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2009 Turkey Trot 5K

This past Thursday, Thanksgiving, I ran my first Turkey Trot 5K.

We’ll get to that medal later.

The race took place about half an hour from my parents’ house so we were up and out early to make it there on time.

It was sponsored by the teacher’s association in the town so it took place in the school.

This was good because it meant we were inside when we were waiting, not out in the cold, and there were bathrooms to use.

I was nervous about running because of my ankles. The orthopedist advised me not to run, but I was already registered for the race and I really wanted to run. I had run for the first time in two weeks the Tuesday before the race and I did 3.5 miles in 32:17.

We got to the starting line and it took forever for them to actually get us in place and start the race. The race was scheduled to start at 9am, but I don’t think we started until around 9:30.

There were a lot of kids running the race. My dad and I didn’t run together, he wanted to do it for time and he’s much faster than I am. I forgot my iPod in the rush out of the house so unfortunately I had to hear everyone else’s conversations. Eventually I managed to pull away from the kids, who were just kind of playing around, and got into a good pace.

Since I’ve been runing on the treadmill, and since I haven’t been running at all for the past few weeks, I felt like I had a difficult time figuring out my pace. When we got to the first mile there was someone calling out times and I was at 9:42 which I was afraid might be too fast. I like to start out slowly and then speed up as I go along.

My goal was to finish in under 30 minutes, but since I hadn’t been running I decided I’d be ok with whatever my finish time was.

If anything I think I struggled more mentally than physically, but by the time I climbed the big hill and saw the finish line ahead I just sprinted.

When I got close enough to the finish line that I could read the clock I saw it was in the low-28 minutes and I realized I could finish in under 29 minutes! So I put my head down and busted my butt and finished in 28:49!!!!!!!

I was so happy! A new PR despite being injured!

And my dad finished in 25:06! (Yes, it is disturbing to me that a 58 year old man is much faster than I am.)

Unlike our previous 5K we decided to wait around for the awards ceremony. When I was looking at people before, during, and after the race I didn’t see too many people who looked to be in the 20-24 age group so I thought there could be a chance of my getting a medal.

In the end I finished 4th in my age group according to the results, yet they called out my name as finishing 3rd (maybe someone was disqualified or wrongly classified?) so I got a bronze medal!

My dad finished 3rd in the 55-59 age group so he got a medal too!

Overall the Turkey Trot was a huge success. I can’t believe that I’ve taken three and a half minutes off my first 5K time in just a few months.

And I love running with my dad!

I can’t wait to do a 10K and a half marathon with him next year!

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