My Independence Day began with clear skies and temperatures in the low 60’s. After a light breakfast (cheerios, milk, banana, and coffee), Nate and I headed to downtown Wilkes-Barre. Every year the local YMCA sponsors a 3-mile road race and I’ve participated in the race 7 out of the last 10 years! Despite still having stitches in his right leg, Nate decided to run the race. We had both been up late the night before googling “Is it OK to run with stitches?” I’m happy to report that the stitches held up and Nate ran 15:56 (for 3 miles) and placed 5th out of over 400 runners. Woo-hoo!
Due to my bum hamstring/IT band this year’s race was quite a bit slower for me than in past years. Nevertheless, I had a huge smile on my face the whole time because this 3-mile run was the best (and least painful) run that I’ve had in MONTHS. I had a little bit of discomfort/soreness in my hamstring, but the treatment that I received last week (acupuncture and injections) really seems to be helping! It’s been 3 days and I feel better than I have in a really long time. Anyway, I finished in 23 minutes and 53 seconds – a smidge under 8 minute pace. I’ll take it!
Nate’s “get down to business” face:
Right before the finish – HUGE smile on my face 🙂
After some showers and lunch, we hit up the candy aisle at Wegman’s. I’m not sure if candy is one of the best ways to fuel for exercise, but Nate eats it all the time and his running seems to be going pretty well 🙂
Then it was off to a Huddell family get together in West Chester, Pa. Nate’s Uncle Gary lives in a beautifully restored farmhouse surrounded by trees and fields. It was the perfect setting for a 4th of July pic-nic. Nate snapped a photo of me goofing off. Ignore my silly pose, but check out the scenery!
The spread of food was really yummy. I nibbled on lots of things, but here are the highlights!
Turkey Burgers with herbs and spices (SO moist and delicious) –
Kabobs with chicken and tons of veggies:
Potato salad with baby red potatoes, celery, and loads of fresh dill (I had 2 BIG servings of this!):
Pasta salad with wheels, broccoli, crunchy carrots, yellow bell pepper and cheddar cheese:
Family, good food, a successful run, perfect weather, and a fun day with Nate – it was the best 4th of July this girl could ask for!