So I realize I’m a little late in recapping my Thanksgiving day race but I still wanted to share it with you all!
Earlier in the fall, I had been looking into different Turkey trots near the area but was intrigued by doing a 10k instead of a 5k. I enjoy running long distances and figured what better time than on Thanksgiving! Tons of food to refuel on.
I was actually feeling really good with my distances until I gave blood but that’s a different story. By Monday of last week, I was starting to feel a little better when running and figured I’d rest on Wednesday to try and be my best for Thursday.
I was running with my dad and brother so we woke up, drove to the race, (saw this beautiful sunrise), and were super early. I was okay with that because we had plenty of time to get our race bibs and warm up a little.
The race started around 9 so shortly before we made our way to the starting line. I was feeling a little nervous but had already “had a talk” with myself that it was okay if I needed to walk or slow down or just take it easy. My body wasn’t itself so there was nothing I could do about it and I didn’t want to push myself beyond my limits.
So when I started, I was just lightly jogging. It seemed like it took forever to get to mile 1 but once I was there I felt accomplished. The 2nd mile flew by. The 3rd and 4th were pretty rough and I think the only thing that got me through were the runners nearby. They weren’t doing anything in particular but their casual conversation (one was a man running to encourage his friend) helped me push through. 5 and 6 were bad but mainly because I knew I was almost there.
I think the best thing about this race was the scenery. Few cars were on the road and the morning was sunny but just hazy enough. We ran past fields, some creeks, and plenty of wooded areas. It was just beautiful. And that was enough to be thankful for.
Once done, I found my dad and brother- both speedsters, and we headed back to our car and drove home.
It ended up being a really fun race and a wonderful way to start the holiday. I enjoy themed races like this because it’s an ‘extra’ reason to run.
Have a great day!