Hello! I can’t wait to hear how everyone’s Thanksgiving was! I’m just popping in to let you know I made it through my entire Turkey Day 10K, in fact, I actually did just about as well as I did two years ago before I was injured! I don’t have a lot of pictures because I don’t think I ran in front of the official photographer and my family was participating. My doctor suggested that I run on the right side of the street since my left leg is a tiny bit shorter to help balance out the pressure on my back. Therefore I ended up running most of the time, kind of away from the pack and photographers that were on the side of the road.
I really couldn’t be happier with my time or splits, it finally feels like I’m a runner again and now I’m finally back to where I was before I got injured. That little bit of new found confidence totally made waking up at 5:30am on a Thanksgiving to go run 6 miles totally worth it! Of course my watch was a bit off from the actual chip time, but I’m going with my watch because that was under nine minute miles, that was in the eights!
It’s a two loop course so around this point the 10K loops a second time. This is always the hardest and best part of the race for me because I know it’s half done but I also start to run out of steam knowing I have to run the whole thing again. This year I saw a LT member and started running with him a bit before I broke off to go back to the right side of the street.
4mi- 9:13--> stopped to stretch out my hip, it wasn’t bothering me too bad but I didn’t want it to tighten up on me.
Between 4 and 5 miles is when we started to pass some of the 5K walkers with strollers and dogs. I knew my family was walking with Nala and I really wanted to find them, so I played a little game with myself. I’d find a brown dog, if it wasn’t them I’d tell myself I just have to run to the next brown dog to find them and so on. Finally at 5.65 miles I found them! Usually at the end of a race I’m so excited to see Mr. Hungry waiting for me that’s what motivates me to finish strong. This time I had to find them to get the motivation I needed!
last .27 sprint 7:59/mile
I can’t believe I ran in a t-shirt and pants, in the past years it’s been so cold I could barely stand it. This year was unbelievably warm, which was actually really nice! The official results with chip timing are below.
Nala’s First 5K
Mr. Hungry decided to walk with Nala which overall went pretty well. She often runs 2-3 miles with me but running with her takes some extreme focus on her part otherwise she just wants to bite the leash and pretty much be a menace. With so many people around we figured it’d be impossible to keep her focused enough to safely run, so Mr. Hungry walked her with his Mom and Dad. Apparently she stopped to go number 2 twice on the walk but otherwise behaved well. At only 9 months old we figured it would be great socialization for her!
Overall the race was super fun and a huge confidence builder for me, can’t wait to see what’s next!
Note this post is auto-posting as I am working Black Friday at the gym!
Did you workout or run on Thanksgiving?
Do you take your dogs to races?
Are you off to buy stuff today or do you have a good Black Friday story?