July 4th RUN

Things have been really crazy around here the past few days.  We have 10 people in the house (plus a toddler and 2 dogs) and 4 others who come for dinners and hang-out time.  There has been a lot of eating, some construction (more on that later), some games, some beach time, and… a 15K run.

On July 4th, I got up early to get to the run site.  Last year, I ran this with my brother and my niece.  This year, the 3 of us all participated but with a twist.  My niece decided to do the 5K since she’s been bothered by knee issues :(   My brother decided to run with our little great-nephew in a jogging stroller.  By brother-in-law drove us to the start of the race and then headed back home.  [Coronado has a big parade through town and it's next to impossible to drive around here until well after the parade.]  Here’s a couple of photos of us before the start.

I love the above photo cause the little dude has just removed his shoe and flung it to the ground — the second shoe and both socks would soon follow.  I guess Little Dude is destined to be a “barefoot runner”.

The run was fun.  My brother, who is usually a waaaaaaay faster runner than me, decided he wanted to run with me the whole way.  He kept me going.  It was a blast.  Little Dude did great on the run and fell asleep for a good portion of it.  At one point by brother said to me, “Bet people are looking at us and thinking we’re kinda old to have a young baby.”  A woman right behind us started laughing and confirmed that thought had crossed her mind.  HaHa.  We weren’t sure which was more disturbing:  the idea of my brother and I being married, or the thought of having a 15 month-old baby at our age.  Yikes!

After the run we met up with our niece and walked home.  Walking home was a great way to keep the lactic acid from settling in our tired legs.  When we got home, there was a huge breakfast waiting thanks to my sister and BIL:  pancakes, eggs, coffee.  I had the coffee (of course) and made myself some oatmeal (of course!)  I’m kinda (super) boring in the breakfast department — but it works for me.

My hubby didn’t run the 15K with us cause his 4th of July tradition is swimming in the annual Rough Water Swim.  Sadly, I no longer get to watch his event because he starts before I get back from the run.  He said he had a great swim this year.

Lunch was leftovers from “Taco Night”.  We all headed over to my parents’ place (rental condo) for dinner.  I had a salad before we left the house but the rest of the gang enjoyed something more “all American”: hotdogs with all the trimmings whilst watching FIREWORKS over the San Diego/Coronado Bay!!!

The first photo is not mine, but better captures our view.  The photo second photo is mine, taken from my Droid phone.
Hope you all had a chance to enjoy a long weekend (4th of July or Canada Day style).


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  1. Jackson says:

    Sounds like a fun 4th of July. We did not have any fireworks this year because of the pretty much state-wide burn ban due to the drought. I did listen to “Stars and Stripes Forever” on the computer though in memory of the day.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Sorry you missed the fun here.

  2. Andrea says:

    BOB FM commemorated the occasion by doing music of the British invasion.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      You mean Beatles music? How patriotic!

  3. Lee says:

    Sounds like a fun run with your brother. 15Ks are actually my favorite distance. I wish there were more of them.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      I agree, it is a good distance. This run also had great “views” cause 1/3 of the run was inside the Naval Amphibious base (Navy SEALS anyone?). It’s fun to do a run where you can’t normally go.

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