Thanksgiving morning I ran the Northeast YMCA Turkey Trot 10k in Louisville. It was surprisingly warm for this time of year and it was a really nice morning for a run. There were about 2600 people that participated in either the 10k or 5k - larger than the Evansville Half Marathon! Unfortunately, I don't have any photos because Alan was a goof and forgot to take any (there might or might not have been some tears and threats of pie in the face... :-) )
Mile 1: 11:48 One of my fastest miles ever! I was trying to hold myself back but the course started out downhill so I just kind of let gravity help me along. Somewhere in the first or second mile, one of the volunteers was like "look at her, she's running for two. you go lady!" right as I passed by him...I'm just going to pretend that he was talking about the lady who passed me a couple minutes later with a jogging stroller...
When I hit the 5k mark, it was the fastest I have run one in a race. I don't remember the exact time, but it was in the 39-minute range. I was super excited because I have been working on running faster and it was paying off. By the time I hit mile 4, I thought that there was a chance I might actually finish under an hour and 20 minutes (my goal was to finish in under an hour and 30 minutes).
I walked through the water stop around 3 miles and was looking forward to walking through on the way back to get my strength to run up the hill back to the finish. Except they were packing up the water stop by the time I got there. I have no problem being at the back of the pack, but that is definitely a pet peeve.
When I got to the big hill, I started running up it but walked around halfway up. When I got to the top and rounded the corner, I just shut my eyes and ran as hard as I could for the finish. My official time was 1:24:34. I originally thought that I had PR'd by a little over two minutes, but when I checked, it was actually just under four minutes, boom!
Alan drew me a "photo" of me crossing the finish line :-)
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!