The morning of the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot was a cold one. The thermometer said it was 27 degrees. I ate my breakfast of Special K and pondered how many layers I was going to need. I decided to go with 2 short sleeve shirts, and 2 long -sleeve shirts, and a fleece zip up jacket - just in case...
I headed out to meet Brian's Aunt Sharon. We were meeting at her office and then heading down to Troy together. The streets were crowded and we luckily found a parking spot. We headed over to the start line and stood with the masses of people. Surprisingly - I wasn't that cold. I think it was because were surrounded by people which kept us warm. More surprisingly - I ran into a couple friends!
The horn blew and were off. Sharon and I immediately separated. (She is faster than me). That was okay though because I had my new Best Friend with me - a.k.a. - my Garmin! I was on a 9 minute pace the first mile. I was feeling good. At 1.5- I was feeling a bit tired. I knew I was going faster than I normally go. And that's when I caught sight of a big hill. And when I say big - I mean STEEP! Very steep. I ended up walking for 1 minute up the hill. That's okay though. I caught my breath and attacked the last mile. I crossed the finish line at 29:17 according to my Garmin. According to the finish clock, I crossed at 29:40. And my Garmin told me I ran 3.17 miles instead of 3.10. So - I am thinking that I started the Garmin too early. Not sure what happened. Regardless - I think it was a respectable time.
I met up with Sharon in our meeting spot and she had finished in 27 minutes. (I told you that she was speedier than me!)
All in all, it was a fun first Turkey Trot. I missed my running buddies though. Janis, Felice, Jen and Jen are all away for Thanksgiving.
Next race is the Jingle Bell Rock on 12/4. And that will be my last race for 2010!