Turkey Trot 10k Recap (40:37)

It seems as though every area has a Turkey Trot.  Some are 5ks, some are 10ks, 8ks…jealous of Laura’s half (though it probably is a good idea that I don’t run any halves anytime right now).  Needless to say I’ve done the turkey trot for 3 years in a row.  In my about 1 year total of being injured, I seem to not be injured during this race.  Which is a okay with me.

Anyways I had no idea how this race would go.  I had traveled for 16 hours, eaten pretty poorly (just high caloric travel food…sorry when a salad that will keep me full for a hot second is 13 dollars and a sandwich and chips is 6…well you see where I’m getting at.).  Sitting on my butt for 1000 hours and not having the best prerace (not terrible though either) food was enough to make me question where this race would go.

So getting to the race, I already knew I had some massive (and very painful blisters on my foot).  Worse than blood blisters, because they had already pealed.  I was not looking forward to how disgusting my feet would become but kept it in the back of my mind (behind my foot issues).  To give you a rough idea, I had my foot very taped up and it bled through the tape and also the sock.

Speaking of injuries (do blisters count as an injury?), my cyst is always in the forefront (no pun here) of my mind.  After warming up for 2 miles with dad, we lined up at the start.  Then I realized my chip was in the car a half a mile away..so getting that put me breathing hard at the very start of the race…great…not only was a 10k a long distance, I was already tired.

The first two miles, I got passed.  A lot.  I took the first mile in a 5:50. Mile 3, I held pretty steady and kind of got into a 6:30 jive.  (apparently I like that pace).  Mile 4, I decided that I was going to start my pretend pickup.  I like to think I have a kick when I haven’t really been running the last two months.  (I don’t know why because that is mostly false) I actually started passing people.

By mile 5, my blisters hurt, my foot was a little tight and the end looked like it was half way to Mexico.  You have to know, the last .3 of this race is straight and flat looking straight at the finish line.  So for the next 3 minutes, it looks like it’s never-ending.

I looked down at my watch and saw that I passed 6.2 in 39:45 and finished the 6.35 (for me) course in 40:37 (so average of 6:23 pace).  Though who really knows how accurate Garmin and GPS watches are.  I’ve heard from several people that it was a bit long but it’s not enough for me to say that I did a sub 40 minute 10k.  I ended up getting 2nd in my age group out of 141 and 8th female overall.  I think the field was about 2000 runners.

Awkward family photo. duh.

This race was actually enlightening because my foot was not really in pain at all.  (just those stupid blisters) so I’m hoping maybe it means I’ll be able to start training again and could possibly (?) be moving running to my main workout of the day and eventually cutting out 90% of all elliptical.  Though my knee has been acting wonky, which could be a combination from the cold (I had slight knee issues last fall because of the change in temperature).

Questions for you:

1.       Did you run a Turkey Trot?  How do you heal gross blisters?

2.       Have you ever had knee problems correlating with cold? 

3.       For a more positive question (and not gross body issues), do you like Turkeys?