Wednesday night, we headed down to Joplin. We stayed at Jason's Nana's house as she was out of town visiting some other relatives. Sleeping in the big king size bed was so nice even though Emmeline ended up sleeping with us and she is a huge bed hog. We woke up Thursday morning (bright and early) to find her in the middle of the bed and Jason and I scooted over to one side. We got up and got ready for our Turkey Trot 5K and headed out to downtown Joplin where the race was being held. The downtown area was not hit by the tornado last year, in case you were wondering.
|Love, love, love my new REI pants|
|Tron shoes, anyone?|
There were quite a few people there, it turned out to be a great event. There was a 5K and then a 1 mile fun run/walk. Jason and I lined up at the back of the pack as we were not trying to break any records there. I started off at a good even pace, pretty slow, but I knew that I would just wear myself out if I went any faster. I did not run the full race as I had wanted to, but that was okay. I ran as much as I felt I could. After the halfway point, I was keeping pace with a couple of other women and we were alternately running and walking. As I was behind one of them, it struck me how similar she was to my mom in build and hair color when my mom was younger. This, of course, made me start crying when I thought of how proud I was of myself for doing this and how proud I felt she would be of me. This gave me the push to keep going and as I rounded the last corner I started running again and didn't stop until the finish. I have not received my "official" time yet, but I believe it was at 42 minutes. PR! Definitely a better pace than my first 5K.
|Bad picture of all the people in front of me|
Friday morning we met Jason's dad and siblings for breakfast at IHOP and even though I wanted pancakes, I stuck with an omelet (go me). This is the first major holiday since his parents divorce was finalized that we were there for and it was quiet, but still nice to see everyone.
I did not participate in any Black Friday madness as that scene is just not for me. Cyber Monday is much more my style. Now, if that winning lottery ticket would land in my lap, I would be all set.