This year’s Thanksgiving was kicked off with a good ol’ Turkey Trot. There were several to choose from in my area, and I chose the race at St. Leonard School and Church. I wanted to support St. Leonard, as I have a connection to the school, and the registration was only $20.00! I really couldn’t go wrong!
I wish I had more to write in this section. Over the last few weeks, my running has been more sporadic than I would have liked. I did a sprint workout about 3 weeks ago that aggravated my feet (plantar fasciitis) and I had to take some time to rest as well. What I did try over the last month since my last race is running with a metronome. I ran at 172 BPM (180 is considered optimal for efficiency) which was a reasonable increase from my usual 160 ish to try and increase speed.
I put together a new holiday workout mix to accompany me on this run and my workouts as we cruise into Christmas. You can check it out here! I have a mix of some older songs and some brand new ones that I am super excited about!
One of the things I “stress” about is my outfits for races (and for training). I am a newbie to cold weather running and don’t want to dress too hot or too cold. I have relied heavily this year on Runner’s World’s What to Wear Tool for guidance in this area and then make tweaks from there based on what is in my closet. I have to say that this time around I nailed it! (Outfit details are listed at the bottom of this post.)
I arrived at the venue about 45 minutes prior to start time which gave me time to warm up and use the restroom. There were a lot more people running and walking that I anticipated, but it was neat to see so many familiar faces. The thing about Turkey Trots, this one at least, is a lot of people that don’t normally race come out for the event. I think it is awesome to see racers of all ages. There was a solid crew of what I assume were high school cross country runners that totally smoked the course! I think the top finisher’s time was 16 minutes flat…seriously!
Ready, Set Go!
We lined up in the corral and counted down till the starting buzzer and we were off. This was one of the more crowded starting lines that I can remember so the first quarter mile was a lot of bobbing and weaving but it spaced out pretty quickly after that. I probably could have used a better warm up for this race. My legs just felt heavy. I was lacking the usual pep in my step. About a mile in I was starting to feel the fight to keep pace, so I picked someone up ahead of me to stick with. It just so happened that the racer going about my pace was a young girl who couldn’t have been any older than 10! I was just amazed at her grind as she ran. This girl, and many of the other young kids, ran with perfect form too! Motivation comes from anywhere and everywhere, right?! It didn’t take long to realize that I couldn’t keep up with her as she slowly moved further and further in front of me.
This was a nice flat course through neighborhoods and a portion was on the local bike trail. This was by far the friendliest course I have ever run on! They had the usual volunteers cheering and pointing the way on the course, but also some of the neighbors came out to the ends of their driveways to cheer and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! There was even one house where a garage band was set up in the driveway to play! They were really good too!
Right around the 2 mile mark my shoe came untied so I had to pull over to tie it. It is always hard for me to stop like that and get back going again, but the other racers pushed me to get there. I had checked my watch around the 2 mile mark and it was 15 minutes and something. I thought, “no way am I going that fast”, but I realized that I would probably have a strong finish so I kept pushing. I got to the 1/4 mile left and still had some gas in the tank so I picked it up and sprinted to the finish line. I didn’t stick around after the race although they had one of the best post race spreads I have ever seen of cookies and other homemade baked goods along with the usual bananas and water. Food safety is a part of my job, so I am always a bit leery of homemade foods, but they still looked great! I grabbed a bottle of water and headed home so I could start on my Thanksgiving green beans.
The race stats posted about an hour after I got home. My official time was 24:04 which met my goal of a sub 25! However, my PR for 5K is 23:59….and had I not had to stop to tie my shoes I might have set a new record! Grr! I placed second in my age group, and missed first by 2 seconds! Another grrr! Next time I will be sure to double knot! Overall I am really happy with how I finished and the kick off to the Holiday Season!
Race Day Outfit:
It was 33 degrees at the race start, but was sunny which helped a ton, with little to no wind.
We will go top to bottom:
Head: Trailheads Ponytail Headband
TrailHeads Women’s Power Ponytail Headband – black
Sunglasses: Rivbos Polarized Sport Sunglasses :RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses Driving Glasses for Men Women Tr90 Unbreakable Frame for Cycling Baseball Running Rb831 (Black&Black Mirror Lens)
Neck Gaiter: If I am being honest, I stole my husbands old neck gaiter from his ski team days. It is a thick and fairly narrow. I don’t have a link for this.
Base Layer: Saucony Dash Seamless Long Sleeve in Pink
Mid Layer: Adidas Dry Fit Top (I don’t have a link for this, it was an old hand me down from my sister 🙂 )
Running Tights: Mid Rise Run Leggings from Old Navy in Tall! I have had these for a few years, so the link is not to the exact pair I have, but the closest thing to it. Old Navy has a lot of good athleticwear that is affordable and comes in tall! I am 5’9 with ape arms, so I appreciate the extra length!
Gloves: Head Gloves – I got mine at Costco and love them! also text friendly and available on Amazon
Head Multi-Sport Running Gloves with SENSATEC-Black (Medium)
Socks: Feetures Elite Merino+Ultra Light no show tab socks. These are my absolute favorite socks! They never slide down when I’m running and the merino keeps my toes warm and wicks away sweat!
Shoes: Saucony Kinvara 8. I love these shoes! After having a Summer of foot issues, these were the only ones that were comfortable and allowed me to train!
Skin: I always make sure to protect my skin. In addition to my daily moisturizer I use Thinksport Everyday Face Tinted Sunscreen. They use all safe ingredients. I use their Thinkbaby sunscreen on my kids.
Thinksport Everyday Face Sunscreen, Naturally Tinted, Currant, 2 Ounce