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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tamarac Turkey Trot 2009 Race Report

The turkey trot is always one of my favorite races of the year, primarily because of its convenience: The course goes right past my house, and the start/finish are about a block away. So, race day preparations don't get any easier.

At 6:30, I went over and got my bib and d-tag, then returned home and got Norah and Jerry up. I left Norah in her Turkey Day PJs, fed her and then loaded her into the stroller and we all headed over to the race. Jerry hung out with Norah and Scooter, and I went to the start. This race gets more and more popular each year, and this year, I think there were well over 2,000 participants.

With that many people on a 5K course, there was the usual congestion and dodging of small children, but I had no time goal this morning. I knew I wouldn't come close to a PR of any kind, so I just took it easy and ran at a comfortable pace. Since I've been sick most of the week, this was my first run all week, and it felt good. I finished in 32:07, which is actually not a PW (personal worst) for me: The first year I race this race, back in 2005, I ran it in 33:00, so even now when I'm slow, I'm not as slow as I started out when I first began running.

At the finish, Jerry, Norah and Scooter were waiting to see me, and it was fun to have them there once again. Here are Norah and I (and Scooter is there sniffing at something in the bottom corner) after the race; and yes, it's ironic to have a snowman banner behind me with palm trees behind it. I'm sure there are some Floridians who have never even seen snow, let alone a snowman. All in all, the race was a great way to kick off the holiday, as always.

22 comments:

RunningLaur said...

Love the snowman banner! Happy Thanksgiving!

Badgergirl said...

Nice job on the turkey trot. Love the banner!

teacherwoman said...

Yay for the Turkey Trot! What a great way to start Thanksgiving Day! :)

Nicole said...

Nice job.I had to miss out on troting this year.

MCM Mama said...

Nice job on the run! I love our neighborhood turkey trot as well, but I'm so jealous of the weather down by you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kate McDowell said...
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Kate said...

Great job on the Turkey Trot - happy thanksgiving and great race!

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

I've lived in SC for almost 8 years now and I still can't get over the whole palm trees at Christmas deal!

Stuart said...

FL is like CA we're all struggling with the snowy Xmas thing really!

Lily on the Road said...

Little Norah looks soooo cute! Good job on your run.

We already have all the malls playing Christmas music and they are all decorated...YIKES, it's less than a month away...

Marlene said...

Sounds like a great way to start the day. How awesome that it's so close to home! Congrats!!

N.D. said...

sounds like a great time!! cute pic!

lifestudent said...

Thats a great way to run a race! Hope the rest of the day was as good as it began :)

shellyrm said...

Great race! Love the picture. Today we are having snow, ugh!

kelsalynn said...

Definitely convenient! Awesome race! Nice job girly- way to make it a family affair!

Rio Runs said...

Sweet picture! I am lovin' the snowman banner amongst the palm trees. Great job on the turkey trot!

angela said...

nice work! I love that you're in a tank top & shorts at the end of nov! congrats on your re-entrance to the race world.

Laurel said...

Nice job on the trot.
Norah is really starting to look like Jerry.

Shannon said...

I don't know who is MORE adorable, you or Norah. I can't decide. Happy Thanksgiving Girl!

Krissy said...

Great job on the race! Doesn't it feel great to run on a holiday, it makes eating that day feel so much better! hahaa...also I think Norah has the same exact print on her onesie as Eli had on his Thanksgiving outfit!

Wes said...

Nicely done! and jealous!! No turkey trots in Mobile??!?!!?

sRod said...

Congrats!