The race took place in Newark, Delaware Saturday morning and was the Annual Turkey Trot. It was FREEZING outside and silly me was not prepared for that. I totally was rocking capri yoga pants and a hoodie...I was so cold! Anyways...there was a 10k that was followed by a 5k. My badass friend ran the 10k AND the 5k, she's amazing!
|Running my 2nd 5k!|
Turkey Trot 2013
|My friend and I getting ready to run!|
The first 5k I did was in September and it was pretty much the same situation. I didn't train for it at all, but at least I was regularly going to the gym and wasn't in terrible shape. This time, after a European vacation and a lack of motivation to get to the gym...I knew it was going to be terrible. I still wanted to try to be around the same time as my first one which was 39:17, but I also knew how bad of shape I was in so I ended up giving myself a 45:00 goal so I wouldn't be too disappointed. At first I planned on just walking it because I would have been sad if my time didn't improve, but just being there I was motivated to run as much as I could and that is what I decided to do.
I tried to keep a slow pace and run as long as I could without stopping for the first leg of the race. The 1st 5k I made it 1.5 miles without stopping before I reached a hill and had to walk. This time...I seriously was struggling around the .75 mile mark. I think I may have stopped for 5 seconds and then kept running, I was pretty mad at myself that I was struggling already but was determined to try my best.
The course this time was pretty hilly which meant annoying uphill walks but easy downhill jogs...that helped alot! I probably ran about 75% of the race and I was pretty proud of myself how I stepped up and tried my hardest, especially during the last mile. I def struggled but I gave it my all. The WORST thing in the world happened to me at the 2.5 miles marker....less than a mile to go and MY PHONE DIED! No more music, no more run keeper to motivate me. UGH...awful. Try running your hardest the last .1 mile of the race without a motivating Britney Spears Stronger blasting in your ears....brutal.
When I was nearing the finish line I saw the crowd cheering everyone on and that really is the best feeling! Especially when you have friends there screaming your name...it feels wonderful. I sprinted the last .1 mile and seriously felt like I was going to collapse, but I had to finish strong. Also...side note...everyone knows there are always a couple of people running around you that during the race you always have a little competition with...so of course I had to sprint to finish before them...haha :)
When I saw the time on the clock I was pretty upset with myself...I didn't beat my previous time. I finished the race at 40:30...over a minute slower than before. I was kinda sad but I also expected that outcome. But hey...I did better than what I thought I would do!
So the time wasn't awesome and the placing makes me want to cry...yikes...544 people finished before me...kinda embarrassing considering I ran a lot for me. Oh well...at least I went and tried my best. Now I have something to work towards right!? I can't wait to sign up for another one and this time I HOPE I actually train so I can beat my best time!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm no expert but my advice is to enjoy yourself and worry about the scale the next day. :)