It had been over a month since I last ran, but I was eager to get back in the game for the Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K with a bunch of my fellow lululemon girls.
This was undoubtedly the largest 5K I’ve ever been a part of. There were 5000 pre-registrants, and I don’t even know how many registered on the day of the race. It was a crowded race the whole time, to say the least. The course circled around Lake Eola, and most of the run was on cobblestone roads, which were still filled with parked cars. There was lots of bottle-necking, and many of us tried to run on the sidewalks to eliminate the need to run on the cobblestone. I stuck to the sidewalks, but this is also where people came to pull off and walk right in front of me. (I wore the cutest lululemon running outfit, and I totally forgot to take a picture of myself all day!)
Despite not running for over a month, I felt extremely strong throughout the whole race and only needed a few, very quick walk breaks. I think knowing my lululemon friends were in the race with me really inspired me.
Mile 1- 10:57
Mile 2- 11:27
Mile 3- 11:29
The last 1.6 (I guess my sidewalk weaving made the course “long”)- 1:40 … a 10:02 pace
I’m extremely proud of my time (it’s one of my better times), and it give me the motivation I needed to rethink signing up for the WDW Marathon. Unfortunately, my plantar fasciitis came barreling back, and I had a hard time walking after a while after the race.
Right after the race, we all got together at Laura’s house for a pumpkin-filled breakfast! What a way to start Thanksgiving morning, right?
We started with pumpkin white mocha hot chocolate made with coconut milk. Absolutely delicious!
There were pumpkin scones…
Pumpkin beer bread, eggs, pumpkin pancakes, and fruit.
And of course, we all sat around and watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Although my family is a thousand miles away, I’m so thankful to have my Florida “family” here. They made the day so special!
Did you run a Turkey Trot this year?