Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Thursday November 22nd, 2018 was the 34th Annual Deland Thanksgiving 10 miler and 5k Road Race. This is the 'turkey trot' for our local race scene. I decided to run the 10 miler this year as a training run at my "long run pace" which is around 7:18-8:50 or so. I just wanted a fun race with no added pressure of achieving a certain time or goal pace. Ever since I ran the Tomoka Half Marathon back in March, I've been wanting to race longer distances just for fun. In fact, I have quite a few lined up for the next coming months.
We started at 7:30 am with the 5k runners right after us. My first three miles were closer to 7:20 and felt so great. I love easy running which is why I enjoy my training plan of high mileage with lots of easy days.
I picked up the pace after the first few miles or so to around 7:15ish. The course goes out and back on this rural, Deland road (not familiar with the area or road names). Let's take a moment to talk about just how beautiful this part of Deland is. It's rural but in the most captivating way. The last three miles I felt pretty decent so I picked up the pace to closer to 7:05. At the finish I felt awesome and ready for more.
I really enjoying incorporating races into my schedule at my long run pace. It takes the pressure off and it's just a great way to enjoy running. My next race is a trail run half marathon so that will be a fun challenge.
2nd in Age Group 30-34 Women
↓ The Bling ↓
Saturday 11/17/18 was the Operation Changing Lives 5k in Ponce Inlet, FL. This race benefits a great cause, it's in beautiful Ponce Inlet, and the weather is usually splendid this time of year. All those reasons make it a really special and fun event.
Mile 1 6:20
I didn't set any particular goals and just mainly wanted to have fun and enjoy myself. We started off at 8:00 am and the weather was fantastic, a tad on the chilly side with low humidity. I have been substituting races for speed work lately and have noticed it is harder for me to get up to the speeds I need especially on the first mile. I am going to work on regular speed work for a while during the break.
Mile 2 6:30
The course route is a mostly out and back along a scenic Ponce Inlet road. It's very flat and just a nice run. This mile was unremarkable but not my worst by far.
Mile 3 6:40
The last quarter mile or so is along a dirt road (which the trail runner in me appreciates).
Mile .10 6:09
I tried to kick it here and I sort of did so that's good. I felt pretty good running and confident in my paces. I know that I am getting there.
They have a really nice after party at this event. Krispy Kreme brought in donuts and some coffee (I think) and they also had plenty of waters, Gatorade, and fruit available. The awards ceremony was really nice as well. The overall winners got these really nice paintings in addition to the tiles made by the students. Once again this race never disappoints, and I look forward to it again next year!
Overall 5th out of 207
1st Overall Female
↓ The Swag ↓
When you think of Thanksgiving what comes to mind? Probably spending time with family and eating more food than imaginable. Well there is another Thanksgiving tradition that can also be fun (and way more healthy). I'm referring to the Turkey Trot tradition. Most every town has one while some are small and local well others have thousands of participants (Run to Feed The Hungry in Sacremento, CA had over 29,000 last year!). There's probably a race in your hometown that you didn't even know about. So why run in one of these? Well here are some reasons.
You get to pre-burn those calories.
The first reason you should run is probably the most obvious. Thanksgiving dinners can have over 2,000 calories just in one sitting. If you exercise ahead of time, you might feel less guilty about the holiday indulgence.
It's a great family tradition
Running usually brings families together, and it just seems like such a fun way to get everyone together for a common goal.
You can dress up
Turkey Trots usually encourage dressing up. You won't feel out of place with your turkey hat or full on costume here.
Turkey Trots are usually more fun
The vibe of these races is usually more laid back and fun since you will have all types of runners participating. Sign up and find out for yourself!
There's something for everyone
Many of these races can have more than just a 5k. Mine has a 10 miler, while some have half marathons, one mile races, and many have a kid's run. So, there's really something for the entire family.
Sunday 11/4/18 was The Paint the Towne 5k in Daytona Beach, FL. This is the fourth event of the 2018-2019 Daytona Running Series and a local favorite year after year. I always look forward to the long sleeve shirts and paint themed medals. My goal for this race was just to see where I was at without going all out.
Mile 1 6:22
The fall weather was nice for the morning not too hot or cold and overcast blocking the sun. I knew it would be a pleasant morning for a run. I tried to start out conservatively at the gate, which was actually too conservative. Oh well each race is a lesson, and I'm still learning.
Mile 2 6:26
I tried to just maintain my pace which wasn't fast or slow at this point and not go any faster making sure I would have enough left for the last mile. I felt really good during this mile also. One more thing to note Old Daytona is just delightful to run through.
Mile 3 6:36
As easy and slow as my first two miles had been, I still felt sluggish and tired after mile two. That's just how I always am. I need to 1. work on my endurance and 2. go out faster but not too fast in the future.
Mile .10 6:10
The final sprint over the little bridge is fun because it's a little downhill to the finish line. I felt pretty good after the race and overall things went well.
I gave these race a pretty good effort without going all out. I was also over a minute faster than last year and, my splits are also improving. It may be a slow journey, but I know I am getting there. I will be coming back to this race for the years to come.
This race gets an A+ for swag again this year. The shirt was really lovely with a pretty picture and deep color. The awards were matching tumblers and gift cards. The overall and masters winners also got some pretty fancy looking travel bags with the Daytona Beachcombers logo on them.
Overall: 2nd out of 143
1st Place Overall Female