Time for a Turkey Trot

turkey trotMany people look forward to this week in late November in anticipation of the grand meal we call Thanksgiving. I am one of those people (I love food), but another fun perk of the week is the good old neighborhood 5K Turkey Trot run/walk!

Without any specific training, I ran such a trot on Sunday that started just two blocks from my front door. Even better than that – it was FREE! So many 5K races these days are between $25 and $45 to register. This one cost me just a $5 donation to the local elementary school in the form of seven raffle tickets (which did not garner me any valuable prizes). Darn.

I’ve been a runner for the past ten years now. I have five marathons under my belt and more than a dozen half marathons. I’ve never been particularly fast, but I have a great time doing it and it keeps me pretty happy overall. Earlier this year, I did two significant hikes. I traveled to Tanzania for a 6-day climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa (say it with me: Budget Buster). One month later, I hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in one day (about 24 miles). Both were brutal for different reasons and I decided that I wanted a significant break from running and hiking. So for the past several months, I’ve been taking a weekly Piloxing class and doing Supreme 90 workout videos at home. I attribute that and  my mostly paleo diet to a 7 pound weight loss and feeling stronger each week.

So to my surprise, I was able to crank out this 5K in 28:32, which is just over a 9-minute per mile pace. Woot! Feeling good about that, as my training pace is usually between 10-11 minutes per mile. In the first mile, I was worried that I started too fast in trying to keep up with those around me. It’s been a long time since I’ve raced at this distance, but I’ve found that pacing is much more critical the longer you’re running. So I figured I’d just go for it and see what happens. The only one who knows or cares about my performance in this event is me.

About half way through the run, I started chatting with a nice guy, Randy, and we ended up finishing together. I love finding someone to run with (if they’re game, of course); it really helps push me to keep going and not stop for a walk break. I struggled the last half mile but made it to the end with little left in the tank. Very happy with myself…I need to do these 5Ks more often!

I recommend finding one in your hood to run, jog, walk, push a stroller, or whatever! Just get out there and get moving! Happy Thanksgiving.


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