Turkey Trotting it up

Group shot pre-run

I know I said I was going to wait until tomorrow to post about the Turkey Trot, but…I lied.  If you follow my twitter updates, then you already know I finished in under 40 minutes.  I’m not sure of the exact time yet, but I ran in with the clock at 40:09 and I know the clock had more than nine seconds on it when I crossed the start line.  So at least 39min & something.  Depending on how far the clock was at when I started I may even be better.  Who woulda thought?

As I’ve mentioned before, last year’s turkey trot went a little differently.  After finishing dead last in last year’s trot it feels pretty damn good to have run the whole damn thing, and under 40 minutes too!  Next year I’ll aim for under 35 minutes.  Haha, we’ll see.

Me & Dad after the race

Running in the rain…and snow!

I just ran 3 miles without stopping for the first time ever.  Yeah, did you just ask if that’s the same distance as a 5K?  Well, a 5K is 3.1 miles actually, but who’s counting?  I might just make running the damn turkey trot next week.  It will be slow going, but I’ll make it.

For some reason this week, despite running every morning, my weight has been pretty consistently 243-246.  I’d be frustrated if it weren’t for the fact that I’m doing pretty well on my the whole running goal front.  I’d still like to drop to under 240 by Sunday, but that may be a pipe dream now.  We shall see!

Things learned while running

I did this awhile back ago about walking, and I thought it would be fun to do the same thing for running.  So here are some random tidbits I’ve picked up while running:

  • If I don’t stop before the halfway mark I will most likely make it all the way without stopping.
  • If I do stop before the halfway mark good luck getting me to start running again!
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a cute girl to motivate me to previously unobtainable feats of exercise.
  • Also, don’t underestimate the power of my own laziness.
  • After running for a mile I’m not sure how much faster me running is compared to a good walking pace.
  • To be honest I’m not sure how much faster my normal running pace is compared to a good walking pace.
  • Somehow I can always count on a surge of energy when I reach the end to finish strong.
  • Cool down walks are a must.
  • I’ve never vomited after exercising, but I now understand why some people do after running.
  • Slow and steady wins the race, right?  I’ll take the tortoise any day of the week.

Yesterday morning I ran for 1.7 miles at just around 23 minutes.  I think that means if I’m able to run the whole Turkey Trot I can probably get it done in 45-50 minutes.  That’ll be what I’m shooting for!

Turkey Trot Challenge

Last year was the first year that I did a Turkey Trot. I posted the pic of my finish earlier on the blog. It was not pretty, to say the least. But given the shape I was in, I was immensely proud of myself for having finished it. Even if it was dead last. This year I’ve decided to up the ante, and I figure posting it here will make it real.

I’m going to run the damn thing! I may not run all the way, but I’m going to at least try and see how far I get. I walked the 4th of July 5K in 58 minutes, so I think if I can run the Turkey Trot in 40-45 minutes that would be pretty damn good. Hell, just beating my 4th of July time will be good enough for me!

I’ve been working on my running stamina by mixing up running in my solo walks. It’s not easy, but I’ll get there!