thanksgiving day has come and gone, and i'm a little delayed in posting a recap of the 5k i did for the healthy blogger 5k! so while my leftovers warm in the microwave, i'll share how the turkey trot went yesterday morning.
the turkey trot started later than i would have liked, at 8:45am (the main reason why i was nearly two hours late to thanksgiving dinner!). the weather was way nicer than it was last year (which was cold and snowy in 2011) at 40-ish degrees. i was just warm enough wearing tights and a long sleeve with a t-shirt on top for the race. before and after the race, however, i could've used a parka to stay warm!
the turkey trot went through the north campus of a university-that-shall-go-unamed, and it was pretty tough to find parking close by the race start because the roads were blocked off for the course. we ended up parking a little off the beaten path, but it was still only a quarter mile walk or so to the start line.
nearly 2,000 people showed up to run this little turkey trot (can you believe that?); walkers, runners, spectators and spectator-dogs. needless to say, this made for a very crowded race start, especially when there were no pace groups and no instructions for walkers to stay in the back. a huge race pet peeve is when walkers start in the front which causes a lot of bobbing, weaving and near collisions trying to avoid the walking obstacles. this also drives me crazy because it makes it so much harder to fall into a steady race pace. when you have to constantly speed up and hop onto the grass or swerve around a family it disrupts your entire running cadence. not something i enjoy.
|thumbs up with the start line in the background|
the course itself was 60% not terrible. it was pretty winding, never repeating the same path. the 40% that was terrible was the last quarter mile or so and it was a nasty, nasty hill. this hill started off slow and gradual and then you turned a corner and BOOM! suddenly the hill was a steep angle and it carried on for another tenth of a mile. it was agonizing. as i slowly ran up i watched runners turn to walkers and paces slow way down. it was just a beast of a hill.
once you get to the top (when you do and when you catch your breath), its only another tenth of a mile or so to the finish line. i was moving pretty slow at this point because that hill got the best of me, especially my lungs which were trying to cough out the last bit of a cold i've had. ew.
but you know, i finished. and i was happy to be done running, just not happy with my time or race performance. my unofficial garmin time was 30:59, which is a pretty slow time for me. i wanted to run better, but i didn't. i felt pretty defeated, like i had lost my running endurance and mojo. not a fun feeling. i tried to shake it off and just be happy that i got out and ran, but that's easier said than done.
|at least i got a cute turkey race shirt|
in the spirit of trying to be a thankful healthy blogger, i must say that i am very thankful for the rehab i've been doing to keep my body healthy so that i can get out and run. and i am very thankful for the healthy lifestyle changes that i've been making throughout the year that have brought me to the best shape i've ever been in. i was able to put that poor run behind me and focus on spending quality time with my family for the rest of thanksgiving day. i also had the most incredible 95% vegan pumpkin pie i've ever had in my life (and i made it), so what's not to be thankful about that?? ;)
i hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving!