Every year I decide that next year I am going to be more prepared for the holiday season so that when it comes I will be completely on top of things. I just got my Christmas decorations up this week except our tree and Aly keeps informing me on a daily basis that Santa is not going to leave us any presents because he does not have a tree to leave them under. I have decided I am just one of those people that will always be a few weeks behind on my to do list so this post is a little overdue, but better late than never....at least I hope so.
Here is an update of happenings over the last few weeks. Thanksgiving was nice, it was great to have my sisters Jenice and Natalee in town. We did the local Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot again this year. I have decided that this is probably a good tradition for me so that I can at least attempt to burn off about 1/4 of the calories I consume on Thanksgiving day.
It was Andrew's first time participating in any kind of running race and I was so proud of him. I had to laugh when he said that he was one of the last finishers in his age group because anyone else that is as fat as me is smart enough just to stay home on the couch. Maybe thats true, but everyone starts somewhere. So good job Foote! As for me 5k races have become more and more frustrating because I really want to be able to run them faster than in the past and it just seems like I can't quite keep the pace I want oh well...
Aly ran the Turkey Trot kids run and Brooklyn decided about 5 minutes before the start of the race that she wasn't going to do any running at all unless someone carried her. So Aly's run went a little like this - she ran about half way and than wanted to walk. I told her she is not allowed to walk a race so she ran until about ten yards from the finish line and just stopped and started yelling "I need to go to the bathroom." I tried to tell her that there were no bathrooms close so she just needed to finish the race and than we could go find one. She refused to run and kept saying, but mom I need to pee really bad. Of course by this time we are so close to the finish line that all the spectators and parents are laughing at me trying to convince my four year old to finish the last twenty feet of the race. We finally suceeded in crossing the finish line. She was thrilled to receive her ribbon.
The first weekend of December my friend Molly and I braved the 19 degree weather and did a half marathon in Pueblo Colorado. I have decided that cold races are so much better than hot ones. We both set new personal record times for our halfs. Which really wasn't that hard for me considering I have only run one other half marathon, but I think I set the bar pretty high for myself for next years races.
The last couple weeks have also been filled with the usual Christmas parties and Christmas festivities. Which have all been great fun. Not to mention shopping and all the craziness that is part of preparing for Christmas.