Over 1,300 runners attended this year - the most runners ever. There is also a 1 mile route, which makes it easy for multi-generational families to participate, and as always, this is a fun way to start our Thanskgiving day.
It was a COLD morning for this race - 32 degrees! With such a short distance, I knew I'd keep my jacket on the entire time, so I pinned my race bib to it, which is not something I normally do. With my long-sleeved shirt, vest, and the jacket, I was comfortable...I wore a new headband/ear warmer thing that I think looked a little goofy on me, but it did keep my ears warm, so hurray for function over fashion!
Amy, me, Julia - bundled up and ready to race!
We goofed off taking a few more pictures - Julia's husband Scott has perfected his photo-bombing skills:
(Scott) Jeff and I
And took a shoe picture with some of our running club peeps:
A flower of running shoes!
The race started and Amy and I took off, running our usual 1:1 intervals, and, of course, talking most of the time. It was funny to run such a short distance after all of the long runs we've been doing, but I have to say, it was nice knowing we'd be finished soon. The cold weather, even though my fingers were frozen in my gloves, contributed to the fastest run we've done in a long while! Considering that we walked every other minute, we must have been running pretty fast on our running intervals, because our overall average pace was 14:25. We're not running/racing for time right now, so it was kind of shocking when I uploaded my Garmin and saw an average pace in that range; we've been in the high 15's ever since I started running again after my hamstring layoff. Anyway, we came in for the finish and our official photographer (Jeff) was there to capture our glory:
I love that we're in sync with our footsteps! Goofy faces were an added bonus.
Post-race refreshments included pumpkin pie, yum! That was a nice little treat and the perfect ending to another fun Turkey Trot. Afterward, we went home and warmed up with some French Toast, and then I got busy cooking our Thanksgiving dinner...I'd say no rest for the weary, but thankfully, I'm in decent enough shape that I can run a 5K and not feel tired afterward - let's hear it for consistent exercise!