Some races just get complicated by life events. We know some of you out there know what we are saying! This Thanksgiving brought some firsts for both of us.
For Beth it was the first time that she and Brent actually spent Thanksgiving together, so we were finally forced to figure out how we would get time with each of our families. We spent it with his family and they start earlier than my family does and my family had Thanksgiving at the house I lived in for the past 3 years so doing a race and getting ready for family was no big deal. This year I had barely any time. And why does the Turkey Trot start at 9 a.m.?! I didn’t remember it starting so late. I vote we go with 8 a.m. next year! OK? OK! And isn’t it cute how in my world 9 a.m. is now late? Haha
For Teal, well, we will just share with you the lists of things that includes firsts and therefore annoyances with Thanksgiving. 🙂
1. My dad did not come from Maryland (like he was going to) and I had to make a turkey (instead of my dad making it).
2. I had to get up at 5am to deal with stuffing a turkey, which I don’t know how to do so I was automatically stressed. Oh and I had the words of Michael’s cousin in my head, who was being playful but said “Don’t ruin the turkey, you will ruin Thanksgiving” Great.
3. The neck of a raw turkey is absolutely GROSS and I almost gagged and then the intestines bag had a hole and I had to touch the liver. Gag, again.
4. I turned the turkey roasting pan on and I thought it was going to catch on fire, smoke everywhere! Had to send my husband to Wal-Mart to get a new one, and for those of you who may not know I don’t like that place and once pushed one of their front doors off the track. I don’t go there!
5. I felt bad for waking him up, making him go to that dreaded place, being annoying, and oh, by the way Happy Anniversary, sorry I suck and can’t cook or read directions… see 6….
6. Turns out it wasn’t actually going to catch on fire, perhaps, read the directions first?
7. I didn’t know what to wear. I know, #firstworldproblems
8. I was going to be late and was afraid Beth would kill me, so then I worried (not that she ever would, but a girl can worry, we are people pleasers)
9. Ohhhh, you need to eat before a race?? I didn’t have any food so I ate Oreos, 2 of them to be exact, and I should have eaten 12.
10. I was starving, that starving where you want to throw up starving.
11. It cost me more money to take money out of the ATM then it actually cost to park.
12. The original $3 parking lot machine wasn’t working, so we couldn’t park there.
13. We drove to $5 lot and it was full. Full as in the car in front of us got the last spot.
14. I HATE PARKING!
There. I feel much better. WOOOSSSAAAA.
Ok, so after surviving all of that, the two of us and Chase (Beth’s cousin) made it over to the race start. We all three got hooked up with VIP wristbands so we got to use some nice port-a-potties with a not so ridiculous line. Ohhh, the little things that make racers happy!
After that it was pretty much time to get lined up to start the race, but oh, yah…they put up a fence that makes it impossible to enter the racing area. How quickly we forget these things after multiple years of running the same race. Ha!
Mile 1 to 5K Split
Teal: This is like a fun game of “let’s try not to run any children over, kick a dog, elbow an elderly person, trip over a fire extinguisher, speed bump, or sidewalk, have to come to a screeching halt every 5 seconds.” It’s sooooo fun. So needless to say, the first part of this race is a complete and total pain, if you would like to run, but I still managed to keep a somewhat decent pace. And just a disclaimer, I know this, and have known this, and still run because I like this race, and will always like this race, it’s just kind of a pain to do. AND I don’t think it will change, so this is more of a statement and not so much a complaint, although I am not sure maybe it’s both! I knew I would not PR at this point and was letting my list of 14 annoying things get to me. I wanted to take the 5k turn off, just wait for Beth and Chase and be done with it all but I didn’t. Just run the stinking race, and get happy.
Beth: Maybe I’m a jerk for saying this, but while the 3 of were trying to get into the starting area I made probably the comment I make every year “why don’t they let the timed racers start in the front? or why don’t they start the 5K and 8 mile in waves?” This man next to me informed me that “the mat will pick up your time when you cross it!” WHAT?! It will?? Haha, bless his heart. I am pretty sure that every year in the first about 2.5ish miles of this race I ask myself why am I running this race?? I hate this! I’m fairly use to going out and running around White Rock Lake and hearing cyclist say “on your left” so I just decided to use that with the walkers. Man the people that come out to the Turkey Trot spa-read themselves out on those streets! This race always makes me think that people need to go through a Common Courtesies of Race Course before they can embark on their first race. Not that that will ever happen.
5K Split to Finish
Teal: LESS CROWDS! We lost half the race to the 5k turn off! Yippee!! I actually got in a better mood, ran a lot faster and didn’t feel as pissed. This is the best reason to run! They changed the course and I liked the change in the long run, but not as it was happening. It was way hillier than it was last year, but we didn’t have to run through a very boring part of Dallas. This change made the race feel fast at the end. I really was trying to pick up my pace to overcome the first 2.5 but I just felt like it was not going to happen. I ended up being annoyed (theme of the day) with this women who kept on running at my shoulder up the hills and would then linger back to keep doing it again. I was determined to make her go away so my last 2 miles were about and 8ish to 8:30 minute pace, where I had been running more at a 9:30 min pace. My last mile was 8:03, which is fast for me, mainly to be done and away from the lady.
Overall it was not bad and I am glad I ran and I am still very proud of my time. It was not a PR and it was not as bad as 3 years ago so there! That’s a win in my book. And despite everything, I would and will still run this again, BUT I will not cook a Turkey, which will then make me less stressed and annoyed. MARK MY WORDS PEOPLE!
Beth: Ahhhh, this is why I run this race! It is amazing how much a 5K split can change things! Not long after the split off we ran by where Brent and I got married which put a big smile on my face! 🙂 I had started noticing some small changes in course and was really hopeful that this one area would be cut out. It was! I remember thinking the last few years on the last few miles being like when is this going to be over? But this year it just seemed like it was over in no time. That was when I remembered the trickster finish line they have! Haha, you see the start line and think, almost there! You aren’t your going to fork to the right, go up a small but long incline then keeeeeep going even though you already started your last minute sprint to the end and then BAM! you’re done. According to my runkeeper I had an overall pace of 8:35 for the race. Also according to my runkeeper I ran 8.36 miles which makes me wonder how much of that is extra mileage from my dodging at the beginning, and then there is always one area in downtown where the GPS gets off. Don’t start telling me how GPS systems are not always 100% accurate because I know! And please don’t start talking to me about running tangents because, again, I know. And I”m also admitting that the dodging of people in the beginning was me probably adding on some extra mileage. Pretty much like Teal said this is a race where you get frustrated in the beginning, but ultimately the annoyances get overpowered by the last two thirds of the race roughly. It is a great race and great that it brings so many people out together to get some activity in before a full day of eating far too much!
So, Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot (that is a mouthful), we will see you again next year!
Teal: 1:15:33, finished 73rd in age group and 1,850 overall
Beth: 1:11:36, finished 66th in my age group and 1,396 over all