4th of July 2012

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”.

You won't be able to miss me while I run the Surf City 5K tomorrow. Red @runteamsparkle skirt, Blue @UnderArmour tank, Black @lululemon Run: Shorty Shorts, White knee highs, @Saucony Kinvara 3's with blue pom poms, and a white @lululemon headband. Hopeful

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.

Surf City 5K 2012

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.

Surf City 5K 2012

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 running this morning, I had some banana and strawberry pancakes at The IHOP. I deserved them after kid and his whining drama during his race.

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”.

Happy 4th of July!!! My HOA puts on a rad fireworks show. Got my monthly dues worth. We also crashed @cupcakescutlery cul-de-sac party! #Amerikuh

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.

Mama’s Losin’ It

12 comments
Carrie Wolfe
Carrie Wolfe

Hey, Cuz, your pictures of you and Angry Kid before your race was so cute. Miss you. Hope to see you before too long, Carrie

danica
danica

GAH! Poor AK :( Alas, great job to you! You are look fabulous and glad to hear you had a great race and improved your time. Maybe AK will have a good race at LB this year :)

Nikki
Nikki

Poor Angry Kid. It seems like my kids always get hurt when they are having fun. I scraped my knee the other day, and it hurt bad. I then flet like a lame Mom for always telling my kids to just shake it off. Hope all is well now.

Brianna
Brianna

Congratulations on your great run! I'm a wanna' be runner, and am always so impressed with people (like you) who actually do run. :) (I kind of walk and run and sometimes call it a run.) Oh, and, I love the outfit!

June Summers
June Summers

Can't wait to see the rest of the photos. I am glad you had a lot of fun in celebrating the independence day.

Heather@KeepCalmAndLoveOn
Heather@KeepCalmAndLoveOn

I'm trying to get into 5k's...running isn't my favorite thing, but it's a mostly-free way to work out so I'm trying it. Realizing that I can still wear fun, sparkly outfits helps me out a bit. ;) Very cool!

Dionne
Dionne

I enjoyed your story of your 4th of July and all of the pictures. I feel a bit exhausted myself and I have the summer off! What is wrong with that picture? Maybe cuz I am 38 with a 2 and 4 year old? Hope you get some rest and great job on your race. The outtfit rocked!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Yes, my kid is accident prone. Hopefully he will survive the LB Kid's run...

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

He is a super klutz. He whined about the knee all week long. He has some minor scrapes and scabs now. You would think that he had surgery on it, the way his whines. I told him to shake it off and keep going. My husband told him that he better run to the finish.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

I am still a wanna-be runner, believe me. I just try to make the time to go out and run. Best part, it is free. Thanks for the compliment on the outfit.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Seriously, themed 5K runs are awesome. Sparkle skirts make it even better. A 5K also known as 3.1 miles is a good distance to get your fitness on!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Thanks so much!!! I'm always exhausted too, working full-time and a 7-year old zaps my energy!

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