Thanksgiving x2

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today has been quite an eventful day. It started out at 4:45 am, when Spencer and I got up to get ready for our race. It was pitch black when we headed downtown for the 10th Annual United Run for the Hungry, and the terrible race directions had me panicking for a few minutes, but the start line was buzzing with excitement when we arrived. We dropped off our donation of canned food, picked up our bib numbers and t-shirts, and headed over to join the crowd. The 10k was first, and as I lined up amidst the see of runners at the start line, I felt the familiar adrenaline rush that I have missed for the past 8 months. The gun went off, and we were racing through the streets of downtown, soaking in the perfect San Diego weather. I knew I still had the 5k to run with Spencer afterwards, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to go all out, but I decided to give it all I had anyway. It was a great race, and I finished in 45:30 (7:20 min/mile pace), which was a personal record. Spencer and my family were waiting to cheer me on at the finish line, and then we headed back to the start to get ready for the 5k.

I have been wanting to race with Spencer for years, and it was almost surreal when the gun went off, and we headed out together. The hill was a killer, but we finished and lived to tell the tale. It felt amazing to race again, and I was on a high for the rest of the day.

After a relaxing jacuzzi and nap, we had Thanksgiving dinner #1 with Spencer’s family and then headed to Fallbrook for Thanksgiving #2. (Good thing I ran 9 miles this morning!) Both were delicious, and I am grateful for the time and effort put in by both of our families to prepare such beautiful meals. Spencer and I made a pumpkin pie yesterday, which turned out to be a hit, so I was happy about that.

After dinner, I checked the race results online and found out that I placed 2nd in my age group! I’ve never placed or been on the winner board before, so I was really excited. I also placed 15th out of 615 women overall, so it was a very successful race.

We just got back from Fallbrook and are both quite tired, so I think we’re off to bed. Although it is always on my mind, days like today make me that much more grateful for my family, my boyfriend, my friends, and everyone who has touched my life in some way. Thank you all for being a part of my life.

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