Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Trot 2011

Thanksgiving is a great day for a race, nothing like getting in a good workout to remove guilt from all the eating later in the day.  Jennifer, Christina and I planned to do the Georgetown Turkey Trot, but it was cancelled a couple weeks ago.  We immediately decided to head to the downtown race and do the Thundercloud Turkey Trot.  We had nice weather, sunny and 60.   This year's course started near the Long Center and made a big loop around downtown with a couple killer hills in the first 2 miles.  What was really challenging was the crowds in this race.  Parking took longer than we planned so we started mid-pack with the un-timed runners.  The first 2 miles were a struggle just to keep momentum as we darted around other runners, walkers, strollers and doggies.  I hit a good pace around mile 2 and managed to finish at my goal of 7:32 for 37:38 final time. 

After race we hung out for a few minutes, got water and cookies and went to the parking garage to stretch.  Then we left, or tried to leave at least.  In some insane black hole of time and parking garages we sat in the garage for over an HOUR waiting to get out.  It was the weirdest thing to just ... go no where for an hour with no sign of movement.  Jennifer left at one point to go to the bathroom and when she came back were were maybe  4 feet from when she left. 

Other than the parking fiasco, the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot is a well organized race.  Good packet pickup support, nice layout of the course and water stops.  They had plenty of food and water at the end.  Now we know 90 minutes isn't enough time to get downtown for this race, or we should have taken the homeless guy's offer of $5 parking, or just parked at my sister's and walked the extra mile - would have been WAY faster.

Thanks to Jennifer, Christina and Christina for keeping me entertained in the car at least!  And congrats to each of you on a great race!

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