Thanksgiving is a day of eating or at least in my house it is. So I was happy to register for the Turkey Trot St. Paul, at least I could burn a few calories before I consumed twice the suggested amount for a 30-something year old women.
On Thanksgiving morning I got up bright and early to get ready for the race. I decided to be festive so I picked out a fun outfit.
And when I got to the start I saw a lot of great costumes! I won’t lie, the start was a little overwhelming with all the people, strollers and dogs. This is a very family friendly race so I had to put myself into a different mindset than most races, I knew it would be a slow and frustrating start. And that is exactly what it was. I spend a lot of time dodging walkers (I even lined up at the 9 minute per mile mark because I knew it would be slow) but I kept telling myself to remember everyone was out to have a good time.
I hate the course this race was on. It is an out and back which for me is its first problem and then add the gradual hills both ways and it is a killer. However, I like making myself run the course because it pushes me outside my comfort zone. And because that course owned me once and I refuse to let it do it ever again.
I am happy to report that the course didn’t own me during the Turkey Trot St. Paul! In fact, when I looked down at my watch just before the three mile mark and I realized I had a real shot at PRing my 5K time (even though the race was a 6K). I decided at that moment I had noting to lose so I picked it up and pushed! I ended up missing the PR by 16 seconds, I wish I would have looked down a little earlier because I know I could have gotten that PR. Oh well, now I have something to shoot for, for my next race!
I always look forward to the finish line but I was even more excited for this one because my mom came with to cheer me on. It is always nice to have someone waiting for you at the finish! I also love how she gets into my races, she made a sign the night before and she was holding when I came across the line.
All in all, it was a good race and a great way to start the day. I pretty sure that I am going to make it tradition to run the Turkey Trot St. Paul on Thanksgiving Day. It was nice to get out and be active before consuming all all that amazing food (and calories).