Friday, November 25, 2011

Claremont Turkey Trot race report and a winner

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Ours started great with a Turkey trot for me and the boys...that was followed later by Jonathan being sick..IN THE CAR.. on our way to dinner.  Yikes....
He is fine today.

Back to the Turkey Trot.
This was my first one, I am so happy I found it just in time! It was 15 min from home and it was great!  The people were all so nice.  It was in a town I really like, it reminds me a lot of Québec (my hometown).  The weather was PERFECT, it is truly the best time of the year here in Southern California; sunny and in the 50s.   My kids were running the 1k kids race and when we got up it was 45 degrees so I said they needed to wear pants and long sleeves and they were not having it.  "You are in shorts and short sleeves! We want the same!" I changed in tights and long sleeves top.  Better that than them being cold.

Kids race was first at 7:30 am.  It started right on time!  Will was set on coming in BEFORE Jonathan this time!  He had to save his big-brother-Pride!!!
Here they are at the start! Will in orange and Jonathan in yellow, bright colors is key to spot them in a race!!!

Ready Set Go!

So who came in first?



Not long after, this guy came around the corner!

They both did GREAT! They loved it! I loved it more!

Then it was my turn!
Start was 8:30.  They had a bit of a delay for the start, no big deal to me.  My only concern was how I was dressed, wished I had short sleeves and shorts by then.  I was close to the front for the start so no need to pass walkers or strollers.  I wanted to go under 30 min and run negative splits.  I have a pretty bad record at running negative splits in races, I can do it just fine in training though.  This was a flat fast course. 

I am right behind the 2 guys in black in the middle
See that little kid on the left, yellow top, blue short?
He came in 11th OVERALL
Time 18:28:03
Age: 8 years old

First mile went by fast, I was feeling pretty good, I kept telling slowing down, no slowing down.Mile 2...getting hot....or what a mom does for her kids..overdress for a race! A bit of going up here...not a real hill but I felt the burning in my legs a little and I was worried I would slow down but NO!  Mile 3: OH JOY! Down Down I Go!!!
I finished that fast! I never do that! I looked at the clock and it was at 28:xx
28! I have never ran under 29 minutes......until then!  My old PR was 29:29 and now it is 28:59.  BARELY under 29 minutes but a second is a second :). So I am happy.  I went under 30 min, I ran negative splits and I got a PR!
Loved the race! We will be back next year!

I passed this  really TALL guy on my way to the finish

And the winner of my My Memory software Giveaway is robinbb! Please send me an email with your email address!


Kate said...

Yea, Caroline!! You did it!! You shattered that sub 30 goal, for sure. And even with too many clothes on for comfort. :) What a good mama!

And those pictures of your boys in the race...just too precious. They're just beautiful and so fun to watch.

Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, other than the throwing up part.

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great race! And LOVE the kids medals. Very cool :)

XL said...

Seriously...WAY TO GO!!!!! that is awesome, Caroline! And your boys looking so joyful is almost as awesome :)

Connie said...

Congrats on a new PR! I'm so jealous of all of you people running Turkey Trots in the US. Our race season wrapped up over a month ago :(

I love that your kiddo's run too. How cute is that!!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

I love that you got to race "with" your boys. So much fun.

A PR and you chicked that guy at the end? Very successful race, good for you.

runnergirl training said...

Great race recap! Good job! Cute pics!!

bobbi said...

YAY!!! Both for your boys AND for you! Congrats on your new PR :)

Tricia said...

Congrats on PR!

misszippy said...

This is so great! Negative splits and a PR. Love it. And your two little guys could not be cuter!

My daughter threw up in the car last month. Nothing worse--it still smells!

Christine said...

Congratulations on your PR!! That is an awesome time!! So happy for you and yes, 1 second is a second :)

I once finished a half marathon in 1:59:59 - SO different than 2:00:00 :)

Thanks for your comment on my new blog layout, that made my day!

Anne said...

Wow! Félicitations Caroline! Tout un pace! Ça fait toute la différence de voir 28 (une seconde c'est définitivement une seconde)...Bravo!
Encore, t'es garçons sont vraiment adorable :)

Elle said...

How fun for you all!

Great pictures. Loved seeing them and reading your captions....

Congrats on the PR!

SupermomE12 said...

Great job and great pics!!! Sorry about him getting sick in the car. That is the worst!

Congrats on the PR and to your whole family. :)

Laura said...

CONGRATS!!! So happy for you.
Great pics (again) of the kids!

Terzah said...

Congratulations on your huge PR, Caroline, and also on your boys' great race and all the fun you had. (And don't you love those little kids like that 8-year-old who are so fast???)

Happy late Turkey Day!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

AWW i love their run and that they got a medal! i don't see the kids races get medals very often

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats to everyone that raced and your PR

giraffy said...

Lady, you are too nice! No WAY would I have overdressed!

Congrats on your new PR!! Your kids are so funny, I love how they race!

Laima said...

Great race and pics!

I always have a couple ziplocks stashed in the car - just in case one of the kiddos needs one...:)

Nelly said...

Congrats on the 5K PR, that is awesome!

And nice job to your boys on the race too! Looked like a fun day all around!

ShutUpandRun said...

Congrats on that PR. I cannot believe the yellow/blue kid. That is insane. INSANE. I love that your boys day!

robinbb said...

Congrats on the PR. I love kids races. My kids did a 1 mile race this summer, and I cried when my 4 year old crossed the finish line.

Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway, I am so excited. I will email you.

Fruit Fly said...

A PR? Wonderful ... Congratulations!!

And kid races -- they are so stinking cute!! I hope my child will do them. Of course I have to make a child first, but when he/she is alive and able to function, I hope he/she will run, too!

Colleen said...

Caroline, that's fantastic!!!! I'm so excited for you! Congrats on a great race.

And those boys of yours... too cute! Congrats to them too! Way to be a great role model for them!

Teamarcia said...

Ok you get my highest accolade for that race: boomshakalaka girl you PR'd! Congrats!
Your boys could not be cuter. I adore those pics and my heart swells just thinking about how proud you must be of them.
Now for the super-fast 8 year old. Holy cow. So young.

Darlene said...

Sorry I'm late but congrats on your PR!!
You're lucky that your kids like to run. Love the pix!