Yesterday, I participated in the Fifth Annual Family Fun Turkey Trot!
I woke up on Thanksgiving morning to beautiful and cold weather. Where I live it was about 40ºF and where the race was to be held it was about 30ºF. But the sun was shining and the skies were clear and the air was calm. The 50-minute drive up was lovely...fall colors through the vineyards, the bay was mirror-like, everything felt clean and crisp.
The event was very well-run... easy and adequate parking for all, an assortment of yummies including coffee and hot chocolate, a bathroom very close by that was heated (so nice! people were joking about hiding out in there), friendly and efficient traffic control provided by the husband one of the hosts, personalized timing provided by the same husband, a very well-marked "real" 5K course... my compliments to the race organizers!
The course started off with a nice, long downhill through a beautiful vineyard and continued with a nice, long downhill through a tree-lined residential area. I realized pretty quickly that this nice, gentle, long downhill stretch would be turning into a not-so-nice, seemingly-less gentle, and suprisingly longer-feeling uphill at the very end of the run! It then looped around through some semi-farm-ish/residential areas, a good mix of flat and hills up and down, past a very helpful 2-mile marker (so happy to see that) until heading back up toward the start. I got to see frost! And frozen puddles! We don't often have those where I live.
With the fresh reminder that this was called a "run" and not a "race" lol there was no jostling, no tripping, no slapping, no name-calling... oh, that was back at home... and everyone just truly trotted along, really enjoying the beautiful morning.
I finished the course in 28:52. So Catey was right... faster than my prediction... by a good amount.
Met some very nice people! Anne Marie and her friends are fun and friendly. She and her co-host attract a good bunch!
What a great way to start a day of giving thanks!