I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I had a great week of food, family and RUNNING! The last one was unexpected, but welcome in what I’ll say has been a long running slump (2 years really) for me. So, what made this past week so great???? I had two super fun running experiences that I decided to do spur of the moment. On Thanksgiving I did a “Turkey Trot” and Saturday I had a great run with my favorite friend at my second favorite running location. AND, all of this has happened in our gorgeous fall weather we are having here in the Peak. What more could I ask for…weeeeelllll…no pain and seeing faster miles again would be nice, but I’ll take what I can get these days.
Let’s start with the “Turkey Trot” I did on Thanksgiving. It wasn’t the Inside Out Sports Turkey Trot although I’m sure it was super fun and my friend Abby who I wrote about a few weeks ago finished 3rd OVERALL WOMAN! Go Abby. The Turkey Trot I did was at the Tobacco Trail, started at 9am and was FREE! This Turkey Trot was set up by a few ladies (Sarah and Nicole) from a Facebook running group I’m part of…Apex/Cary Moms Run this Town. This was the 2nd year doing this event and I love that they called it “A Low Key Turkey Trot”. That is exactly what it was and I couldn’t of picked a better event to start my Thanksgiving. First, I got to SLEEP IN! That usually doesn’t happen on a normal race day. I arrived 5 minutes before the start instead of the normal hour I would normally arrive at a race. Here’s a funny for you…I realized when I got there that my pants were on backwards. I really know how to make a great first impression. Sarah and Nicole did such a great job making this a fun family event. One friend Stacy brought her whole family who was visiting from New York and a lot of kids rode their bikes. It was my first time in a race having my own personal bike leader and he was very cute too! We had a 5k and 10k option…Sarah’s kids made the cutest turnaround signs. I enjoyed running and talking with new friends. Had I done a “real” race there would have been no socializing and that’s my favorite part of running. And, we actually ran at a pretty good pace. The weather was perfect and the trail was busy with people getting in some pre-turkey exercise. Such a fun morning and thank you Sarah and Nicole for putting on a great “low key” run!
My next fun run was running with the Lifetime Run group on Saturday at Umstead. I hadn’t been to Umstead in several months and it’s always a
killer treat to run there. I usually have some advanced notice of an Umstead run….I like to know when I am going to have to bring my “A” game. Weeelllll, my favorite running friend and friend in general told me about Umstead on Friday night for a Saturday morning run. Ummm, sure! Let me back up and tell you about my running relationship with Kimberly. We are running soul mates, and soul mates in many other ways which we figured out by talking about anything and everything on our many, many runs together. Here is an example of our soul mate status. Up until two weeks ago we have been running our same 4-5 mile neighborhood routes and have been very happy. All of a sudden one day we decided we would run one of “training run” routes. A longer, hillier route that we mostly only run when we are training for something. We both felt this to be a pivotal moment in our running future. Forget that we aren’t actually training for anything, but it was an unspoken decision that we were going to start ramping things up a bit….just in case;) So, that brings us back to Umstead. We met the Lifetime group at 8am at the Reedy Creek entrance off Harrison Avenue. This is the only entrance I have used to run Umstead. There are bathrooms here and plenty of parking. This was only my second run with Lifetime and I like their vibe…they are just easy. Kimberly and I just walked up and were part of the group, just like that. No one made a fuss over us being “new”, we didn’t have to decide how many miles we wanted to do on the fly or pick a pace group…we just listened to the route directions, got a group picture and ran. This was only my fourth run at Umstead. My very first time I ran the Turkey Trails and have avoided them since. It’s not that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the crazy hills because I really did love them, it’s mostly because the Turkey Trails make for a longer run if you run the whole loop. Ok, the hills may have scared me off just a touch. The route Saturday was…you guessed it…the Turkey Trails. Kimberly and I were only planning to run 7 miles so we decided to just do an out and back on the Turkey route which skipped the steepest hills on the trail. We were truly bummed about this, but quickly got over it as we ascended our first hill and remembered that up until two weeks ago we had been picking the flattest and shortest routes in our neighborhood. Hello hills! We also got a little nervous because it seemed like we were running downhill quite a bit in those first few miles, but our return trip was actually a little faster. We purposely ran out a little further so we could have a nice cool down walk back to the car even though we both decided in the car we could of totally ran that part. Next time when we run the whole Turkey Trail…probably twice…we can also run all the way back to the car. Well, we’ll probably sprint that part since we are really “training” now.
As I’ve been writing this I realize what made these runs so great for me was the company I had! It was great meeting new friends and I have missed all my Kimberly time since we haven’t been running as much. I’m so thankful for the people running has put into my life even more than the fitness it has given me or any success I’ve had with it. This quote sums it up perfectly for me…..