First of all… Happy Holidays! We all know that this time of year is… well… insane. Time seems to speed up around this time of year and I can’t help but think about what I’m very thankful for. I have a wonderful group of friends, an amazing and supportive family from all over the world and I work for a company that is expanding. Good things all around!
On Thanksgiving weekend, while you were all sleeping in, I ran the Burbank Turkey Trot 5K. Since I’ve moved across the country, traveling back east for Thanksgiving isn’t really an option. It’s the busiest time of year to travel and it’s just a bit too far to go for only a few days. Even thought I miss my family dearly on Thanksgiving, I’m happy to say that I have a new tradition! I run the local turkey trot here to support the YMCA and then I drive down the the OC to have dinner with my wonderful extended family here in sunny California.
I went into this race wanting to break 30 minutes in a 5K. That was my goal. In order to do that, I needed to keep my pace around at least a 9:30min/mile to meet that goal.
Mile 1- The best! The course is the same every year and I remember that the first mile is downhill. Pretty awesome right? The gun went off and I knew I had to start strong. The weather was awesome so I went for it. First mile: 8:44. Boom! I was right on track.
Mile 2- Not the best mile to look at but it was fairly flat. I didn’t want to over do it because I wanted a strong finish. Nothing too exciting about this except for the water station! 2nd mile: 9:17 Still on track!
Mile 3- THE WORST HILL. Like I said, I have run this course before. This hill makes it real tough. On our way back to the finish, we have to go up over this bridge in the last half mile or so. I knew my last mile was going to be the slowest because of this. I took my time getting up and cruised down. This is where I saw a bunch of Fleet Feet people waiting at the turn towards the last .1 which gave me some great energy. Mile 3: 10:17
Final 5K time: 29:11!
I did it! Broke 30 minutes. I’m actually more proud of myself for running this race in a smart way rather than going out the gate super fast. I’m getting to know my paces better and how to plan out a race. New PR set and a turkey dinner waiting for me later…what a wonderful Thanksgiving!