Turkey Day and 5k


Another 5k and no PR this time. I was feeling extra confident from the 5k we did last Sunday and thought I could really go for it.



My friend Amy and I decided to run the Turkey Trot together Thursday morning with a secret goal of 25:50 (8:20 pace).  After the 5k I did last Sunday, I thought I could push the pace a lot and get into the 25’s. I haven’t done any 5k races for almost two years so I was ready to lower my time. The 5k on Sunday had a huge steep hill at the very end that I walked but I wasn’t that tired earlier in the race running around an 8:30-8:40 pace. This made me think that I could go faster on Thanksgiving and it backfired. Amy doesn’t have a Garmin and I told her I would keep us at 8:20 as much as possible. I didn’t realize that when you are huffing and puffing running a 5k faster than you probably should you can’t really talk and tell your running partner you’ve lost it. There were so many people at the start of the race (3,500 runners) so we started off slow because of the crowd. I tried to pick it back up to get to our goal pace. We hit mile 1 at 8:21 and I thought now I could calm down and just keep the pace right at 8:20 without so many people around to push through. I didn’t realize that we had picked the pace up to about a 7:50 in order to get mile 1 to 8:21. Not a great idea for me. Soon after mile 1 there was a hill I wasn’t expecting and I was already exhausted. Amy took off like a champ and I started to fall behind.


After mile 1.5 I could see Amy in the distance and I started to walk because I felt like I was near death. I picked it back up to a 8:40-8:50 pace after walking a minute and ended up walking again after mile 2 for another minute. That earlier pace just did me in and I couldn’t recover. At the end I felt horrible and sat on the sidewalk for a couple minutes but I wasn’t upset. It just wasn’t my day and apparently I am a horrible pacer 😉

Amy killed it and held on until the end and finished 25:38!!! It definitely was her day and she was all smiles 🙂  I can’t wait for her to sign up for the local spring marathon with me this year so we can train together (hint, hint!).


After the race Colby and I ate two Thanksgiving dinners! We started with a great meal at his family’s house, digested and then got to my parent’s house.  I really piled on my Mom’s sweet potatoes (Barefoot Contessa recipe) and stuffing that was nice and crispy from cooking in muffin tins.


I really over-did it with the huge plate, but why not? I waited a few minutes then squeezed some pumpkin pie in for the night.


Colby still looking nice after our second dinner with his big plate of turkey.


And… me.  Happy to be eating more food and in a t-shirt and sweatpants.  As soon as I got to my parent’s I made more room for food and got out of my jeans and sweater.  It was worth it 🙂


No Black Friday shopping for me. The only thing I did was download a new YogaDownload workout I’ve been waiting to get until there was a holiday sale. This Black Friday 40% off sale is good on all their videos/mp3s and lasts until Monday night.  I’ve been waiting to try out their new Ashtanga Primary Series Lite 60 minute class until there was a sale and I tried it out yesterday to try to heal my sore muscles. I was actually really sore from the 5k. I ended up finishing it with some ab work and push-ups/ tricep dips because I haven’t been able to get to a BodyPump class in a week. I’m feeling it today and waiting until it warms up in the next hour to go out for my 10-miler! I keep forgetting I have another half-marathon next weekend! Yikes!


Posted on November 26, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Not every race can be a PR (although I struggle to remember that at times!) Your plate looks delicious 🙂

  2. Don’t beat yourself up over your race..you still had a great time! Haha I like how you changed for your second meal. I had to strategically pick what to wear: no waistband!

  3. I agree with the first comment that not every race is a PR, as much as I’d like it to be 😉

  4. I have to thank you for making me start off strong! I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t maintain, but I surprised myself. Of course, I paid for it Friday :). Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. Your meal looked delish!!!

  5. Sounds like you had a great thanksgiving!

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