Motivational Monday #36 + Turkey Trot STL – St. Charles Review

Workouts

Race Review

Turkey Trot STL – St. Charles Family Arena

Why I signed up?

  • I enjoy doing a turkey trot the morning of Thanksgiving.
  • The price was great.
  • The shirt was cute.

Training going into the race:

Barely any. A few runs of 1-3 miles here and there. Did not race this and used it as motivation for me to run on Thanksgiving, be around others running and have fun. 

My thoughts about the run?

Like I said, the price was great. You get a great shirt and people to run with for under $25. 

The course itself was not for me. I won’t be doing this one again. If you ask people their favorite race routes, you will get all different answers. For me, this one was not my cup of tea. I saw the course map during sign up, so it’s not like I didn’t know what I was getting into, it just was boring. You started out running around the parking lot, which for 3000 runners, a narrow cars width to run through at the start of a race wasn’t ideal. Also, it seemed no one paid attention to the corrals and that if you planned to walk from the start, don’t stand in the 7-8 min/mile corral. I only say this because I started in the 8-9 min/mile corral and couldn’t even start running at the start line and then had to be the rude one trying to maneuver around people and accidentally elbowing them. Then you run down the road and then turn to run back the same way you came, only to pass the arena and run further the other direction then turn to run back to the arena. So basically you stayed on one road doing turns and then back around the parking lot. Like I said, it just wasn’t for me. 

But for the price and the shirt it was a great deal. I didn’t partake in the pancake breakfast afterward but it smelled amazing. 


Post race, thank gosh I am done face. Now time for coffee! Picked up Dunkin’ Donuts for the family and drove home to start our Thanksgiving festivities. 

My watch breakdown from the race.

Race breakdown.

The cute shirt. As you can tell, I’m a pretty simple person. I didn’t get too fancy and you can’t tell but my legs were straight shot after the race because I haven’t truly ran in so long, especially 30 degree weather. My nose and throat were burning! It obviously warmed up later in the day and I was able to take this picture in short sleeves. 

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Q: How was your Turkey Trot?

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Motivational Monday #35

Workouts

Last week I ran twice. I LOVE running, but I have not been doing much of it. I was thinking the other day about it and I think I’ve figured out a possible reason. Besides being LAZY ha! Running is an outlet for me, much like it is for the majority of those who run. The thing is though, I have nothing in my life right now that really causes stress. I haven’t had those urges of “I have to go run right now or I will lose it.” We used to have those moments all the time in my previous job and if I didn’t go run I would’ve blown up. I am so grateful to not feel those moments anymore or come home crying every day, but honestly I do miss running. It’s hard and I’ll be the first to admit that once you are out of it for so long, it is ALWAYS hard to get back in. If you know me, I’ve been trying for like 3 years ha! But what I can say is, I love that it is always there as an option. It’s something I can do anywhere at anytime and that is a blessing that I will never take for granted. I know it will all come back as I’m really debating signing up for a half marathon, but I’m waiting for after January before I register, just to make sure I know where I’ll be in life. 

It’s been cold, so I took full advantage of the treadmill.

Another day I ran and finished at 5:30pm and it was already dark, so I just did a short run. 

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