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Sometime right after my last half marathon, I searched online for races in my parents’ town. I knew I’d be there for Thanksgiving, and thought it might be fun to run a race together on Thanksgiving morning. It sounded like a great idea while on the post race high. But then my IT bands kept on hurting, and I really struggled to run a 5k just five days before Thanksgiving. I seriously considered a DNS. My dad wasn’t feeling very well, but he decided to run the race as well. We decided to run a 3:1 race per the Galloway method, but agreed to walk more if we needed to.

I went into the race with no time goals. I really wanted to run a 5k this year with the intention of breaking my 5k PR (30:48 from the Turkey Trot I did in 2011), but I figured that given my IT band issues that wouldn’t happen.

This was the first year that the race took place, so it was a little disorganized, and the start line was chaotic. There were no corrals, so walkers were lining up at the front of crowd, which is clearly not ok. The first 4 minutes I spent weaving quite a bit, and feel that I could have cut some time if I hadn’t had to do that. Once I got in the groove I felt like I going fairly quickly, and it felt really great to be racing again- 19 days after my last race. Mile 2.0 to 3.0 went by very quickly, and I was feeling great! I kicked it to the end, and finished the race with a time of 31:32! I was less than a minute off of my 5k PR, and I think that if the weaving hadn’t occurred and I wasn’t slow the first mile and a half because of my IT bands, I could have beaten my previous PR and maybe even hit sub 30. I know I have a sub 30 5k in me, but I guess I’ll have to wait…

Either way, I’m really happy with my time for the race. I often go out way too fast the first mile, and there is very rarely a time that I have negative splits on my runs. I’m really happy that my 3rd mile I was able to run my fastest time from the race- that’s progress:)

After the race I grabbed a bagel and bottle of water and headed back to the car. I quickly went home to shower and stretch before I cut up the apples for the apple pie. I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon on my feet cooking our delicious Thanksgiving dinner! This was my motto for the day:

I loved getting to start Thanksgiving day by going out for a run. I’ve talked about how thankful I am for running quite a bit this month, so it was nice to actually get to run on the day of thanks.

Now it’s your turn to share! Did you run a Thanksgiving race this year? If so, tell me how it went (or link up to your own race recap)! What’s your favorite thanksgiving day tradition? 

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