Webster/Kirkwood Turkey Day Run

Yesterday was the Webster/Kirkwood Turkey Day Run, put on by Big River Running.  This run is a tradition between two rival towns.  We lived in Webster Groves for 18 years and all of our kids went to Webster Groves High School.  So I am definitely a Webster fan.  4,000 runners participated in this run on a very cold Thanksgiving morning.

If you want to know how I got roped into this run you can read this past blog.  It explains how my daughter, Maria, for my birthday present signed me up for this race.

I was so nervous before the race.  I was pretty sure I could run the six miles.  I was just not sure I could run the whole way.  I was definitely confident that I would finish the race.  And when we arrived there were so many runners there.  My son Kevin joined Maria and me in the race.  And my sister, brother in law and husband were there to cheer us on.  And then Kevin’s wife and daughter arrived.  I knew this was going to be a great morning.  I was nervous but with all this support around me I was totally pumped.

And then I started to look around at the runners.  I always seem to compare my body to others. Was I the fattest runner out there?  Nope, definitely not this year.  My body actually blended in with the other runners.  I mentioned that to my son Kevin and he said “Mom, you got to quit saying that about being the biggest one.  Because you aren’t anymore.”  What a sweetheart!  So then I started to look at the runners again.  I definitely saw that I was one of the older runners there.  And that made me feel very proud.  I was so proud that at my age I was out doing an activity that I never thought I would be able to do.

The race started and Kevin, my very fit son,  who plays basketball every morning and my fitter than fit daughter who works out and runs everyday ran right beside me.  They never left my side.  We started with a decent pace.  And I was able to keep up with them.  But when we got to the three mile mark I was really starting to get winded.  There were a lot of hills.   Maria and Kevin kept encouraging me.  I tried to let my mind wander and not think about what I was doing.  I imagined my grandchildren at the end of the race and cheering me on.  “Come on Grandma, you can do it.”  That thought calmed me down and gave me new energy.

And then Kevin said “Mom we are at the end.  The finish line is right over there.”  That really gave me a renewed energy and then I saw a group of young children holding up signs.  And I thought how cute.  It said “Grandma your number 1.”  And then I saw that they were my grandchildren.   I was so overwhelmed and excited!  I had no idea that they would come out on such a cold morning to cheer us on.  Maria’s husband also came out.  My daughter in law, sister and brother in law and grandchildren were cheering us on.  I was really feeling the love.

It was a great feeling to cross that finish line.  And then I saw my husband  waiting for me.  And I could not have been happier.  He has been so supportive.  And to have two of my children right by my side crossing that finish line made for a very memorable day.

And were off

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The best feeling ever – crossing the finish line!

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My husband-the photographer.

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My support group.

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A time was texted to my husbands phone.

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Run 4 Webster

As you know from my last post, my daughter signed me up for the Webster/Kirkwood Turkey Day 6 mile run.   My friend Amy O’Brien who reads my blog and is on the Webster Groves School Board.  She is a new runner and asked me if I would like to join her in a run on Saturday (this morning).   My first thought was NO.  So I responded “Thank you so much for the invite but I have a client coming in at 10:00 (which I did and was not lying).  And then wouldn’t you know it.  As soon as I hit send, my client called to reschedule for a later time.  Dog gone it.  I could have let things go but since I opened my big mouth on my last post, everyone now knows that I am in training for the 6 mile Turkey Day run.  So I e-mailed Amy right back and said I was now available and I would meet her at Webster Groves High School.  What did I get myself into?

Last night while enjoying a glass of wine, I kept going back and forth in my mind about should I go or not go.  What excuse could I give Amy if I did not show up.  Do I really want to run?  Absolutely not.  But I know to get these last 25 pounds off, I have to amp up my physical activities.  I went to bed undecided on what I was going to do.

When I woke up this morning, I decided that I was going to go and run the full 4 miles and if I needed to walk I would do so.  We got there early to register and it was so cold.  There was still time for me to back out of the race but I saw Amy and I new I was locked into this race.

John came with me – God love him.  He is such a great support.  He never says much but he always supports me in everything I do.  And today he was there to be my official photographer.

Here I am registering.

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And we’re off.

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I finished the race in 50 minutes.  Not the best time.  But at least I finished.

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Amy and I after the race.

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I will say I had the best time.  I ran 90% of the time.  And I had a great (slow) pace.  But I will tell you who made this race so much fun.  It was the volunteers.  They were at every turn and mile marker.  They cheered us on and held the traffic at bay.  The Webster Groves Cheerleaders were also there doing their cheers.   I felt like every volunteer and cheerleader was there just for me.  I can’t say enough good things about these people that gave up several hours of their time.  Thank you to the Webster Groves School District Foundation for putting on this fun event.  Please read about Ivory Crockett and his amazing feats.  http://www.ivorycrockett.org   I encourage anyone that likes to walk and run please join this fun Run 4 Webster next year.  And thank you Amy O’Brien for being kind enough to read my blog and invite me to this fun race.