So, I ran the turkey trot again this year in my hometown. Don’t get all excited for me yet. I only ran the 3k, not the 10k this year. I know, I know. Slacker! Life got away from me, working crazy hours and trekking back and forth to Boston the past couple months – running was not on the priority list. But I didn’t NOT run. So, don’t hate!
On Saturday, although it was frigid and WINDY, me, Avery and my dear friend Ayla all ran the Turkey Trot! Yep, you heard right, Avery ran too! His first race NOT in a stroller!
We got all decked out in our cold weather gear, but got to keep warm in the gym pre-race.
Thanks, Mom for the blurry photo!
Avery was signed up to run the kids 100 yard dash (that’s the length of a football field!) But he was not having it. Typical toddler. He eventually let me put his bib on him, and proceeded to tear it off. Oh, Avery. Which lead to this pleasant photo…
He did NOT want to race. And that was fine. We headed out of the gym to the start of the race, and on our way out, Avery changed his mind and said he wanted to race. I left him with Grampy at the start line, while Ayla and I headed to the finish to cheer him on. There were 15 or so kiddos, mind you they could all barely move with the hats, mittens, boots and cold weather gear they had on (it was 25 degrees out!), but when they were told GO, they booked it! Avery ran like a champ, smiling and turning his head to see the other kids run with him. He finished running into my arms laughing. He was pretty fast – finishing 4th or 5th. All the kiddos got a chocolate turkey as a prize (which was later ate in a matter of minutes!).
I apologize for the lack of pics and video when Avery ran… every time I take my phone out to take a video or picture of this kid, he gets shy and stops whatever he’s doing, so I didn’t want to jinx his first race. It worked!
I handed Avery over to Mimi and Ayla and I headed into the crowd to run… can you find me?
Avery played with Mimi and Grampy as we ran. Thanks to my Dad for snagging these nice shots as we came into the finish!
I was so proud of Ayla. She’s a new Mom and is keeping in shape post-baby. She ran further and faster than the color run a couple months ago.
We came to the finish line smiling and Ayla wanted me to finish first, but I did a studder step right before the finish line and she finished before me :)
We played in the warm gym as we waited for the 10K racers to finish. Avery spent some time at the craft table and played with another boy he made friends with. Then we grabbed some goodies at the raffle before heading home.
No idea what our time was, we were just happy to get some girl/mommy time in together and have a fun time. So proud of Ayla and Avery :)
And that concludes my races for 2014….