Holy smokes friends. What was probably one heck of a silly idea a couple of days ago actually turned out to be pretty darn fun this morning. What do you know? Third time is a charm I guess. Yeah, that’s right, this is the third time the boys and I have run this particular half marathon together. We’ve even gotten a little bit faster each time.
Last year we ran this exact same race for a very special cause. I still get choked up thinking about it and it will always have a special place in my heart. If you want to read that recap and about our amazing friend Amelia here it is.
This year we ran it just for fun.
Okay, so last night I had my usual pre race meal. Some kind of homemade cheese less whole wheat pizza and roasted kale salad.
Going for three sliced jalapeños instead of just two in the mix was not the best decision, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. I just don’t learn.
You all pulled through for me by the way and I went with purple.
This morning I still didn’t know for sure if I was going to run with the stroller or not. We had a really rough night around here. I’m talking rough. We were up every hour, the boys were crying in their big boy beds, no one wanted to sleep, everyone needed more water and had to go pee pee every 30 minutes or so, etc.
It wasn’t pretty. This morning wasn’t either actually as we were all still a bit grumpy.
Nothing a little coffee, some breakfast and a morning greeting from Kitty couldn’t fix though.
And yes, I was in fact wearing my new Reebok jacket for the second day in a row. I love that thing.
The whole family was going to the race today. I was asked multiple times if I really wanted to take the stroller. I think someone was hoping I would finally cave and say no, but my answer was always the same- yes, just in case.
So we took it.
I’m more of an observer when it comes to that kind of stuff. I let the men do their thing and take pictures to annoy them.
The car ride was luxurious as usual.
We all made sure to fuel up with some bananas.
The race start was at Sunset Park in Coronado. I don’t know how he did it, but Papap found a cool little drop off spot super close to the starting line. He rocks. We unloaded the stroller and made our way.
Since we were running short on time, I braved the long port a potty line while Grandma D took the boys on the side of the road to use their travel potty. Heck yeah, I had that thing in the stroller and heck yeah, you do what you got to do.
We made it to the start line just in time to ditch the jacket and take one more picture.
How freaking excited did everyone look?
Some nice man let me sneak right in front of him at the start. That was so key. If I don’t start up front I tend to make a lot of people really unhappy when I say “excuse me” and then try to maneuver around them with the BOB.
We passed the family and Mom said the same exact thing she said to me last year when we ran by, “The sun is in their eyes.” Um, thank you?
Hey look, Andrew even managed to get a couple action shots of us.
Oh wait, the sun was really in their eyes at the start wasn’t it? I can assure you it wasn’t like that the entire race and they did both pull their shades down later.
Andrew wasn’t the only one getting some action shots.
That’s right, I took a few pictures on the course today.
We even had a nice running friend, Sonya take a picture for us.
All smiles at mile 1 you know.
The course was flat and fast, however it didn’t stop me from thinking that this was not the best idea right around here.
yeah, that’s right, mile 3 people. I was already hurting.
The run is a point to point from the park in Coronado along Silver Strand Beach to Imperial Beach. So the scenery is pretty and you’re along the water for pretty much the entire race.
Umm…. so unflattering. That ambulance may have been there just for me after seeing my face like this. Ha ha.
The last few miles are through a residential area in Imperial Beach
and then on the military base.
Watch out guy, we’re going to get you.
Joaquin did a really great job cheering others on. I lost count of how many times he said “Good job guy.” Funny stuff.
While Joaquin cheered people on, Judah started requesting that we go to Starbucks afterwards for some soy milk. My kind of guy.
Random things I did not appreciate on the course today:
A man with a mohawk singing at the top of his lungs while racing. Really? Come on.
The wind that we were running against from about mile 5 to mile 9 or so. Lame sauce.
The little hill at mile 10 that wasn’t that bad, but just not fun with the 100 plus pound stroller.
The fact that Joaquin told me he had to go “pee pee’ at mile 11. The guy refuses to tell me any other time, but today of all days he wanted to go. Since I’m going for the Mom of the Year award and all, I decided to speed up instead of stopping. Nice.
I don’t even want to get into the trouble Siri was giving me. She wouldn’t let me voice text Andrew to tell him when we’d be finishing. She was of no help. I was forced to make an actual phone call at mile 12 to tell him we’d be done in approximately 7 minutes.
His response, “We haven’t even gotten our breakfast yet.”
Well, pretty soon we were at mile 13. It actually seemed to go pretty fast, but I think that’s just because I’ve been running longer distances lately.
Oh man, it’s so fun when you can finally see that finish line.
What a guy, STUFT Daddy stepped away from breakfast for a few minutes to get some pictures for me.
Hey hey, we made it without any stops and we all got medals!
Thanks Andrew for catching the moment!
That’s a little small to read, but I got 10th place in my age group out of 244 and 184 overall out of 2855.
Official finish time- 1:37:42.
There really should be some sort of special thing to take into account the extra weight I was pushing, don’t you think? A 32 pound toddler, a 36 pound toddler and a 23 pound stroller. That’s a pretty big load.
Oh well. We had fun.
I’ll take it.
Wait, we’ll take it.
The really good thing about having the stroller at the finish line is being able to stock up on some goodies. They had muffins from Souplantation, juice boxes, Clif Luna Bars (you better believe I shoved at least 10 of those in the bottom of the stroller) and fruit.
And hey, we even found my friend Mark and his son Cameron who do the race every year together also. They inline skate and they’re awesome.
Since we had a little time to spare while everyone else finished their breakfast, we stopped at the Head North booth.
The boys were happy with the selection of snacks they were giving out
(well, kind of)
while I was happy to sign this pledge to put the phone down and not text while driving.
I think it’s a great pledge and I even got a cool shirt.
We finally made our way to find out where everyone was. We made sure to give everyone enough time to finish his or her Bloody Mary and breakfast though. Aren’t we nice.
Oh hey, nice seeing you. Must have been a rough 2 hours.
I wore out my welcome really quick by forcing everyone to take pictures.
we called it a day, or a morning rather.
Wouldn’t you know someone got all tangled in his medal
and someone else was too tired to walk to the car.
I was the observer once again with the whole stroller strapping thing.
You do not want to mess with that.
I tried out this new pair I just got with my argyles.
They changed them a bit and I feel like these really are the perfect fit. Not too long, not too short. I’m in love. Don’t mind Kitty’s backside in the picture. I guess he just loves them that much too.
I then ate an entire kabocha squash and a sweet potato. I cooked some egg whites in the squash with some spinach and chicken sausage on the side for my first course.
It was heaven.
I’m officially exhausted.
Another one in the books. Probably the last stroller race, which makes me a bit sad, so I’m going to drown my sorrows in some pizza and wine later this evening.
Oh, and is it National Sundae Day? I saw that somewhere. If it is, I need to know because we all better celebrate.
Happy Veteran’s Day everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!