I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I try to be thankful all year but sometimes I am an asshole and selfish and forget (so if you put up an Insta pic on Thanksgiving that said just that to try to make me feel bad, you succeeded). Anyway, I love a nice reminder of how good my life is and I love spending time with family and I love eating (for two) so it is always a great day for me.
Another reason to love Thanksgiving is the TURKEY TROT! Running weather around the time of year is always pretty great and the races are usually fun and full of people in turkey hats ready to burn some calories before eating until they hate themselves.
This year, I decided to run the Morristown Turkey Trot again. I ran it few years ago and swore to never do it again because of the ridiculous climb during the second mile. I was originally going to run the same trot as I had last year (Chatham Turkey Trot) but it filled up before I remembered to register. Steph promised (or I am forcing her, it’s up for debate) to run a race with me each month of this pregnancy so we signed up last minute. Before the race decided we would try to run < 9:00 miles (or as fast as I could go without getting aggressive).
The first mile was rough and felt like I was running in the sand and I immediately decided to “run casually” because I like to give up easily. The second mile was also rough because of the climb mentioned above. I did feel good about myself because I kept running when many others were walking (and no one wants to get outrun by a pregnant lady and I outran some people). The third mile started downhill and ended flat so it was easy to pick up the pace, plus my warmup issues were over by then and I felt pretty good (just in time to finish and stop running).
We finished in 26:22 (8:29 average, splits were 8:38, 8:38, 8:05). I saw the time on the clock and was really happy. To be cheesy, I thought about how thankful I was that I am still able to run (relatively well) this far into the pregnancy. To be not-cheesy, I felt great about still being able to pass some people and finish strong (it is a race after all).
I am already excited to work on my speed again after this baby and to run another turkey trot next year (and drink wine on holidays and every day).
Who else turkey-trotted this year?