Friday, November 29, 2013

Turkey Trot 5K Recap!

For the fourth year in a row, we participated in the local Turkey Trot 5K - only this year, our kids didn't run because they were "tired" from having "real jobs" and wanted to "sleep in" - sigh.  Times change.  It's OK; I know they've both been working a lot of hours and were ready for a couple of days of down time, so we left them and Paco to sleep in and enjoy the warm house.

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!

14 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! What a fun way to start of Thanksgiving! And a speedy 5K with the 1:1 intervals! So happy your hamstring is cooperating! :)

    You look so cute! Love your jacket!

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    1. Thanks! I was shappy with our time (shocked + happy). :)

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  2. Fun, Fun, Fun! What a great way to start Thanksgiving. Hope you had a great day with your boys.

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  3. Very fun, and what a good blogger, to write a race recap after a 5K and Thanksgiving dinner. How nice that the race included 1 mile run so everyone can participate. It does put a healthy spin on the day, doesn't it?

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    1. Actually I wrote this shortly after the race, when I was covered in blankets, trying to warm up. But I'd already given myself permission to not write it in time for today's post...and then I got it done really fast. Maybe I should do that for all my future posts, lol!

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  4. I love that you girls were matchy matchy even in your cold weather gear! Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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    1. Matchy-matchy without even planning! We are in sync, that's for sure. :)

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  5. I love this new tradition Shelley! Too bad the boys wanted to sleep in, but I get it. Hannah had to be at work at 5:30 yesterday morning! But she got time and a half and I'll catch up with her tomorrow for coffee. :D

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  6. Brrrrr.... cold race for you, although it would be nice to be in the 30s around here again LOL!

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  7. YAY! YOu look fabulous (and you didn't look cold!!!)

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  8. Great job!! Great way to start the day!!! We had 9 for our start. So cold, and I really wanted to stay home!!!!

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  9. Wow, I can't believe how cold it was there! 32 is within my perfect running weather range, but I'm sure it's a shock for Texas :) That's cool that your time was so much faster than what you've been doing lately, sounds like you're on the mend!

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  10. Jumping in weeks later to say that I always love your race recaps. Gobble gobble!

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