Saturday, November 26, 2011

Race Report: Walnut Creek Turkey Trot 5k

One of my all time favorite days to run is Thanksgiving morning.  It always feels great to get in a few good miles before the feasting begins.  This year was no exception and Kevin and I lined up for our 5th year in a row for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.  While we lived in Sacramento it was Run to Feed the Hungry, last year was the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot and this year we decided to run in the Walnut Creek Turkey Trot. 

When the alarm went off I heard rain on windows.  I actually don't mind running in the rain but always have a hard time deciding what to wear as the rain always makes me think it is colder than it really is.  I went with long sleeves with a tank underneath, capris and my favorite Northface headband.  Around mile 1.5 I was regretting the long sleeves (which is why I usually just wear arm warmers) but knowing I only had 1.5 miles to go I resisted the urge to stop and take it off.

I hadn't picked up our race packets before hand so we left at 6:30 am because I wasn't sure about traffic, parking, etc.  Needless to say we had our packets and were back in the car by 6:55 am with an hour and five minutes to go before the race started at 8:00.  I spent the whole time massaging my back with the stick as it was a little tight from my run the day prior and giving me a little bit of trouble.   

We walked over to the start around 7:50 and easily got a spot in the 9:00-10:00 minute mile corral and the rain was just starting to let up at this point.  We were both signed up for the 10k but I told Kevin that if my back started to tighten up I was going to cut out at the 5k split.  I had no goals for this race other than to have fun so it was not worth being in pain for.

The gun fired and we were off.  One thing about Turkey Trots is they usually allow baby joggers (I guess a lot of 5ks do for that matter) so I spent a good portion of mile one dodging them (that's what happens when you are slow).  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE that families are out there together and I fully intend on continuing the Turkey Trot tradition with a baby jogger when I have kids but I promise to be considerate and stay to the far left or right so people don't have to go around me. 

Around mile 1.5 I felt the all to familiar twinge of of my muscles tightening in my back.  I told myself to just try and stick it out but I have been having such successful (short, but successful) runs lately I didn't want to push my luck and knew I would be much happier to finish a shorter race pain free than a longer race in pain.  When I finally caught Kevin I told him I was going to duck out at the 5k but for him to continue on with the 10k.  Once I knew I only had less than 1.5 miles to go I picked up the pace and really enjoyed the rest of the race. 

Mile 1: 10:43
Mile 2: 10:18
Mile 3: 10:03
Mile .1: 9:55
Total: 32:00 (10:21 avg)

I have clearly lost a lot of speed over this past year being injured but this past month I have been completing runs without having to stop and walk (a huge improvement) so I consider that a success and a step in the right direction to being healed!

I got in some good stretching and ran into a friend waiting for Kevin to finish - he wasn't too far behind me!

There wasn't much time to hang out after though as we had an important person to go see:

My nephew was born on November 22 and was still in the hospital on Thanksgiving which was only minutes from where the race finished.  I am so in love with the little guy (even though he looks a little terrified of me in this picture!)  He was scheduled to be born on November 28th but decided he wanted to make his appearance a little bit early.  He is healthy, happy and truly blessed to have two of the best parents in the whole world - and of course, the best uncle and auntie in the whole world. :)

From there we rushed home as I had a turkey to get in the oven.  We hosted my family and Kevin's parents for Thanksgiving.

Today we got in a good ride with great company and tomorrow I get to catch up with one of my best friends and my godson.

There are just too many cute babies in my life!

2011 has brought me so much to be thankful for - I am such a lucky a girl.  I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your families!
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  1. That's lots of babies there missy =).

    Yay for turkey trotting. I finished about similar pace to you. My endurance is slowly coming back. I want to be running long runs again.

  2. how cute is your nephew? happy belated thanksgiving :)


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