When we knew we would be traveling for the holiday, I started to look for different races in the area since I would be missing the one I usually do here in Newport, RI.
The race I had my eye on was in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park. The original plan was to drive the night before Thanksgiving and that would get us in about midnight or later. I was pretty sure I would feel terrible having to get up so early and run a five mile race.
My friend Diane said she was running a 5k Turkey Trot on Saturday and invited me to run that one with her. I jumped on it. I was so happy to have found a race but most of all, I was going to run with Diane again.
Thanksgiving was wonderful. The food was delicious but most importantly, we were all together. I ate so much, I didn't even have room for pie. No lie. I skipped the pie. The next day, I had two pieces for lunch. Sorry, I am not sorry!
|My sister and I.|
|My beautiful mom.|
|Mom and sis cooking.|
|Mr. RWM carving the turkey.|
|Me, Uncle Jerry and Mr. RWM.|
|Mom, kids, sister and Arrow the dog.|
|Pop-pop and kids.|
After my pie, we took the kids to see the Penguins of Madagascar and there I ate way too much popcorn. The movie was very funny.
That evening, Mr. RWM and I went out with my sister and her boyfriend. I had beer, beef fries and Hawaiian nachos. Do you see where I am going yet?
I knew my stomach would give me problems once I started running.
Getting to the race was easy. I was so happy to see Diane. This was a very small race put on by her daughters school. Very kid friendly. I was sorry mine were not with me. We stayed in the church hall as long as possible to stay warm. It was a bit cooler than I thought it would be. I was happy to have my hat, gloves and jacket.
|Diane and I with the NESQUIK Bunny.|
|Us and the school mascot.|
|Ready to run.|
I knew nothing about this course. Turns out it was full of hills and turns. However, we ran though a neighborhood with some very beautiful homes. It wasn't the hardest course I have run, but it wasn't the easiest either. I think it was the perfect challenge for me.
We went out a little fast and ended up with a 9:50 mile. I had no real goal for this race but figured I would finish at about 32:00.
By the end of mile one, my stomach was laughing at me. My legs felt really good though. Diane was running great and I knew I was holding her back. Miles two 10:39.
I pulled myself together in mile three. Not feeling my best, but better. Diane started to pull ahead of me. I stayed just a few seconds behind her. She looked great! 10:08 for mile three.
Last turn and you can see the finish. It ends on an uphill. Not a huge hill but enough that I just had to laugh out loud. Hill or not, I knew I wanted to finish strong. Final stretch, 9:59.
Not a PR for me. The official time was 31:22 and I am happy with that. Diane did have a PR and I was thrilled for her.
|Diane finishing strong!|
|I am in the pink hat.|
Mr. RWM and I stayed and watched the awards and enjoyed a little extra time with Diane and her family. I would do this race again if I am able. Nice course, well run, Philly pretzels at the end. What more can you ask for? Thanks for inviting me Diane!
This 5K is officially my last race of the year. I ran seventeen races this year. Still planning on running less races next year, but some are just so easy to say yes too.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Did you run a Turkey Day race?
Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole