turkey, trails and tequila

December 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm 3 comments

a few weeks ago, i decided to run a small trail half marathon in georgia. put on by a friend of the bunny, it was a good excuse to get away for a few days and spend some time with a friend i don’t get to see nearly enough. years ago she and i met over our blogs. a couple comments about a race led to emails and an eventual meeting that became what will no doubt be a lifetime friendship. we’ve run most of our marathons together. her now husband called me from their first date. and we’ve seen each other through some serious ups and downs.

mini-me and i headed up wednesday afternoon and it was nearly 9 p.m. when we got in. regardless of the exhaustion there were tequila shots ~ for me and the bunny NOT for mini-me 😉 ~ and lots of girl talk and giggles. i honestly have no idea what time we made it to bed though a text sent on my phone shows nearly 3 a.m. typical us no doubt. somehow there’s always a bottle of tequila and lots of laughter where ever we go.

aye caramba!

aye caramba!

the next morning i got up (somehow) and went for a seven mile run. i desperately wanted to hit the trails behind the house but it’s hunting season and private property or not, i prefer not to mess with country folk and their guns! i thought a lot on that run. maybe it was because it was thanksgiving and i felt a need to reflect though honestly the holiday itself hasn’t meant much to me since my cousin ~ who i spent many a turkey day with growing up ~ was killed in a car accident in 2003. but i reminded myself how lucky i am. great friends, an amazing daughter, a stable job and a comfy home. there truly was so much for me to be thankful for.

the thanksgiving meal itself was a tad bit odd. “dinner” at the bunny’s in-laws around noon that lasted maybe 45 minutes. it’s a small family and most live within a mile or so of one another so a lunch together isn’t necessarily a special occasion and they almost make my family pale in dysfunctionality. but regardless it was a nice meal complete with way too much food. the in-laws don’t drink. at all. so we left the tequila at home. but that night was another full of shots and complete hysterics.

the next morning we headed to the bunny’s other house in macon. she still spends half her weeks there for work (her pre-marriage world and home). we spent the afternoon helping to check and clear the trails for the race and i was definitely a bit intimidated. we don’t have many hills in florida and though there wasn’t anything extreme the entire course was rollers. since i have a half on the 8th that i’m hoping to PR i had no need to push the pace and given how tough the course looked to be, i vowed not to. but we all know better 😉 i’m too damn competitive! the bunny wasn’t running but she was manning the one aid station on course and mini-me was set to help her so we spent a quiet, tequila-free night getting ready.

saturday morning was a 34 degree start! not exactly what i’m used to but exactly what i love so i bundled up with extra layers.

ninja runner!

ninja runner!

but of course it was a mere few miles in that i was down to a t-shirt. though i kept on my gloves and hat. my absolute favorite running attire 🙂

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i knew there were a couple women ahead of me but i wasn’t sure if they were running the half or full. admittedly i had my sights on a few i’d seen at the start with vows to pass as much as to not be passed but for the most part i ran simply to run. the weather was invigorating. the trails tough but beautiful. my pace was nothing spectacular but again, i was trying, very hard, not to care about time. i almost went down ~ four times! ~ and i even considered quitting. maybe not seriously but i was scared i was going to bust my butt and with my hopes riding on a PR this coming weekend i thought it might be better to play it safe. but i held in there and crossed the finish line at a 2:22. far from a PR and really not impressive but given the difficulty of the trails i felt pretty accomplished. the race director hung the medal around my neck and we sat there chatting for a few minutes before i looked down and read what was around my neck.

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overall female finisher! really?!?! i was shocked!

we celebrated that night with ~ you guessed it ~ tequila 😉 a last night with the bunny that always comes too soon.

in some ways it didn’t feel like thanksgiving. there was certainly nothing typical turkey day about it and the few traditions i try to hang onto went wayside but i couldn’t have been more thankful for the time spent with a great friend and great trails!

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  • 1. Miss Mile High  |  December 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I’m glad you didn’t brave the hunter-filled woods while running.

    Awesome!!! job on the overall female finisher!

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    • 2. becelisa  |  December 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

      thanks! still can’t believe i actually won! benefits of a small race i guess 🙂

      i ran trails down here one time during small game season and actually got surrounded by a pack of hunting dogs. they really didn’t have any interest in me and my running partners but it wasn’t them i was worried about. i knew somewhere behind them was likely some dude named bubba with an itchy trigger finger. never again! i will still run trails where i know hunting is banned but that still worries me sometimes.

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  • 3. kitkat1126  |  December 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Overall female finisher. AMAZING. Don’t even say it was a small race, you are amazing. I can’t wait to hear about your PR this weekend 🙂

    That winter ninja running pic is hilarious. I’m not sure I have ever seen people up here with that many layers in the New England winter! 😉

    Trail runs look like fun in the sense that they would go by quickly (minus the falling part and most definitely minus any hunting part). I can’t quite imagine a full marathon or more on trails though…

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