Sunday, July 12, 2015

Friendly Frolic Race Recap 2015

So I never posted about my vacation in the OBX.  I suck at life.  Trying so hard to be a better blogger, but life is so in my way.  That and my laziness.  Nevertheless, I'm here to blog about the Friendly Frolice, which is the 2 mile race that occurs at my sister's and mom's lake community over the 4th of July.

All my family comes in from near and far and we celebrate the 4th at my sister's lake house.  ALL my siblings and ALL my nieces and nephews made it.  With significant others even.  It's an awesome time.  The "party" started on Thursday and the race was on Saturday.  On Friday some of us partied a little too hard and this is who showed up to the race.

Back: Tony (BIL) Sara (sister)
Middle:  Amy (sister) ,Amy (SIL), Dad, Emily (niece), George, Moi
Front:  Jaclyn (niece), Ella, Jack and Nicholas 
I had high hopes for this race.  I've never been able to break 17:00 and I thought this year would be my year to do it. Well that is BEFORE I started drinking on Friday afternoon.  I just started having tons of fun with my family and the beer flowed and I'm not really a drinker.  So come Saturday morning, I did NOT have high hopes for the race.  I was dehydrated, tired... well you know hungover, but I wasn't going to NOT go to the race.  My kids were so excited to run.  All but Nicholas that is.  Nicholas wanted to beat his last year's time (16:xx), Ella wanted to break 22:00 and Jack had a goal of 23:00 (he was going to run/walk with my sister Amy).

Sara has just started running and is almost to her one year anniversary of quitting smoking.  Emily has been running with her and Tony decided to join in the fun for the race.  He doesn't ever run.  Just golf!

My sister in law Amy has lost 22 pounds and was looking so healthy.  I'm so proud of her!  She and Jaclyn didn't have a goal in mind, but to just run and finish.

How cute are Ella and Jaclyn in their matching outfits?  Red, White and Cool for sure!

Ok so my approach for the race was to keep up with my dad.  Yes my 72 year old father!  I knew I had to run an 8:30 pace.  I didn't know if I could do it, but I wasn't going to not try.  We started off soooooooo fast.  I kept looking down at my garmin and it was registering a pace of 7:xx.  I kept  thinking it was wrong because I seemed to be feeling ok and it didn't feel THAT hard.  Well, that was just the beginning of the race talking.

I was behind Nicholas and he seemed to really be struggling.  I ran by him and told him not to worry about pushing himself.  He said he had a cramp.   I felt bad for him.  I kept moving and at the turn around I was at an 8:47 pace.  I thought it was still doable (not impossible).  I'd just have to pick up my pace on the back end (which I've been known to do).  I still had my dad in my sights.  I just needed to push to catch up to him.

Um no!  Turns out my body rejected itself at the turnaround.  I felt like crap and got a HUGE side cramp.  It was so painful and I just stopped and walked.  LAME!  I know it's lame.  Knowing I wasn't going to make it for my goal, I gave up.  Ugh.  I hate even saying that.  I walked until my cramp felt better and mostly went away and started running again.  I wound up walking one more time before the end and Nicholas passed me.

It turns out Nicholas had a bad cramp too and actually barfed two times.  I really think we were all under hydrated going into this race.  So both he and I had a disappointing race.  My dad didn't, however.  He was the first of our group to finish clocking a 16:58 finish!  Nicholas crossed the finish line in 17:48 and I completed the race in a VERY disappointing (for me) 18:33.  Whomp Whomp.

I missed Tony crossing the finish line when I was grabbing water, but he ran and impressive 20:50.  I mean I really just missed him.  I barely even caught Ella and George and snapped this pic from about 100 yards.

Ella pushed really hard to make her goal.  George said he had to push her at the end to give it all she had and make her goal.  She wound up exceeding her goal and stepped on the finish line in 20:52. The poor girl pushed herself so hard.  She wasn't pleased (at that moment). 

Jack and Jaclyn wound up running with my sister, as did Emily.  My sister said Jack kept asking her when he could sprint to the end.  She kept having to hold him back until the last corner.  We he finally got "let loose" he bolted to the end with Jaclyn tailing not far behind.

Jack was so happy and proud of himself.

He didn't quite make his goal of 23:00, but finished right at 24:00 (official time) even though the clock clearly says 24:01.  Ha! Jaclyn was literally 3 seconds behind him.

Amy and Emily were right behind them and the amazing thing is that my sister was soooooo happy.  Normally she looks like she wants to kill us all for making her run and this year she was actually smiling.  I couldn't' believe it.  She and Emily clocked an impressive 24:20 finish.

We saw my sister Sara coming and she didn't look happy.  George yelled at her to sprint to the end and she started smiling a huge smile and took off.  It was so darn cute. I'm proud of my sister for quitting smoking and getting healthy and I'm proud of her 26:22 finish. 

My sister and law Amy was walk running and she looked happy as she rounded the last corner.  I ran up to meet her and run her on in (so I don't have a picture). I was proud of her for coming out and doing this race with us even though she's not a runner.  She finished in 28:52.

I've said how proud I was of everyone, but it's true.  Each runner has a different story and a different pace, but everyone went out and gave their best effort and that's what means the most.  I'm so happy to do this race every year with my family.  Next year I think I'll let the festivities start AFTER the race.  Cheers to the Friendly Frolic 2015!


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