This weekend was a crazy, family-filled weekend. I decided to log off from my computer and just enjoy my family. I missed being online, but I really enjoyed spending time with family.
On Thursday, I ran my 2nd Turkey Trot and ran one of my best races ever. Like I had mentioned last week, I picked the 10k and I was so happy I did that. My goal was to PR. My previous PR was a 45:59, set on a short course over a year and a half ago.
I warmed up by running a mile before the race. I know my legs don't like to go fast right away so knew this was necessary. It was also 30 degrees and I didn't want to sit around waiting in the cold.
The starting line was incredibly crowded and I got stuck behind a lot of walkers. I was a little nervous about this, but my husband reassured me that I was fine, so I just went with it. Sure, I had to weave around people for about a quarter of a mile, but it wasn't too bad. I hit mile 1 in 7:07. My goal pace was 7:10-715, so this was a little fast but I was OK as I didn't go out too fast. Mile 2 was a 7:02. Now this was approaching too fast for what my plan was, but it was at this time that I realized how good I felt. Last year at this same Turkey Trot, I did the 5k. I averaged a 7:02 pace for the whole thing and I felt dead. I knew at this time, if I had planned on doing the 5k, that I would have killed that race. But I also knew I had 4 miles to go so was hoping my legs would hold out. Mile 3 was a 7:08. That was much better. I was still right under goal pace and getting passed by 5k runners. I reminded myself that I was only halfway there and to just go with it.
I hit the 5k point in 22:35. This seemed about right to PR with 45:00 so I was excited as I still felt good, good enough to pick up the pace a bit. Mile 4 was a 7:02. I was shocked at this point that I was still able to pull low 7's. Mile 5 came in at 6:56. When that split appeared on my Garmin, I had to do a double-take. A sub-7 mile this far into a race? Mile 6 was a 6:59. Another sub-7. At this point I was completely amazed at my body, I was going to negative split this race. I ran the last .33 miles (Yes, not .2, I have since read complaints the course was long, but I am not complaining) at a 7:04 pace.
My finish time was 44:34 with an average pace of 7:12 for a 10k, but since the course was long, I actually did a 7:02 pace for that distance. A minute and a half PR and my second 5k was in 21.59! As you can see from my PR's on the side, I have yet to go under 22 minutes in a 5k, and I just did in a 10k. I placed 2nd in my age group out of 52 people and 31st overall out of about 300 people. You can bet I was on a runner's high the entire weekend after that.
As soon as we got home from the race, it was straight to cooking. We were hosting our biggest Thanksgiving crowd ever and I had so much to do. I was on my feet cooking, serving, and cleaning for the next 7 hours. My hip was not crazy about this, but I rested it and got ready to go out Black Friday shopping at 10 o'clock. Yes, I am one of those crazy shoppers that shops all night. I even buy a T-shirt to show my excitement for the "holiday".
Team Sparkle skirt. :) I bought it for my upcoming Jingle Bell run and thought it matched perfect with my Black Friday shirt. We got most of our shopping done between 10 that night and 5 the next morning. I was exhausted by the time I got home, but had so much fun.
All that in 24 hours. Now can you imagine why I was missing all weekend? I will have more photos from the rest of the weekend on my next post. I can't wait to show you pictures of my daughter from her birthday party!