Mind over Matter – Turkey Trot 2015

November 28, 2015

in Fitness, Just life, Training

We always hear how the body can achieve whatever the mind can achieve. Man, I’ve heard this a thousand times and STILL don’t always believe it!

I was admittedly nervous about running the Turkey Trot 5k and 10k back-to-back. I ran the St. Patty’s Day 5k and 10k back-to-back once before, but that was back in 2012 AND I ended up injuring myself. I attribute the resulting foot pain (thought to be a micro stress fracture) to the fact that I wore my Yaktrax for both races. That was the longest I’d ever run in them and I was probably also a bit undertrained.

I went to bed Wednesday night with butterflies in my tummy and feeling quite nervous about the race. I prayed that God would quiet my nerves and give me a good night’s sleep. I woke up in the morning feeling well-rested and darn close to confident. I made sure to leave the house early enough that I could park near the race site and not have to take a shuttle bus. That helped a lot in continuing to calm my nerves.

The weather this Thanksgiving morning was unseasonably ideal. A bit windy, but 50-ish degrees and dry. That’s just fantastic!!

I brought extra clothes in case I would have time to change into them, but wasn’t sure if I’d take that chance of being late to the 10k start.

I was glad to have the good fortune to park right next to my good friend, and we chatted for about an hour together since we had arrived plenty early. We caught up with the other members of the ‘group’ and made our way to the start area. The crowd was crazy huge!

I planned to just take it easy in the 5k so I’d have something left for the 10k. It’s been a while since I’ve run 9 miles; my last few runs have been around 6.5. I’ve also done enough Turkey Trot 5k runs to know it’s nearly impossible to set a PR or hit a big goal due to the crazy huge crowd. There’s a thick crowd the entire 3.1 miles and to keep a steady pace you have to be prepared to weave in and out of packs of walkers.

I finished the 5k in 39:14 with a 12:39/mi pace.

I had about 25 minutes between races, so I had some water, walked around, and took some time to stretch. By the time I made my way to the starting area for the 10k we had only 10 minutes until start time. The time went fairly quickly. I think the warmer weather also helped me to not cool down too drastically. Had it been 30 degrees, I think things would have been different. I would have used more energy to keep warm between races and been more tired at the 10k start.

My friend Emily was kind enough to let me borrow her ear buds for the 10k. She had run the 5k and was heading home to prepare for dinner guests, and I had left my ear buds in my desk at work. I believe that made a huge difference for me as well. I don’t have a lot of pumped up music on my phone, but I had downloaded a new episode of my favorite podcast, Best Of Friends, and the miles just flew by. I wasn’t fast, by any means, but I was entertained and distracted enough that before I knew it, I was at mile 4. The last 1.5 miles were the toughest. We were running right alongside the lake and open beaches allowed the 20-30mph winds to blast right at us. I had to push and my mind started complaining, but there was no other option!

I finished in 1:21:18 and even had a little gas left to push at the very end.

It felt so good to finish the back-to-back races. I didn’t know until seeing the results that only 101 of us hearty souls ran both races. The 5k had over 3300 finishers and the 10k had 478. I ended my morning 94th out of the 101 folks who ran both, 2078 out of 3319, and 452 out of 478.

I signed up for both races because I wanted to challenge myself. Had I intended on only running one, I wouldn’t have made such a concerted effort to get out and train. That’s how to stretch your limits! Sign up for something that scares you, and then PUSH!

doubt kills dreams

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