Thursday, November 13, 2008
The dailySpark blog about Turkey Trots (Thanksgiving Day races) today caught my eye, & I became curious about Chicago's trot. Beware: the search mechanism on the Active.com website, linked to from that blog, doesn't actually work; it told me that no event was listed for Chicago. I found that hard to believe, so I started paging through the list, & eventually I found Chicago's Turkey Trot.
It's an 8K, run or walk (you sign up for either). Eight kilometers is about five miles. My usual run is between 2.5 & 3 miles, but I've done longer ones occasionally. 8K would take me about an hour, assuming that I'm running most of the time but slow down to walk as needed. Obviously the point for me is not to win but to get some exercise & enjoy being part of a friendly crowd. Registration is $30 + at least two cans of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
We will be hosting an extended family group, also including some friends, for dinner on Thanksgiving afternoon. Of course there's a LOT of prep to be done, though my sister & brother-in-law will bring some of the food. Am I crazy to contemplate taking 2.5 hours (including transport time) that morning to run a race?
I've never run a race before. It sounds like SO much fun . . .