My Turkey Trot

Friday, November 28, 2008

Our town does its Turkey Trot 5K the day after Thanksgiving. Last year, I was able to walk the 1st mile 3 weeks after having back surgery, so this year I wanted to jog that first mile then walk/jog the rest. I haven't jogged in a race since I was a teen, so this was a new experience for me! Over the past year, I've been increasing my walking endurance gradually, and by last September, I had started jogging a little bit, so that's when I started to prepare. There are some articles on Spark and elsewhere with titles like, "From Couch to 5K in 6 weeks". While these were helpful in spirit, I found that I am taking a lot longer to build up my own endurance to the point of jogging the whole 5K.

Jogging in a race is a lot different than jogging by yourself or jogging on a treadmill at the gym. There were a couple hundred of us lined up at starting time and everyone is anxious to get going. When the whistle blew, I immediately took up the pace of those around me and regretted it almost immediately. I wanted to stop after a quarter of a mile and if I had been by myself, I'm sure I would have. So I slowed way down and just focused on finishing that first mile jogging and tried not to pay attention to the fact that everyone was passing me and I was passing no one. Once I got to the first mile marker, I gladly started walking. At that point, there were others who also were taking a breather. I then walked and jogged the rest as I felt able. There were volunteers all along the course cheering people on. Even though I felt self-conscious of my pace, a couple of volunteers who were cheering pointed out that they couldn't do what I was doing ... and I reminded myself that just last year I couldn't either!

So I finished the race in 39 minutes ... just under a 13 min/mile. This put me at the tail end of the joggers but still ahead of the walkers!

I feel happy because I met my challenge. My DH is taking me out on Monday as he insists I need a 'real' pair of jogging sneakers. He insists it will make a HUGE difference (LOL! ). Regardless of the sneakers, this support means a lot to me.

My goal for Turkey Trot 2009: Jog the whole thing!
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    Great job. I couldn't have done it either. Just think you finished the race something not everyone can do. Be proud of yourself for that.
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    Good for you! I am blessed to read this blog... it gives me hope. Kudos for doing what you wanted to do, for taking care of you in the process, and for setting and meeting do-able goals! Go Girl!
    Blessings from Cathy in Wisconsin
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