Happy Thanksgiving friends! Thank you for all of the insight as to who the green character was in my last post- apparently I need to start watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 😉 Funnily enough, my brother and stepmom told me that they saw the green man the turkey trot I ran this morning!
This morning my dad and I ran the Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot in Saratoga. It started at 8:30 so we made sure to arrive by 8. It was really reallllly cold out but we dressed appropriately. Well, aside from my dad, who forgot his gloves (duhhhh dad). Looking cold:
We quickly decided that we should warm up in the City Center before the race started, which was wise decision.
By the time we headed back out, it had warmed up a few degrees and we were ready to go! My dad started the Couch to 5k on October 11. I remember the date because it was one day after my half-marathon 🙂 He indicated that he wanted to run a 5k so I told him to saddle up and start training because he was running the turkey trot with me!
After the nation anthem we got ready to start. Excited/nervous/cold:
The race started out very slow. There were SO many walkers. I’ve run a bunch of races and I have never had to dodge so many. We spent the first mile weaving around the walkers. It was a good course but the walkers made it annoying- I think there should be more clear instructions in future races- ie, walkers stay to the right and start at the back. You know, basic race etiquette 😉
After the first mile we entered the grounds of Skidmore College, which meant one thing: hills. There were some fairly steep hills! My dad was doing really well though, although I told him to not look down at the hills and instead stare straight ahead. I may have had to
break out my hazing skills from last week gently encourage him by saying “up! Look up!” a lot 😉
The best part about the uphills was then going downhill. One lady loved it so much that she was chanting “I. Love. Running. Down. Hills.” repeatedly to herself. People are funny, hahahah.
After all of the hills we were maintaining a decent clip. We had about a third of a mile to go so I told my dad to smile pretty: 😀
Yippee! We crossed the finish line at 36:50! Yay dad! He ran the entire race, an awesome feat considering the hills, the cold and all of that good stuff. I think I have him hooked on running now 🙂
Post-race happy. Awesome job dad- I’m so proud of you! 😀 Did you run a Turkey Trot today?
After the race I enjoyed a bagel with this yummy cream cheese from Trader Joe’s:
It is SO delicious 🙂 Now I’m off to bake some cookies and risotto- I decided earlier in the week that I am going vegetarian until the end of the year. The Omnivore’s Dilemma really has me thinking so I’m going to try it out and reevaluate how I feel come January. It was pretty brilliant of me to declare myself a vegetarian a few days before Thanksgiving and right before I head to dinosaur bbq, an AWESOME bbq place that just opened up in the Capital district, this weekend. Heh. Whatever though.
I hope that you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. Bri, I miss you and can’t wait to spend our first Thanksgiving together as a married couple next year 😀
Enjoy all of the food, friends! 😀