Thanksgiving Race Recap

This is my third year running the Whitinsville 5 mile race on Thanksgiving day.  Every year, my friend Erika, my dad and I wake up early on Thanksgiving morning to run in this race.  I am always amazed at the huge turn-out, and the amount of elite runners at this race.  This year, there were over 800 people registered.  We were joking that everyone that runs in a race on Thanksgiving must be a dedicated runner because the night before is the biggest party night of the year!

In 2008, I believe my finishing time was somewhere around 45 minutes, which I was proud of.  In 2009, I finished in 41:59.9.  I was so proud of my 8:20ish minute/mile pace that I maintained throughout the whole race.  I felt strong and in the end I was proud.  I felt like there was no way I could ever beat that pace this year.  Since I have not been running as much this year, and  have also gained some healthy weight, I went into the race this year thinking that I wanted to finish between 43 minutes and 45 minutes.  I even had a dream the night before the race that I didn’t beat my time from last year, and was okay with it.

Erika and I started off the race at a good pace.  We don’t like to go with the crowd who sprints in the beginning and then dies down.  I believe we finished our first mile in 8 minutes and 37 seconds.  I felt good, and had no intentions of speeding up.  I just wanted to finish the race.  Around mile 2.5, I saw my dad ahead of me (we did not start the race together, so I had no idea where he was in the pack).  I could NOT let this happen, so of course I sprinted by him and said “oh my gosh dad, how were you ahead of me, see ya!!!”  Everyone around me laughed!  That was just the motivation I needed.  From then on, I had a new mentality for this race, to prove something to myself and that I COULD beat my time from last year.  Usually every year, Erika and I run together, but this year I started to pull ahead of her.  I felt bad and kept looking back to see if I could see her, but I really wanted to beat my time, so I kept trucking.  I ended up finishing the 5 miles in 40 minutes and 53 seconds!  That is a pace of 8:11 minute/miles.  I was so proud!  I was seriously gleeming of joy as I crossed the finish line!  I love racing, I really do.  It’s funny because I always say that i’m not a racer and I run for myself, but every time I finish any kind of race I am on could 9.  I LOVE it!  Half marathon, here I come!!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.   I am thankful for more this year than I have ever been thankful for in my life.  The small things in life that often go unappreciated are always thought of and thanked on this holiday.  I want to make sure that I continue to give thanks throughout the year and make sure that I don’t take things for granted.  I’m a lucky girl, and I really could not ask for more right now!

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About roadworthrunning

I am a 20-something graduate student pursuing my Doctorate of Audiology. It is a 4 year program, and I am currently in my fourth year, which is an off campus externship year. I will be spending it in a new place, Arizona! I will blog about food, health, exercise and life! Come along with me on my journey.
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One Response to Thanksgiving Race Recap

  1. Ashley says:

    at least it wasnt snowing.. until now.

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