Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

McFarland USA

The Puff asked if she could scooter alongside me on my run Tuesday. I immediately had brief flashbacks of trying to run alongside her about 4 years ago when she was first learning to ride her bike with training wheels. 

I spent the entire time then running and leaned over her handle bars, trying to guide her bike along and every few feet pulling her forward. Not the most productive run for me, but fun for the Puff, so that counts for something. 

Anyway, fast forward a few years and it's the Puff, now on her scooter, leaving me in her dust. Thanks a bunch, Sweetness! She did generously pause and turn around every once in a while to make sure I hadn't passed out or anything. 

Good run today. Still following the below advice from Coach Kastor for post-marathon recovery: running 20-40 minutes every other day until April 15th. I'll probably start to kick up my runs before April 15th, but the way my run felt today, I hate to go against the program. I feel like I'm doing something right.

After my run, my sister and I took our own 2 kids and our niece/nephews (our older brother's kids) to the local drive-in theater to finally watch McFarland, USA.
 I first took my nephews to the drive-in a year or so ago and they totally loved it. I'm always ecstatic to find something we can do together with the niece/nephews, because now that they're teenagers they want less and less to do with their 2 old aunties. But I'm not ready for them to grow up and be off doing  their own thing yet. The drive-in was perfect for a Spring break night out.
Getting situated in the car before the movie. Claim your spot!
Intense racing scenes in McFarland, USA
And what a FANTASTIC feel-good movie it was!! McFarland USA is based on a true story about a cross country team in McFarland, CA. McFarland is a tiny dusty town in the Central Valley where the residents are mainly farm workers (pickers). It's a pretty bleak place. But of course the success of the cross country team puts McFarland on the map. Super inspirational movie for our family at the drive-in.
Drive in casualties, the littlest ones feel asleep an hour into the movie, of course.
Afterwards the nephews wanted to go out for milkshakes but this Tia Irene had to work today, so that was a rain check for another night (we got home well past midnight). I don't mind though because that's another excuse to have a night out with my awesome niece/nephews. 

Next run is on Thursday! Until then,happy Wednesday! 


  1. I have never been to a drive-in movie but it looks SO fun!

  2. I want to watch that with my kids--waiting for it to be out on DVD.
    Good job on your run!