*Pictures to be added later.
Yesterday was the 4th of July, and as per usual, Jess, my dad, and I took part in my city's Heritage Festival Firecrack Five Mile race. I believe this is the 8th or 9th time I've ran this race--I have to go back and count all the shirts I've accumulates to be able to give you a more concrete number.
I'm pretty sure we first ran the race the summer between sixth and seventh grade and that was...terrible. I ran with this big clunky, black, basketball like tennis shoes and barely could make it past mile three. At the time, I had just finished my first year of cross country so tree miles I knew I could get through pretty easily. At the same time, I didn't really understand the idea of training for a longer race, so that was pretty bad.
But, this year, my goal was to finish under an hour...and maybe to beat Jess. Every year it seems like it's something that slows me down; old shoes, ankle/leg problems, this time it was just mind over matter. If you could forget that spill I took as we went down the canal path. I don't wear contacts and my glasses don't sit tight to my face, so I don't wear them when I run. By the time I took the turn onto the canal path and saw the the stairs I wasn't supposed to go down, I was already over them.
I kind of hurt my ankle, but that slowed down the pace I was building as I was catching up with my sister. Either way, I was happy with how I did. Like dad says, "It was a run day, not a race day." The weather was the best it's been in years. Sometimes it could be in the 80s even around 7:30 in the morning, but this year, it was in the 60s and kind of cloudy.
After we finished, we went down to check out the street fair (and hopefully get dad to buy us ice cream for breakfast. Another "tradition" for us). There were so many cool hand made items, like necklaces made out of old computer parts, clocks for football teams hockey teams, and thing like the seal of the Coast Guard and Navy all carved out of the wood. Dad got a Coast Guard one.
We bought a huge container of cotton candy, which promptly turned our teeth, blue, and I loaned Mack some money so she could buy herself a yin-yang necklace. We also got a homemade car air freshner that doesn't melt in the sun and lasts at least to four months. There were samples you could smell and had many different flavors like peach cobbler, hot fudge brownie, and burning rubber.
After sitting at home and taking a shower, I sat on my computer the rest of the day...and kept falling asleep at my computer. I would've gotten up to go to my room to take a nap, but I was too sore and tired to get up off the couch. It probably would've helped because the way I twisted myself up on the couch has my back hurting this morning. Or it could've been all the muscles I used while I was running.
Dinner was awesome, but I don't know how it couldn't be if dad was making it. Grilled corn, grilled brisket, grilled chicken, grilled ribs, and green beans. It was perfect. After digesting food for a while, we went out onto the deck out back and made s'mores over the fire pit, watching our neighbors shoot off fireworks. This was a good time asking dad about his life and things we were just curious about.
It was a great, long, day, and I have an even longer week ahead as I spend my week at music camp teaching for the first time.
Hope you all had a great 4th.