|Early Misty Morning|
|Cold, Blurry, Rainy...|
|The Floundering Mob Rushed by...|
|And ran with reckless abandon!|
Got that? Now add about 3000 to that number and that was the race. Cheryl noted that 5K-ers seem to be unprofessional motley crew of people who push and shove their way to the front and trip each other as they rocket out of the start...only to fizzle out after barely 1 mile. If you manage to not get trampled at the start line, there is a very good chance the longer distance runners will pass them after they collapse in the middle.
|And showing off the shirt.|
|Cheryl pinning on the Bib.|
|Then texting the Fam for Batteries!|
|The Family arrives to save the day...With batteries in hand.|
|The Race Route. Along the River|
|Let's get the race Started!|
|Cheryl comes into the Arena|
|And crosses the finish.|
|Let's see the results!|
|Third place! Good enough for a medal!|
|Cheryl and Julie pose with the Turkey|
|Retaken Picture. The Turkey blinked!|
The rest is all normal stuff. Meet the family; Eat too much food; Catch up and talk about our problems/ lives. Nothing special.
So that is all! Mission successful! Cheryl's goal was to run slower and not get hurt. She was not even trying for a medal this year...but managed to get one! Yeah! And we got the visit the family while we were here. Two Birds...One stone! Now we get to ride back home and repeat the process again for Saturday.
Well, the running part anyway. Not the family visitation. Cheryl has a "After Turkey Day Half Marathon" in Des Moines this coming weekend. With a little luck, the weather will clear up, our travel lag will improve, and the racers will not be a disorganized mob of kids. I know this may make us ( or just me) sound like a "Running Snob". But last year, Cheryl hurt herself trying to run with those loose cannons. And that injury took her out for almost 6 months! Best to leave those 5 k races for the beginners and let them learn the ropes...
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving today. And hopefully you did not eat too much to keep you up at night....or feel regretful in the morning when you gain the 5 lbs back that you worked so hard to lose before today. But then again...What are holidays all about? Have a good one!