The Turkey Trot has become an annual tradition for me. I honestly do not remember how many I have run, but I did run it last year when almost 8 months pregnant. Needless to say, it is a race that I do not miss.
I am NOT in 5K shape right now…. or really any racing shape for that matter. I had a great great 8 miler last week. It was awesome and reaffirming. But, I was still not committed to racing this race at full speed.
I lined up at the start today after a short little warmup, but I honestly should have arrived earlier. It was SO crowded. Terribly so! I could not get anywhere near the middle, never mind the front. Full disclosure- I am fully supportive of ALL types of runners. And, I do not deserve to be on the front line of a race. I have not earned that! But please, if you plan on run/walking the first mile, do not head towards the front.
My first mile took me 8:20ish because it took me a bit to get over the line as the gun went off and then I was weaving weaving weaving. And then I realized, I needed to just race comfortably hard. I needed to not worry about my time- I even covered my Garmin with my sleeve. I just pushed hard but not so hard that I was gasping. And guess what- it worked! I finished in 23:40. This means I ran in the 7:20s BY FEEL for the final two miles. Maybe I am doubting my abilities a bit? Granted, I only had to hold it for 2 miles, but I honestly was not dying out there.
And now, a shameless “My kid is so cute” picture. Because he is =)