When the kids were younger and we often still ate meals together as a family, I would make theme meals a lot. Kimmy says my theme meals are some of her favorite memories. And one year for TLAP Day I made a sort-of pirate meal. I wish I had a picture of it, but I don't think we took one. I got turkey legs and had Kevin grill them, and I made corn on the cob, a loaf of homemade bread, and some non-alcoholic grog. Since the meal was all finger-foods, I didn't even put plates on the table. The food was on big platters in the middle of the table, and I gave everyone bandanas and told them all to forget their table manners for one night.
Unfortunately this year weather stopped the event shortly after it started. There was lightning near the northwest part of the course, so they had to call the race off. You can't take chances with severe weather, so it was the right call of course. But it still turned out to be a really fun day. Since the lightning wasn't close to the finish line area downtown, they were able to keep the festivities going. Kudos to Carmel Road Racing Group and all the volunteers who kept everything rocking even in the pouring rain.
We still got our medals from polite, hunky soldiers. We still got to pose with friends on the free picture stage. And as part of the training group we had access to the VIP tent, so we still got mimosas and massages, donuts and coffee, and just had fun hanging out.
I heard some ladies say they didn't feel like they'd earned their medals, but I disagree. We trained hard for months. Hot humid summer months. We got up and ran when we didn't feel like it. We pushed each other and encouraged each other and learned from each other. We made new friends and got closer to old ones. We got stronger, mentally and physically. We battled that awful flu that went around, and we still kept running. We showed up ready. We earned those medals.
I'm hanging mine proudly on my medal tree, just above last year's. And next year, Lord willing and the creeks don't rise, I'll be back to earn another.