It’s no secret that I love Thanksgiving. And, not because of the food. To be honest, I am not so keen on turkey with all the fixings. In fact, I can do without. No, I like Thanksgiving because not only do I get to spend time with family and friends, but I also love all the Turkey Trots and races held the morning of.
us runners, it’s a chance to get our miles in competitively while
being surrounded by the running community. For those non-runners, it is
great to see people out there so early in the morning whether they are
walking or running. Running/walking a race on Thanksgiving day is a
great holiday tradition everyone should incorporate in their families.
Perhaps though, I am just being bias.
This year I participated in the Run for Food
5k held in Chico that is located pretty close to my family and UMM’s.
Compared to two years ago when I participated in the event where the
weather was cold cold cold, this year the temps were perfect and not too
cold nor hot.
using the restroom, I found Umm near the start line chatting it up with
a friend he ran into. Yes, even miles away from home, it is still
comforting to run into familiar faces. Reason number 1,600 why I love
the running community.
we were off and with a blink of an eye, I lost Umm and Rob in the
distance. Damn you sub 6 men! I felt pretty good. I had no goals for
this race really, but I did want to beat my time from the years past. No
biggie if I did not, as this year has for the most part been a slower
year for me. The race was held in Bidwell Park, and I just loved running
by the creek and seeing all the trees with the beautiful coat of fall
leaves everywhere. People passed me, I passed people, and just as my
stride started to slow, the finish line appeared in plain site. As I ran
through the chute, I hi fived UMM and looked at the clock to read
22:24. Woohoo! A course PR by a minute! So happy. Perhaps I am not as
slow as I had thought! Two years ago, I ran the very same race in 23:36,
placing 3rd in my age group.
year, I finished 117th overall, 21st female, and 2nd in my Age Group. I
was really happy with my performance as well as proud of UMM who
finished 6th overall, and 1st in his age group.
was 4,400 runners and walkers who came out to support the Jesus Center
in Chico which the proceeds from the event benefited. Sure we were
running for a good cause, but beyond that, I was glad to see so many out
there working towards a healthy, active lifestyle. And really, that is
what it is all about!
do hope you had a wonderful time with your friends and families.
Marathon #4 has arrived much too quickly coming up on Sunday, and I am nervous and excited
to see what the day will bring. Ready or not, CIM here I come!