First, on the lighter side, today the kids and I ran the Greater Derry Track Club‘s 40th annual Turkey Trot 5K… but please read the whole post. I get a little mush. Hey, at least it’s not your turkey.
The day was so much better than Sunday – who knew what a difference 9 degrees makes? It was 29 Fahrenheit (about -2 C) at the start. A lot of people wear turkey themed hats and costumes, but I decided to dress as a chef. It took me three or four people telling me that “you look great, James” before I remembered that my name was embroidered on my chef’s coat sleeve.
Now as for having a good showing on your next 5K, there are a few tips I’d like to share.
- Floppy chef’s hats are not aerodynamic.
- Chef’s coats are not performance wear.
- An apron that goes past your knees is going to drag up your thigh and create friction on your knees. It will slow you down.
- The passed down family heirloom rolling pin that seemed like such a great idea when you left the house? It’s awesome when you’re posing with the turkey before the race. After about a half a mile, however… that’s about when you’re going to realize that it weighs 1 pound 7.5 ounces. 670 grams.
- After the first mile, you’ll believe it weighs three times that much.
- After the second mile, you’ll KNOW it weighs three times that much!
- Dressing up like a chef and hauling a 23.5 ounce rolling pin around for a 5K on Thanksgiving morning is FUN!
I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. I ran the first mile with the rolling pin held like an Olympic torch. Before long, I had it tucked in like a football. Seemed appropriate…
Race stats according to Garmin (click the link for all the geeky details):
- 3.12 miles
- 26:46.6 – a new 5K PR!
- 8:36 per mile
- Fastest mile: 8:09
Both C and I have jobs we enjoy. Everyone in the family is healthy. I’ve walked and run over 600 miles this year, and in spite of bursitis, bone spurs, and a ganglion cyst issue, I’m running well, have experienced no injuries, and my fitness is steadily improving.
I’m grateful for this opportunity. I’m grateful for the people around me who make it possible. If you’re reading this, chances are, you’re part of that. Friends, family, colleagues, total strangers, everyone with Team In Training at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society… Whether you’ve shared a link to my fundraising page on Facebook or Twitter, or donated, or encouraged me, or bought eggs, photography equipment, photos… Or maybe you just encouraged me. Told me, “great job!” Sometimes I need that more than anything. Thank you.
I’m grateful for Rob, who helped me realize that the fundraising was not as daunting as I thought it was, and helped me realize that it wasn’t just possible, but that it’s important, and it should be done. Thank you.
I’m also grateful if you road your bike next to me when I went for a run. Or went for a run with me. Or coached me. Too many of you to call out individually… but I’m thinking about you, and I’m grateful. Thank you!
Oh, here’s another reason to be grateful. When I talked about the Runner’s World Holiday Streak at work, you thought it was a great idea, and made it happen. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Jackie and Jenny (I have awesome coworkers)! Thank you!
Last, for she who didn’t bat an eyelash when I said I was going to run. Not just any marathon, the Boston Marathon. Not just any year, but the year after the bombings. You knew this was going to be a long and sometimes difficult journey. Lots of training. Lots of races. Lots of carbohydrate focused dinners. Many pairs of running shoes. And so much more.