I participated in the Longmont Turkey Trot, and it ended up being a really fun experience. When I signed up for the race, I was concerned that it might be cold or snowy, but surprisingly the weather on Saturday morning was beautiful and quite a bit warmer then it’s been lately. Since the most that I had ever run for a race was a 5k, I was a little bit nervous about doing this. I know lots of my fellow bloggers are marathon runners, but I am not (yet), so for me 6.2 miles is far. Going into the race, I was also a little worried that my stomach getting upset during the run because that happens occasionally to me, so last week I tried to steer clear of any foods that I thought might give me problems during the run. (Sorry for the overshare, but I know that some of my fellow runners out there know what I’m talking about!)
When I showed up Saturday morning, there were lots of people of all ages milling around waiting for the race to start, but I wouldn’t say that exactly put me at ease. Colorado is such a popular place for endurance athletes to live and train, that even something as minor as a Turkey Trot draws some pretty intense competitors. Lots of the people there on Saturday were decked out in serious running gear and were sporting t-shirts of various marathons they had participated in and I’m pretty sure there were a few runners there who had actually competed in the Olympics. (I know this because I heard people talking about it when I was in the bathroom so you know it’s true) Clearly, I wasn’t running this race to compete with those runners, so I just focused on my goal that I was running it for myself and all I really wanted to do was run the entire thing. (Like I said, anything over 5 miles is still far to me!)
The race started at 9 am, and I felt like I got into a nice groove pretty early on. The sun was shining, I was staring at the mountains, and just chugging along. The only hiccup I did have is that I started to get really hot in the jacket I had worn around mile 3, so I had to try to take it off with my number pinned to the front while still running since I really wanted to stick to my goal of running the entire time. Other than that, I felt great during pretty much all of the race, and definitely still had a lot of energy left when I finished.
|I have Cam to thank for these action shots…|
|Lola even came to cheer me on|
I feel like I’m discovering more and more that pushing myself to do things that make me uncomfortable are often the things that make me feel my best. When I actually step out of my comfort zone and do things that challenge me, I always wonder what I was so scared about in the first place and I feel like I grow as a person. I’d definitely be open to doing another 10k in the future, and I’m considering doing a half marathon sometime in 2012, we’ll see!
|Mom, you so crazy.|