Turkey Trot STL – St. Charles Family Arena
Why I signed up?
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.
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.
Q: How was your Turkey Trot?
Q: Have you ever ran a race and just thought, “This isn’t for me?”
Q: Any motivation through this winter grind that helps you?
Two new blog series
Obviously on Mondays, I will provide a bit of a jumpstart to the week and bring back the inspirational posts of “fitspo” or fitness inspiration and some workout music.
Then on Wednesday, I will bring back the nutrition news posts and enlighten you all about what is going on in the world of nutrition.
I hope to have more time this semester, but one can never plan on the events that end up happening so we will see how long I can keep it up 🙂
In other news, I’m not sure if I said this, but a few months ago, I PR’d my 5k. I ran a 20:29 and felt really good about it. I was comfortable the whole time and smooth. I know that is not my fullest potential, but it is moving in the right direction. My running lately has not been so great as I continue to get hit with sickness. But I’m still working my butt off and hope to see some good things by outdoor track. But don’t worry, because even if we don’t, I have my whole life to get that sub 20.
You want to know what irritates me? Gyms that don’t have a month membership. I’m home for winter break and all I want to do is go cross train, lift a few weights, and have a place to run when it’s 38 mph wind and snowing. But either it’s extremely expensive or you have to sign a year contract. I’m only here for about 3 weeks, cut me some slack!
I’ve been doing a lot of relaxing this break because I don’t have a job anymore. It’s bittersweet. Bitter as in I don’t have as much money to play around with, sweet as in I’m glad I get to spend time with my family and don’t have to deal with the old job.
This guy definitely enjoys it. He has spent a lot of time snuggling with me.
I made sure I finished the Hunger Games trilogy last night before the world ended. It’s about time, right? I’ve been so busy with school that I’ve been stuck on Mockingjay since summer. I really enjoyed it and love the whole series. I will admit, Mockingjay was a bit boring until about halfway in. Then it started getting interesting and with the last quarter to go I couldn’t stop. I wish they never ended 🙁
Now to figure out what the next book I am going to read will be. I’m thinking of Divergent. It is also a trilogy.
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
What good books are you reading/have read/want to read?
What did you think about the Hunger Games?