|Hanging with Mr. Turkey before the Turkey Trot|
I'm sure all of your Thanksgivings were merry and bright..err.. wrong holiday... Well, you get my drift.
Wed. night Turtle, I and his sister piled in the car and made our trek home to Cleveland, with our usual Subway stop on the way. As we went, I got a message from a runner friend telling me there was a good chance I'd place if I ran the Turkey Trot the next day.
Don't have to tell me twice!
I spent the remainder of the trip plotting and scheming ways I could fit this in the schedule (and find someone to go with me because I am not parking downtown by myself and what fun is a race all alone?)
Going thru my short list of potential candidates (in order of most likely to go) I was quickly at 2 strikes. Then, I went in for brother #2. I pulled out allllll the stops. There were pouty faces (facetime is very handy for this), whining, pleading, guilting and the kicker: bonding time. Shockingly, he said yes! I whooped and promptly hung up to hydrate and scrounge up an outfit from what clothes I still have at my mom's.
|Such a good brother!|
The Turkey Trot had perfect weather, with sunny skies, little wind and about 45 degrees at gun time. The race went by really quickly, and I gotta say, it was really nice not having to do 8 more miles when I got to the finish line at mile 5! I could get used to that......
|Done already?! Awesome!|
Since it was only a 5 mile race, my usual going out too fast habit never turned off. I ended up sprinting the whole race! With an average pace of 6:48, my finishing time was 34:00:02!!!!
I was completely floored! I had told my brother to start watching out for me between 35-40 minutes, closer to the 35, but I had not at all expected to finish even in 35 minute at all. I was completely floored when I got in under that!
I ended up coming in 7th in my division, which I was a little dissappointed about. But then I thought about how well I did and got over it (it also helped that it wasn't even close since the top 3 in my division came in a good 2-3 minutes before me).
|I think they need to restock|
The rest of the holiday weekend was great. I did 2 more morning runs (a 5 and 7 mile). I did some serious damage to Michael's canvas stock, completely looting them of their 18" x 24" canvases.
And I had a great time hanging out with friends and family. I can't wait til Christmas when we can do it all again!
|A rare moment of my siblings and I with our spouses all together in the same place!|