Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Fastest 5K Yet and a 4th of July Recap with Lots of Pictures

The 4th of July was so much fun that I thought I would take today to do a recap of the day yesterday. I certainly wouldn’t have had enough energy to do all that we did yesterday if this had been a few years ago and 84 lbs. heavier. Losing weight can change your life in so many ways!

But the fun actually started the night before, so I’ll share some pictures from that first! My brother and family, my parents, and my younger brother came to visit.

My younger brother, hubby and I spent some time at the pool in the afternoon and that was fun as usual! I made sure to swim a few laps. I got in a lot of activity this weekend, between the swimming, walking with my Dad, running, and Shredding everyday—my sister in law actually joined me for the Shred one day! Thanks, Betta!

Here’s my younger brother playing basketball with my nephew:

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Having fun at the park:

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I have never seen kids love cotton candy so much before! They devoured it!! lol

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We were up bright for the 4th of July 5k in our town. A year ago I ran this race as my first 5k in 42:21. And one year later, I finished the race in 37:26—my fastest race time yet! It’s a new PR and FINALLY under 40 minutes! I was very proud of myself! It’s amazing what a difference a year can make! Hubby ran along side me, my brother ran pushing a double stroller, my younger brother ran and so did my sister in law. They all finished in the 20 minute range and did awesome! Here are a few pictures!

This is my sister in law, my older brother, me, hubby and my younger brother before the race.

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Kind of fun to compare to last year! I have lost about 30 lbs. since last year’s race. I think you can see a difference!

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My cute nephews who were so proud of their Daddy for running “realllly fast!”

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Me and hubby:

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The starting line:

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And we’re off!

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The guy who won finished in like 16 minutes and some seconds- simply amazing!

My brothers finishing:

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And my sister in law racing to the finish line!

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And hubby and I coming in:

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All done!

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This is my favorite race to run. It has that small town feel and it’s a smaller race. They give away prizes at the end of the race and we all won something. Fun! SmileA girl came up to me at the end of the race and told Hubby and me that we did a really good job—so that was really nice of her! We were neck and neck the entire race and we ended up finishing before her. I’d love to have a running buddy, too bad I didn’t get a chance to talk to her longer. She seemed at about my speed! So if you read this—let me know! lol

Thanks to my Dad for taking the pictures!

And then we came home and got cleaned up to go to the parade. My nephews loved it!

Here’s my Mom:

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Hubby and me:

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The parade:

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All of his candy!

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My parents had to head home—we enjoyed you being here!And then it was time for the 4th of July lunch.

My nephew is a great helper and helped me make the fruit pizza.

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After lunch, we headed to the pool for a couple of hours. The 4th turned out to be a beautiful day!

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After the pool, we went home and rested a while and then ate supper. I didn’t get any pictures of that though!

And then we headed back up to the party in the park for a little while.

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I may or may not have had a few bites of a funnel cake. Winking smile

And then it was time for fireworks! Traditionally, in the back of hubby’s truck. The best place to watch fireworks!

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And the guys had to set off a few fireworks of their own…

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Snacking on pistachios:

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It was a beautiful night!

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I hope your 4th of July was a good one!! Smile


  1. Congratulations on the new PR Alissa! You and your hubby are so cute, too :D

  2. Congrats on your PR! Such a huge difference in only a year--that's great!!

  3. Goo job on the run! You and your family are adorable!

  4. Congratulations on the run! You rock! And your nephews are adorable :)

  5. Congratulations on the run!

    Lots of great pictures! Glad you had a great 4th of July :D

  6. Major congrats on the PR Alissa! Amazing! You should check out Amber's story on our blog today...I think you both are so inspiring!!! ;)

  7. BIG Congrats on your personal best time!!! You look amazing!!! Love the photos, I awww'd out loud at your nephew! What a cutie!! Have a great day.

  8. Way to go on the run and glad to see you had a great 4th. Take care!

  9. Love you journey!! Where in Iowa are you? Love it there!



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