Adventure on the dry seas... How entertaining it is for me to keep you guys up to date on my very existence via Facebook :-) I KNOW. I'm speicial! ROFL... Wednesday evening, Dee Dee and I found ourselves childless. We thought. Behhhh. We'll go out and grab a quick bite and have a few drinks. That way, we don't try REAL hard at the Gobble Jog on Thanksgiving. Since Thursday was also Jimmy's birthday, we decided to go by a Walgreen's first to pick up a few things.
After getting some candles, flowers, and a birthday card, we returned to the car, only to find that the ignition was stuck. What a pain in the arse!! The key would not turn in the ignition. A few blisters and curse words later, we abandoned all hope. Lucky for us, we were a few hundred yards away from a little Italian place that we like. We retired there to have dinner and wait for Jimmy to come back from the Hawk's game.
For local peeps, the Italian place is named Zucca's. I got a Veal Parmigan the size of the plate. That was the best I've had in a long time. After a few too many drinks, we made it home and promptly passed out. Dee Dee and I woke up around 7-ish in the morning with a hang over. For a few minutes, we toyed with the idea of sleeping in, but I REALLY wanted to run, and our race, the 5K didn't start until 9:30 AM. That's a great starting time by the way.
We managed to get dressed, pile into the car, and work our way down to the race site. We used our head and totally avoided the race route, as the 10K was still in progress (it went off at 8 AM). Packet pick up went smoothly. Before we knew it, we were standing in the sun, waiting for the race to start. It was a beautiful day. The temperatures were around fifty degrees. Perfect race day weather!
At 9:15 AM, the 1K race went off. That was fun watching the kids get under way. At 9:30, the gun went off and our race got underway. It took me a good forty five seconds or so to cross the start line. My official time would be a bit different from my Garmin time. I really enjoyed the first mile of the race. The first half mile or so is slightly down hill. It makes for a nice start. My goal was to find a comfortable not so hard pace I could maintain for 3.1 miles.
So, yea, the first mile was comfortable and fun. I hit the mile marker at 8:42 on the Garmin, and I was happy with that. My legs had been itching for a run for a while. Now they were getting their chance. My lungs and stomach weren't quite as happy, but they were along for the ride. The second mile had some uphill to it, but that too was short before we were back to flat and downhill goodness.
During this second mile, I was passing a female runner when I heard someone say my name. I was totally taken by surprise. It was Mary Ruth, beautiful wife and compatriot of none other than local triathlete Richard. I ran with Mary Ruth for a bit, including one rather steep up hill near the end of the second mile. She helped me take my mind off of that!! As the race course turned down hil again, I said good bye to Mary Ruth and kicked it up another notch.
After the left hand turn at Mile 2, its a straight shot back to the square in Marietta. A good portion of this is downhill. I took advantage of this to run faster. As you approach the square, you switch to running slightly up hill. At that point, you know you are almost finished. Up ahead, I could see the finish line. I tried to finish with a burst of speed, but my body just wasn't having it. Nine minute miles was just going to have to do it for today.
Up ahead, I could see the race clock. I had a brief moment of disappointment when I saw 28 on the clock, but it WAS fleeting. This was a turkey trot, and I went harder than I really wanted to. I crossed the finish line with an official time of 28 something. My Garmin read 27:39, for an average pace of 8:52. Dee Dee and I grabbed our t-shirts after the race and headed out. We ran into Richard and Mary Ruth on the way to the car. It was great seeing you guys again!!
When we got home, the boys were just stirring. I made breakfast while Dee Dee began the process of preparing Thanksgiving dinner. We had a great time last year at the Atlanta Marathon and Half Marathon, but a 9:30 AM 5K on Thanksgiving is more my speed, I think!
I hope everyone had a great Turkey Day!! Here's to a great weekend ahead!!