There must be about a half dozen or so Turkey Trots happening around Denver on Thanksgiving day, the biggest being the United Way 4-miler in a very popular running area called Washington Park ("Wash Park" known to us locals). I've done this race a few hundred times in the past - when my daughter was little, we used to go and run/walk with friends. One time my girlfriend from Iowa (Hi Meg) was here visiting and I think 9 of us smashed in my Honda Pilot to get to the start. Fun memories, that turkey trot holds.
Wake up Thanksgiving morning, ready to race..... to a balmy 9 degrees.
Call me a pansy if you wish. It does not matter that I grew up in Iowa, where lawns have been known to stay white for an entire 6 months and that I now live in Colorado, the mecca of winter sports - I just do... not... do... cold... well! I'm not sure when this I-hate-to-be-cold problem started - I used to LOVE to ski but one time going up a ski lift, my toes got so cold and my core was shivering so badly - it took days of countless hot chocolates and scalding showers to thaw out and that was it, I was done downhill skiing. Haven't skied in ages, have no plans of ever doing so again. Snowshoeing, where I can constantly keep moving is another story...but not skiing.
So I send Jim an email: I'm out. Too cold. Pansy. Whatever. Thankfully, he concurred so no guilt on my part. Whew.
Goal #1 accomplished, I got me a number: Official runwithjill Turkey Trot 5K time: 23:51
Avg pace: 7:41
AG placement: 1st
Overall female: 1st
Overall placement: 1st
Post race food: As much turkey (deep fried and smoked, thanks to my brother) as I could shove in my mouth!
Goal #2 accomplished: Absolutely no heel pain.
All I can say to these two accomplishments is Praise the Lord, MIRACLES DO EXIST!
This was not a PR, but as much as I
But, true to form with just about everything in my life lately (whaaaa), I had a miserable 13-miler on Sunday when the heel started screaming at mile 10. Ah yes, the infamous mile 10 of hauntings past. How could I have forgotten you? Oh how I hate you - nothing's changed in your absence! I stopped and stretched and
But this post isn't about that dumb Sunday longish run, this post was about my runwithjil 5K debut so let's just focus on that, pretend the 13 didn't happen, and repeat that 13 next weekend with much better results. Ok? Ok!!!
Holiday Gift Exchange update:
So far we have 53 partaking in what I am sure will be the highlight of your upcoming holiday festivities - the blog fest gift exchange. 53!!! Word is spreading and I couldn't be more pleased (I think). Still lots of time to sign up and spread the love, so please help me in seeing if we can get some sort of Guinness World Record blog holiday exchange going (bonus points to anyone who can tell me what that magical number is!! - Well, I'll just make sure to pair you up with yours truly - how awesome would that be??) Tara (yes, she still exists believe it or not) and I decided during our swimwithjill session yesterday that we were going to have to down a few beers while we pick names to keep our sanity... we may be there awhile, any holiday beer recommendations??
Still time to sign up if you haven't right here
All you across the vast blue oceans or up in the fozen Tundra-lands of Canada are also encouraged to participate. We do not descriminate here.
I will list those participating in this exciting holiday gala mid-week, just to make sure I haven't left anyone out. Could y'all do me a HUGE favor and email me: email@example.com your home mailing address if I don't already have it? I won't publish it on the blog, I just need to let your blog buddy know - you know, so they can send the gift. I'll be glad to send y'all my address, in case you're eyeing those diamond earrings for me. Or a trip to Fiji.
Here's a list of special comments worth mentioning:
- Lindsay wants someone "good." Wave your hand if you're "good".
- Emz will not participate if she gets Kovas. Ok, I completely understand, Emz. Anyone want Kovas?
- Kovas claims to have an inside scoop that Emz is giving away her 50-miler belt buckle for her gift. I am SO picking Emz as my exchange buddy - I just knocked off a 50-miler belt buckle from my bucket list - go me. But I do take cash bribes if anyone else wants it. Bidding starts immediately.
- Jill (onelittletrigirl) said people signed up last year and didn't follow-through (obviously, some other
- Chris K. is the only one who doesn't understand the rules. Go figure.
- Katie A. also wants someone "good". Hum, this good thing is becoming a common theme....I'm going to have to check Santa's good list, I'm not sure any of us are on it.
Anyone else have any special requests
I'm off to the gym to do a little cycling....got something on my plate this coming weekend which I'll share after - if I don't die.
Happy miles, friends!