Things that are Thankful 13 Race Recap 2017
I decided to run the 5k because I hadn’t been running. Plus I felt like 2+ hours running was a long time to be running on Thanksgiving. Seeing as I still haven’t beat the 2 hour mark for a half marathon.
I went to packet pick up the day before the race. They had sent out an email telling me what my race number would be. They also had printouts with race bibs. Super easy, and hardly anyone was there. They had lots of vendor booths, stuff to get you pumped for running the following day.
It started near Thanksgiving Point, and there was lots of parking (that we found, I’m not sure about everyone else). I had heard that they were going to be giving away free Churro’s and I wanted one! I am not normally affected by what I eat before I run. Just as long as I don’t over stuff myself. It’s taken me quite a while to be able to eat anything before a run without feeling sick or feeling like I’m going to throw up.
So the starting line was a short walk from the finish line (and we were at the finish line wanting some churro’s). The race started promptly at 8:30am.
It was a sort of out and back run, with a small loop. I started running a 9:37 pace, which is way too fast for me. I tried really hard to maintain my pace throughout the 5k. I kept thinking “uncomfortably comfortable,” which it happened to be the whole race.
There were a few uphills and a few downhills, which included running down to the Jordan Parkway Trail and running up on part of Thanksgiving Point’s golf course.
Overall it was a great run, I listened to music (and typically listen to podcasts). In order to help keep my pace, I would find someone who was a bit faster than me, and keep them in sight. As soon as I passed them I would find someone else to keep in sight and do the same thing. I also just tried to really enjoy being able to run and being thankful for that.
With it being Thanksgiving, they asked at sign up time what I was thankful for. And you know what I wrote in?
“I am thankful for infertility, because without it I wouldn’t know hope and encouragement.”
I ran the race in 30:56, with my pace being an average of 10 per mile. This is definitely a PR post baby for me. I think in fact a PR for a 5k in a long time. I think doing a lot of squats and lunges has really paid off.
Pros: Cold, but nice day, free churros, free samples of Nothing Bundt Cake, pumpkin pie at the finish line (though I didn’t really want pie), saw some friends and old co-workers, free social media race photos.
Cons: Race shirt runs small (they did this to me when I ran TIMP half marathon a few years ago), runners who don’t know running etiquette (raising a hand when you’re going to start walking), dodging slower runners.
Did you run a Turkey Trot this year?
P.S. Did you know I sell infertility Awareness Shirts on Etsy?