It has been SO LONG since I’ve written a race recap! I raced whole lot last year, and part of what made me want to start a running-focused blog was reading all the other fitness blogger’s race recaps. I mean, as runners we put our heart and soul into preparing for a race! So naturally, we want to talk about it after the fact.
But what non-runner wants to listen to that?
No one. Literally not one person.
So after updating my 3-5 friends who actually run on how the race went, I’m kind of out of listening ears. BUT THE INTERNET IS FULL OF INFINITE EARS. Or eyes. Or…whatever.
So, I decided that I was feeling ready to race again, and signed up for a turkey trot in a neighboring town. I’ve run this race before, and so I was super excited to run it again. For me, running is part of how I manage the stress of the holidays. I routinely jog on Christmas morning, too, and it just puts me in a positive mindset for the rest of the day. I love that there are so many Thanksgiving morning race options; it gives me a really wonderful burst of joy to kick off the holiday season.
The Dedham Turkey Trot 5k starts and ends at a beautiful, historic mansion called the Endicott Estate just outside the Boston city limits. All the proceeds go to support a local food bank, and over 3000 people regularly show up to run this race each year. Somehow, though, it never feels chaotic or out of order. The town of Dedham does an amazing job organizing everything, each and every year. Registration was quick and easy, announcements were timely and helpful, there were snacks and entertainment and a clearly marked race route. It was a relaxing experience all in all!
I asked my dad to take a picture of me at the start line, because I have been using the same 4 running photos in all of my posts since June, which makes me a pathetic excuse for a blogger. I’m not a selfie person, guys! It’s hard!
Anywho, my dad, being a dad, took the photo from a low crouched position. Thanks, dad. Now I look even shorter and stumpier than I normally do. Fun. Great. Excellent. Only picture from the day. Here you go:
It was about 35 degrees when I left my house, so I went with insulated leggings, an insulated wicking top, a vest, a headband and gloves. It was close to 40 by the time we got running, but I was still super comfortable throughout the 3.1 miles in my warm gear.
The first mile always feels a little crowded. This year was no exception. I had to weave a lot for that first mile, and I did a bit of running on the sidewalks to get ahead of the crowd. The first mile is also the flattest of my race, and I tried to keep that in mind as I sped past runner after runner. My first mile was my fastest at 8:49, and I was feeling pretty good as the course got a bit hillier.
By mile two I had escaped most of the crowd, and settled into a more comfortable pace for some hillier terrain. I skipped the 1.5 mile water station, and finished my second mile in 9:00 flat.
I was a little tired by mile 3, but I was determined to keep up with this incredibly fast little kid and his parents who I’d been running near the whole time. Does anyone else do this when they’re running a race on thier own? Pick another random runner who they try to stick with throughout the race? I was just so impressed that an elementary school kiddo was seriously keeping up with the crowd. I ended up running the third mile in 8:55.
Once we turned into the driveway of the Endicott Estate and the finish was in sight, the little kid took off, leaving his parents and me in the dust. Like, I have no idea where he got that kind of energy from, but mark my words he will be an Olympian someday.
I finished in a totally respectable 27:42, and felt great the whole time. words cannot describe how amazing it was to be racing again. I had no issues with leg pain or ankle pain, even after twisting my ankle a bit that previous Monday. I absolutely loved every minute of this race, friends!!
After the race, I showered off, threw on some makeup and curled my hair, and headed out for dinner. My sister-in-law outdid herself (once again) and I had such a wonderful afternoon eating and catching up with my family,
I hope all of your Thanksgivings were at least as wonderful as mine!
Now You Tell Me…
- How do you manage holiday stress?
- What are your thanksgiving traditions?