On Thanksgiving morning I ran in the 20th Annual PNC YMCA Turkey Trot (Pittsburgh, PA). The race was a cold and rainy. From the moment I woke up in the morning, the rain came down and it came down hard at points. I got to the race at 7:00am to help set up and get things ready. The pre-race e-mails stated that 4300 people signed up to run. When I first got there I was thinking we would be lucky to get 100 people. Throughout the morning I saw people come in to register but not a significant number. I helped set up the start and finish lines. The first race of the morning to start was the 1 mile fun run. Not many people showed. At about quarter till nine (the start time of the 5K and 5 mile race) all these people started flocking to the start line. I could not believe how many people showed up for the race. The ran never really stopped. At nine the race started and off I went.
My Dad came into Pittsburgh to visit and watch me run. During the course of the morning my Dad was roped into helping set up for the Turkey Trot. What a start to Thanksgiving. He thought he was in for a relaxing two days and a calm morning watching his daughter run. How was he suppose to know that clouds would open up and he would have to work.
I started my five mile race. The course was tight and there was a lot of runners. Like the beginning of a lot races the beginning of the Turkey Trot was a lot of jocking for position. I started at the end of the line so I had a lot of weaving to do. The course started at PNC Park (the baseball stadium). We circle the stadium and took a bridge into the city. We ran through the north end of the city back over the bridge to PNC Park. At the stadium the 5k and 5 mile race split and the 5 mile race went toward Heinz Field (football stadium) and the casino. My outfit for the race was my running capris, gloves, running sweatshirt and a longsleeve Under Armour shirt. During the run, I tossed my gloves. My hands get warm easily and the gloves were soaked. At first I was a little cold but as the race wore on I was warm. Plus, my clothes were very heavy from all the rain. I wanted to do was take my sweatshirt off but I knew that was not going to happen.
The race was tough especially with the conditions. Throughout the race I kept trying to push my pace. In the end, I finished just over 46 minutes. I ran about a 9:20 pace. That is a good pace for me. I usually run about 9:30 to 10:00 minute miles. I also felt okay at the end. My knee was a little sore but not too bad. I was so wet. I could not believe it.
My Dad was able to see my pass by a couple of times. The course doubled over itself a couple of times so there was a lot of opportunities to watch the runners. He was lucky enough be under his umbrella.
After the race, I celebrated with a breakfast bagel. After a nice shower it was on towards home for some great turkey.
My knee is finally starting to feel better. Last week was tough. I only got a run in on Tuesday. I did a lot of cross training on elliptical and bike. Doing a lot better.
Funny thing though is I went to Washington D.C. for the weekend and did a lot of walking. Now I am suffering from DOMS in my shins. Craziness. I did a lot of power walking type exercise with a close friend. My legs were just not use to it. Despite the slight soreness in my shins I had a great weekend with friends and watching Penn State beat Indiana University in football. DC is an awesome running/walking city. Every morning when my friend Katey and I went for a walk we saw so many people out exercising. It was wonderful to see such an active city.
This week is Thanksgiving week. I am running in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. I am doing the five mile race. Very excited. I am feeling much better. I am going for a small run/walk tomorrow and Wednesday. Can't wait to run and celebrate Thanksgiving with family.
Next week hopefully will be back to normal with running, exercise, work, and everything else. Holiday season is tough, however, I am more committed than ever.
Penn State gang in the wonderful November sunshine. Hard to believe we are in short sleeve shirts in November watching the Nittany Lions win.
I am battling a little body pains. My right knee is bothering me. I am currently using heat/ice treatment. Just frustrating. Last week I tried to take it easy which is difficult for me. On Saturday I went to play golf and by the 15th hole I was in some pain. I do not like when my pain starts bothering my golf game, and I am not able to be active. I tried to run a little last week, and it was not worth it. I definitely needed to rest my leg. Saturday evening I rested my knee with ice, heat, and ibuprofen. On Sunday morning I started to feel a little better so I went for a short jog. I had to stop, and walk but if felt a little better.
I started to do a little research about knee injuries. I thought it sounded like I had runner's knee. I bought an ace band for the knee. I like the feel of the compression on my leg. If helps a little bit. One of my co-workers says it sounds like I have IT band tightness. That is a definite possibility because I do not stretch as well as I should. He recommended to use a roller, and stretching. Using the roller was tough. I could really feel the tightness, and had some pain. Another gentleman at the gym explained he suffered the same problem I am currently having, and that with regularly stretching and the roller he feels better.
I am running in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. I hope my leg feels better for the run. I am currently on my heat treatment. I will work hard to be diligent on stretching and using the roller to help my IT band.
I am new to the world of running. I have run in the past but nothing special. I was also running for a team. I was told to run so I did. Now I am running because I want to. I complete my first half marathon in October and now I am going for a full marathon.
I started running for vanity sake. I like to exercise to maintain a health body and to keep my weight in check. I did my first half-marathon because I got a free registration. I soon realized that this running thing is kind of fun.
I am a golfer. I will first and forth most call myself a golfer. However, I am miss competing in golf like I did in college and amateur days. I still compete and play all the time but I miss that rush of the competition. I only play in one or two events a year so I needed something more. For the first time in the half marathon, I felt the adrenaline of a competition. I had something to train for. Exercise and training became one. Plus the running and training helped my golf game. I find something new.
I am running in my first marathon this spring. I will be running the Pittsburgh Marathon. Very excited and nervous. I am also going to run for a cause. I am going to raise money for Girls on the Run. "Girls on the Run is an experiential afterschool program that encourages young girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles" (Girls on the Run). I needed some motivation and I found it. The program is for girls 3rd through 8th grade. With the rise of obesity and sedentary behaviors it is great to have a program that works to help girls have a healthier lifestyle physically, mentally, and socially.
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