, Saturday is going to be a big day!
What are you up to this weekend? How many miles on tap?