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.