Monday, November 28, 2011

Turkey Trot 5K/Muppet Movie Recap

Thanksgiving, as usual, was fun - it's always great to spend time with the kids (although I guess they are adults at this point) - they make me laugh like nothing else!

We woke up early Thursday morning...whose bright idea was it to sign us up for a Turkey Trot?  Oh.  Sorry 'bout that, kids.  Sleep in on your vacation?  Hah!  Anyway, we were dressed and ready by 7:00 am - the race participants had more than doubled from last year and there were over 1,000 people signed up, so we got there a little early in order to avoid parking problems.  Side note:  can I just say how amazing it is that this race, in its second year, had grown so much?  Love that fitness is taking a more prominent role in everyday life.

So the race was fun - Max and Jeff ran it, although not really together (more on speedy Jeff later).  Sam and I walked it, although not really together - I saw his back for most of it...dude, I was walking an average of a 17 minute mile...on a not-quite-rehabbed ankle...slow down for your mother!  But he kept wanting to pass other walkers and "not be last" - apparently Sam has no idea that I'm used to being last, or close to it, in these things!  My plan was to run the last tenth of a mile of the 5K, to test out my ankle.  And you must be wondering how that went.  Well.  I made it three steps.  Hurt like a @#$%.  Instantly.  Hammers beating on my ankle the second I landed the first running step.  Which, as you might imagine, was extremely disappointing.  I had hoped that I was close to being able to run, but based on how much it hurt, I suspect it's still pretty far away.  Not happy about that - I go back to my doctor on Wednesday, and I'll confer with him, but I'm sure I'll get the "wait x number of weeks" speech.  Boo on that.

Running disappointment aside, it was really nice to meet up with so many of my running friends that morning...I saw my former trainer, Linda, and her son, who I ran part of the Armadillo Dash with in 2010.  I also caught up with Julia, my running club buddy who trained with me for the half last year, and is going to run her first marathon in a couple of weeks (so excited for her).  Fun times - love the running community's camaraderie.  Pictures:
Thanksgiving morning, 7:30 am.  Why stay home and watch a parade on TV when you can be outdoors, pre-burning your big meal?
Annual shoe picture...by the way, this greatly embarrasses my family to pose for it, but too bad - they will be happy, happy I tells ya, to have that picture when we're all old and gray (well, grayer for some of us), sitting in rocking chairs and reminiscing about the good old days!
Julia and me!  I'm so proud of her, not only with how much she's running, but that she's wearing a purple hat, sunglasses, shirt and running shoes...my matchy-match influence has rubbed off!
 Some of my running club peeps - our new shirts make it easy to spot each other!
 Jeff explaining his race strategy?  The ladies look skeptical.
Will and Julia - ready to run!
Look what I have to live with...a speed demon.  Jeff set a new PR with this race - average pace 8:47???  Crikey.  Someone needs to remind him that it's NOT a race!  Oh wait.  He was ridiculously proud to place 10th in his age division.  I can't believe he's been running less than a year - pretty amazing, when you think about it.  

Participating in this race made me miss running even more.  I am trying to not be frustrated at how!freaking!long! it's taking me to get over this ankle injury, but it's not easy.

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After we finished the race, we went home, ate breakfast, and then went to see the new Muppet movie.  Y'all, I was smiling from the opening to the very end - I loved it.  If you liked the Muppet Show from way back when (read:  mid 1970s), you'll love this movie.  I thought it was pretty telling that almost all of the audience was adults - I think a lot of us were getting a nostalgia fix with this movie.  I highly recommend it, if you're a Muppet fan.  And now I want a Kermit the Frog watch.
 Too bad I was busy having a baby in 1987 instead of buying a cool Kermit watch!

20 comments:

  1. What a great Thanksgiving day you've had. Congrats to speedy gonzales a.k.a. Jeff the great husband.

    But I'm sorry to hear that running hurted so much for you. All I want for you is to get back at running as soon as possible, this is taking way to long to heal.

    I love the shoe picture, I think it's original and fun. And the shirts are great too.

    I used to like the Muppet Show, especially the 2 grumpy old men.

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  2. we loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooved the muppet movie.
    I wanna go back.
    sans child so I dont need to go to the bathroom 3 times during the film :)

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  3. how awesome that you guys did the trot as a family!!! that is my goal for next year!

    i am psyched to hear such good reviews about the muppet movie -- i am a HUGE fan of the show & so happy the movie did it justice!!

    loveeeeeee the shoe pic!!!

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  4. I completely understand why you would be frustrated by not being able to run, but I love how you still have your running buddies and routines in place, just waiting for your eventual return. Your patience will be rewarded, my friend!

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  5. Some people are built for speed. Others, like you and moi are built for comfort. Jeff did what Mr. Helen did to me last year... left me in the dust at his non-race turkey trot!

    How cool that you all participated as a family and I'm proud of you for walking it when I know you really wanted to run.

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  6. The last line of this post totally made me laugh! :)

    Good for you guys for starting off Thanksgiving with some activity :)

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  7. what a great way to spend thanksgiving! You will run it soon Shelley I just know it!
    And the muppets are out? no way! Gotta take my kids (they will be my excuse!) ;-)

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  8. Fun Fun Post!!! Except for the ankle part :(

    I really love when I see pics of your racing club and they are all different shapes and sizes.

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  9. Wow, Jeff is a speed demon! Go Jeff!

    Now that I think about it, I would say the our Muppet Movie audience was about 75% adults to 25% kids!

    And yes, I was singing "rainbow connection" under my breath!

    I may need to get the sound track!

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  10. Wow, Jeff is a speed demon! Go Jeff!

    Now that I think about it, I would say the our Muppet Movie audience was about 75% adults to 25% kids!

    And yes, I was singing "rainbow connection" under my breath!

    I may need to get the sound track!

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  11. How great your entire family got the Trots! How crummy your ankle is doing its own thing healing :-( I can empathize with you, not about running, but about surgical recovery delaying return to exercise level. It is a psychological bummer as much as a physical one.

    Thanks for the Muppet Movie recommendation. I ♥ the Muppets. HIIII YAHHHH! (But I'm more like the old farts in the balcony now than I am Miss Piggy.)

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  12. How fun!! I went and watched our Thanksgiving half marathon finishers and was so inspired. You never know...maybe next year...especially since my neighbor is now a running coach :) Hope you get to run again soon but take care of yourself in the mean time!

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  13. How neat that your family did this all together! Yay for family fitness!

    I am really sorry about the ankle though, but do not get impatient! You are standing on it a lot now with your job, so keep that in mind.

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  14. Oh that just seemed like such an awesome time! Well done for completing the race! Sorry about your ankle though, hope it gets better soon!

    Also, may I be so bold as to say your sons are very good looking? ;)

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  15. Loved the movie.
    Have lots of shoe pix.
    Jeff is not right....he shouldn't run faster than you can walk.
    Glad you had so much fun.

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  16. Oof...so sorry about the ankle...I hope it didn't set ya back. Proud of you for getting out for the trot, though.

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  17. Glad you enjoyed your holiday. Sorry the ankle still hurts so much. Time heals all, right? I can't wait to see the Muppet movie. Nostalgia is right!

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  18. First- congrats on the Turkey Trot! I'm working on getting myself to run (I'll do anything but run, but I want to like to do it... weird, right?)

    Second- I can't wait to see the Muppets, and since your audience was generally adults, my inhibitions are gone and I'm free to enjoy my childhood over again :)

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  19. ugh. I'm sorry you are in pain. :(
    And I can't wait to see the Muppets movie!

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