Gobble, gobble, gobble! Happy Thanksgiving, folks
I cannot think of any better way to kick off a day of thanks (and a 4 day weekend) than with a fun race.
Well, it would be better if friends were there...
And so did my hubby. I had a goal to beat hubby because I hoped his legs were still sore from his Ironman. But, that didn’t happen He still beat me by almost a minute even though he was tired and sick all week. Not cool.
As far as personal time goals for this race, I didn’t know what to expect. I have not done speedwork since tapering for marathon attempt one began almost two months ago.
But I also haven’t run any 5 mile races since last Thanksgiving. My PR is old. All I had to do was keep it below an 8:15 pace, so I knew I’d PR.
This wasn’t going to be my fastest 5 miles ever, but probably my fastest 5 mile race… if that makes sense. I was cool with that.
Close to 8,000 people ran this rainy race.
I started at a conservative pace, dodging strollers and puddles. Before I knew it, the race was half way done. Short races are awesome like that. Note to self, do them more often.
Since I didn’t start out like a bat out of hell, I never burned out. In fact, I felt comfortably uncomfortable the entire race. All of my miles were right around 7:20- exect mile 3 which had a never-ending hill so that was 7:29).
I shocked myself and finished under 37 minutes. An 8k PR of 36:40 (gun time), 7:22 pace. I didn’t think I had it in me
The best part? (Well second best after the cool turkey shirt.) No stomach problems! My lactose-free diet is not fun, but I feel SO much better.
We’re off to my in-laws on the other side of the state for the long holiday weekend. May you all have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.
Have you ever done a turkey trot? Since we moved here last year, I’ve wanted to organize one in my community (I live in a small town right outside Charlotte). But I can only imagine the headache race organizing would cause.