What a great weekend!
We started off the long weekend on Wednesday driving over to Jennie’s family. Jennie and I arrived on the East Side of the state on Wednesday just in time for the annual Pre-Thanksgiving Buddy’s Pizza dinner. Best. Pizza. Ever.
I may or may not be guilty of torturing Jon with pictures of the pizza during dinner. It really doesn’t sound like something I would do.
I managed to put away 6 pieces which is 3/4 of a large 8-square pizza. Don’t worry, I had a helping or two of salad as well to balance it out. I probably should have stopped at 5 pieces, or maybe even 4, but I couldn’t help myself.
We started out Thanksgiving Day with an Anti-Turkey Trot race. Why an “Anti” Turkey Trot? Well, mainly because the big Turkey Trot race in downtown Detroit is absolutely crazy. They had over 20,000 runners this year and it cost $40. So, a small running club north of Detroit started their own Anti-Turkey Trot for people who wanted to run, but wanted to avoid the crowds for a mere $15. The race was at Lifetime Fitness and as soon as we showed up, we could tell it was going to be a casual event. The maps for the courses were labeled “5k-ish” (turned out to be 3.4 miles) and “10k-ish” (turned out to be 6.35 miles). On top of that, they were recording peoples addresses to mail them gloves (instead of t-shirts) because they ran out. They expected around 40 people and ended up with over 150. We opted for a water bottle instead of gloves instead.
We did our best to try to stay warm at the starting line. It was a brisk 40* or so with a slight breeze. Note the guy on far right side of the picture not wearing a shirt. Take note of that Texas. I probably could have used a hat and gloves, but I survived.
When I ran past the water station the volunteers were still photographing some of the 5k walkers. I guess they say me at the last minute and snapped this shot after I passed.
My brother-in-law Brad ran his first ever 5k. He ran XC in middle school though so was a seasoned veteran in that sense. He raced 2 miles in middle school and he was consistently at the front of the pack and even won a few races. He ended up placing 4th overall in the 5k! He smoked it! 22:40 for 3.4 miles.
Jennie had an awesome race as you can tell by the huge smile on her face as she sprinted to the finish line. Read all about her race on her blog.
Unfortunately there are no pictures of me finishing. I ended up placing first overall (out of 49 10k runners) and had an awesome race. My official time was 41:02 for 6.35 miles. I was using this race as a time trial to see how close I was to my McMillian 10k time based on my necessary BQ time. Based on a 3:05 marathon, that should put me at a 39:25 10k. I ended up crossing the 10k mark at 40 minutes flat. So, I was a little off the 39:25 time, but there were a couple section of this course on grass/dirty/rocks that were less than ideal, so I feel like I am right where I need to be.
After the run, it was time to get cleaned up and ready for the big Thanksgiving Day feast. There ended up being 18 people crowded around the table for all the traditional holiday fare.
After all the food, it was nap time (obviously). I awoke just in time to catch the Ice Age Christmas Special.
We headed back home on Friday with lots on the schedule. The weather was absolutely gorgeous out – upper 50’s and sunny. The first task on the schedule was get some of the outdoor Christmas decorations up. It was semi-successful. For some reason, nearly half of the strands of lights that were perfectly good at the end of the year last year didn’t work this year. I messed with them for a bit trying to find the problem bulbs but didn’t have any luck.
So, to take advantage of the great weather, Jennie and I headed out on a long 12 mile run with her on the bike. It was amazing to be able to run in shorts and short sleeves at the end of November. My legs were surprisingly fresh after Thursday’s 10k – at least at the beginning of the run. The final 2-3 miles started to hurt a bit, but it went better than expected.
After the run, it was time to get ready for my 10 year high school reunion. We didn’t have a 5 year reunion and morbid curiosity got the best of me. Out of a graduating class of about 250, I have kept in touch with 4 people from my class. And ironically, 3 of 4, I became better friends with in college and via running/triathlon. So yeah, I really didn’t know what to expect out of it. We went out to dinner with my friend Matt (of Ironman Wisconsin spectating fame) and his wife before heading downtown for the reunion. Let’s just say it was interesting. I’m glad we went, but can’t say that I’m looking forward to the next one. Some things never really change.
How was your Thanksgiving? Did anyone brave the Black Friday madness?
|Total Time:||41:02 (40:00 at 10k)|
|Distance:||10k-ish (6.35 miles)|
|Age Group Place:||1/?|
|Run Pace:||6:28 min/mile|