For the past several years, I’ve ran the Surf City 5K on the 4th of July. I usually do it with my friend, Monique. I also signed up Angry Kid for the kid’s race. I’m all about the theme and I went all out this year with my “running costume”.
I figured that you wouldn’t be able to miss me while I run wearing my red Team Sparkle skirt, Blue UnderArmour tank, Black Lululemon Run: Shorty Short under my Team Sparkle Skirt, White knee highs from Target, Saucony Kinvara 3′s with blue pom poms (handmade by me), and a white Lululemon headband.
We got up at the crack of dawn, 6am, and made our way to Huntington Beach. You have to get there early because they close down certain streets, and it can get very tough to find a parking spot. Finding a spot for a Chevy Tahoe is a bit of a task. But we made it there, and found parking.
I had Angry Husband take a picture of Angry Kid and I before my race started. It was early and we were both tired.
I placed myself into the middle of the pack at the starting line of the race. Because as the announcer stated, “You only want to be up at the very front if you are wearing very bright shoes and run a 5-minute mile”. I may have the bright shoes but my mile pace is a little more than double that. My blogging friend, Jenn, sent me this picture that her husband took of me. I tried to look for her while I was running but I never saw her. Total bummer.
That was the “thank god, I’m almost done” face. I was almost finished. Surprisingly, I wasn’t all red. I usually turn bright red when running. Oh, and I had a total Garmin FAIL while running. I went to hit “start” when I crossed the start line, and my Garmin battery went dead. Sigh!!! I like to use it to check my pace while running. I kept hitting refresh on the run’s website to check my final time for the race. My final time ended up being 34:11, much better than last year’s race which was 40:42.
As for Angry Kid’s race, well that is a story in itself…
All of the kids lined up in front of the starting line to get ready for the one mile run. The announcer told the parents to step back a little to make room for the little kids. Because of the crowd, I went on the other side of the start line to run along with Angry Kid when he comes through. Well several kids came through and I did not see Angry Kid. I walked back to the starting line and saw Angry Kid over to the side crying with race officials helping him out.
It turns out that while Angry Kid was running, he tripped or was somehow tripped and ended falling and hitting his head. I’m still not sure what exactly happened. He finally calmed down and the race announcer, Rudy, told him (Angry Kid) that he could push the button to blow the bullhorn on the start of the kid’s 1/2 mile race.
Well, the kid pushed the button for the 1/2 mile race, and then he started running the race. And he tripped again. I think the crowd overwhelmed him causing him to trip. He took down a woman and her daughter when he went down. It was bad. After he got up, he had two bloody torn-up knees. Somehow Monique and I got him to walk the rest of the race, and then run a little at the end to get his medal. Angry Kid is fine now. He got some antiseptic spray and some bandaids. I needed a cocktail after all of that drama!
And because we had all of that kid race-drama, I declared outloud, “Where are we going for breakfast?” We picked the first place we saw on the way home, iHOP. I got this strawberry-banana pancake goodness. It was good, like real good.
After breakfast, my family went home and relaxed for a bit. We are still trying to organize everything after our camping trip. Our garage is chaos. We got caught up on the Olympic Trials, and maybe even napped a little.
We had some chicken for dinner, and walked out to a corner of our neighborhood to view the fireworks that our HOA puts on. I advised Angry Husband that my friend, Sharon, had a big group of people out in her cul-de-sac to view the fireworks. We live in the same HOA, and so we walked a few blocks to her house. Angry Husband was impressed with the direct view that she had.
I am still not done editing photos from Yosemite. So I did not bring my DSLR to photograph fireworks. Plus, I’m always so critical of my firework photos. I used my iPhone to take pictures. I think they turned out “good enough”.
This Holiday in the middle of the week thing was weird this year. I’m still exhausted from all of it, are you? I need another day off.