Happy gobble, gobble day!!! I started the day off the best way I could possibly think of. I paced the 1:45 group for the Thankful 13 Half Marathon. The temperature was perfect, it was a bit windy but at least it wasn't raining or, heaven help me, snowing. The race started at 8 which meant that I got to sleep in, woo hoo! Nine plus hours of sleep does a body good...REALLY good!
doTerra and my neighbor just happened to have some. I begged and pleaded with her to let me use some, just kidding she is the nicest gal in town and was happy to pass it along. I also slept in my Pro Compression stockings.
At about mile 3 some guy caught up to me and said "You're going a little fast for 1:45 aren't you?" People can be pretty rude to pacers. I wasn't that far ahead maybe one minute, relax dude!! I decided to slow down a little, your welcome crabby patty, which made me nervous, I like to bank a little time so I can walk through aid stations. Refueling while running can be somewhat difficult and I like to make sure that I give my followers a chance to grab a drink and such.
I had a number of different people who were trying to stick with me but this course was a little harder than I think people were expecting. Did I mention that it was WINDY? Wind can really put a damper on things. At one point when there was a really strong headwind I tried to draft off a couple of fellers. Apparently the wind was slowing them down too though so I had to try to pass them...they wouldn't have it. They saw my sign and got in front of me again. I wanted to chat it up with them but I could tell that they weren't the chatty Kathy types. They were obviously friends and they both had earphones. There was no talking going on between them and I didn't want to bug them. We ran alongside each other for a while and then a little downhill came so I zipped past them. That was my one chance to try to bank a little time for the hill that I knew was coming.
Not only did the hill come but a really ugly headwind...RUDE!!! My Fuelbelt had been driving me crazy the entire time and I had dropped my gloves twice already so at around mile 11 or 12 I threw them both to the side of the road. I needed all the help I could get, I was going to be cutting it close and I knew it.
Thankfully the last mile was slightly downhill so I was able to make up a little time that I had lost chatting with a guy at around mile 9. I don't know my exact time but I think I got pretty dang close to 1:45, maybe a few seconds off. Unfortunately none of my followers made it in with me, that blasted wind was brutal.
The finish line had pumpkin pie, hot chocolate and cake. Too bad for me I didn't feel like eating anything. I grabbed a couple cups of water and called it good. This race was so well organized, it went off without a hitch. I'm so glad that there is finally a half marathon on Thanksgiving Day. Sorry but a 5K just won't cut it on a day of feasting ;) The course was beautiful and did I mention that the volunteers ROCKED?!? Yes, they were awesome! On this day of thanks giving I am very thankful that I was able to run this race. LOVED IT!
Now it's time to head over to Mama Jex's house for a delicious feast. I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
And for your enjoyment, check out my post from last Thanksgiving, just in case you are bored and need a chuckle :) Your welcome!