This morning dawned gray and foggy. Thankfully, it wasn’t cold. As I headed out the door to my third running of the neighborhood turkey trot, the volunteer at our corner commented on my short commute. Yeah, this was my kind of run – start line is a half mile from my house and the race runs right past the house so the kids can always cheer me on.
I look like I’m enjoying myself, don’t I? Yeah, well, it hurt a lot more than it appears.
I took the long way to the start of the run so that I could get in a mile warm up. They hit their max of 2000 runners this year, so the start line was seriously crowded. They also totally changed the route, so while it was not quite as hilly as before, it was still hilly and it had a ton of turns. The turns ended up not being a lot of fun thanks to the crowds and wet leaves. I forgot to start Garmin, but I think the first mile was about 8:20. Mile 2 was harder on me, but I got to wave to the kids and still managed to pull off 8:29. I hoped to pick it up and still PR, but mile 3 was a less than stellar 8:36. I did, however, manage to kick butt in the last .1 at a pace of 6:05! I picked up speed in order to chic a couple of guys and then I noticed a woman next to me, so I sped up. So did she. So I sped up some more. So did she. We ended up in a flat out sprint to the finish and she barely beat me. I gave it my all though, as I seriously thought I might puke right there at the finish line. In fact, I postponed my planned two extra miles for a while until I could breathe again. Finally, after checking the board and realizing that my measly 26+ minute run was nowhere near the AG winners (all right at 21 minutes), I ran another mile home, for 7 miles for the day.
The best cheering crew ever!
Just a wee bit foggy out…
All in all, it wasn’t a bad day, just not a PR day. Oh well. At least I got 7 miles in for the HBBC and as calorie expenditure for dinner LOL. We went out to Beer Geek’s dad’s for dinner, where his stepmom cooked a wonderful meal. Tomorrow we’ll be doing Thanksgiving with friends from college. I have a feeling I’ll be eating even more there, so maybe I should find another race tomorrow morning.
Walking – 1.5
7 F/V – 1
Total – 2.5
Running – 7
7 F/V – 1
Total – 8
Weekly total – 28
(Good thing I’ve done well so far – tomorrow may be 0 points, unless one considers beer and wine my fruit and veggies LOL)