I hope all you had a wonderful 4th of July. Actually, I guess everyone had a July 4th, even if it wasn’t a national holiday My 4th of July Recap hits up all my favorite things: some fitness, some family and some yummy food!
I started out my day with our local 5K. And the shirt with the biggest image ever!
This was my second time running this race. Last year, I ran with Dancing Girl. It was a hot day and therefore a challenging time. Yesterday was a different story. It was almost cold.
The race goes along the beach (my favorite running route) and is an out and back. This year, I ran with my new 12 year old running buddy (Dancing Girl’s friend). My goal for the race – based on my 10K time from last weekend – average a 10:10 pace or better.
After the usual pre-race activities, we were lined up and ready to go. I love the local races, it’s so fun to see crowds of people that we know. I especially love all the parents out with their kids.
We started the race smartly and didn’t do too much weaving. I looked down at my watch after a short distance and it said 9:50! We stuck with that.
After the first mile, I encouraged my running buddy to go ahead. But, she chose to stick with me. Mile 1 in 9:59!
As we were hitting the turn around, my buddy saw a few kids ahead of us that she knew. I encouraged her again to go ahead. And she did. She ended up finishing in 29 minutes and change. She did amazing!
After the turnaround, the road sloped up for a while. I was doing my best to maintain my pace, but it was hard. Mile 2 in 9:45 (since most of it was down that hill)
Back along the flat stretch, I was getting tired. I kept telling myself it was almost over and trying to talk myself in to mentally starting over. Just think of this as a short sprint that you are just starting. I decided to take a short walk break. I think it was about 40 seconds. That was really helpful. I picked back up. Only to give myself a 30 second walk break a little while later. Mile 3 in 10:08.
Finish: 31:04! That’s 2:03 faster than my last 5K! But, I only ran 3.13 miles… how does that happen?
I tried not to kick myself for walking and thinking I could have broken the 31 min mark if I hadn’t. But, I probably wouldn’t have been able to maintain the pace if I hadn’t walked, so there’s that.
Anyway, I was super proud of myself. A 2 minute improvement in 11 months is something I’m very happy with! Yay!
Not as consistent as my 10K, but I think I’m understanding how the 5K is a totally different creature.
We hung around the race for a while as my running buddy crazily decided she also wanted to run the kids’ dash. I had brought some Nuun along to drink and did a lot of walking around while we waited.
When the race results were posted – my name wasn’t there. I tracked down the problem (my time was recorded, I was just nameless), and they reprinted the results (I wasn’t the only one). It turns out I was 46/163. The winner in my age group finished in 20:41. Wow!
It wasn’t until I sat down in the car that I realized how exhausted my legs were. My quads were wiped out. It felt good to know that I had pushed myself pretty hard.
When I got home, it was time to get ready for the rest of the day’s activities. I had some cooking to do. We were spending the afternoon with the friends that we celebrate the 4th with every year.
At our friends’ house, the kids enjoyed a lot of pool time.
Their dog enjoyed running around while the kids were in the pool. She did go in for a while, too.
MMT was grill master and cooked up some awesome Carne Asada and we roasted corn in the husks. First time I’d had that in a homemade setting and it was amazing!
Dinner was excellent!
Our 4th of July celebrations always include roasting marshmallows and having S’mores.
Ever had a S’mores with a Reese’s PB cup? No? It may have been the best S’mores I’ve EVER had. You must try it!
Even my super picky eater decided it was time to learn to enjoy S’mores.
This year, we decided not to venture out to the local fireworks displays. (in our area, it’s illegal to have fireworks at home – although that doesn’t stop a lot of people – there are enough surrounding cities that sell them). So, we stood high in our friends’ back yard to watch the fireworks around the LA basin. You can’t really tell from the pictures, but it was actually pretty fun to see the fireworks all over the place. This went on for hours.
Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you had a great one. Did you see fireworks? Run a race? What was your favorite part of your day?
I'm Carrie, a married mom of two in Southern CA. I made my health a priority a few years ago and am passionate about nutrition and fitness. I blog about running, food and my life and all of the ups and downs that all brings. Thanks for following my journey. Contact me: carrie [at] familyfitnessfood [dot] com
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