Yesterday was the first annual Joplin Turkey Trot! There were over 600 people who registered for the 5K and 1 mile fun run. I ran the 5K and my youngest daughter ran the mile fun run. I didn't get to see her run since they started the fun ran 5 minutes after the 5K start so my husband was there to see her run.
The event kicked off at 8:00 a.m. which was a decent time. Glad it wasn't 7:00 a.m. We arrived and there were tons of people everywhere in the downtown Joplin area where the event took place. The start/finish was at 6th and Main. From 6th and main we ran north to 2nd street and headed west to about half a block past Maiden Lane and back.
It was a very nice morning to run. Everyone seemed happy and I saw lots of friends and I grabbed those I saw at the moment for a group picture that my husband took of us. That was fun! A few minutes later they made the call for the 5Kers so I gave my jacket to my husband and headed to the line. After the National Anthem, the race started about a minute later. I was not really feeling the race about less than a half mile into it for some reason. My GPS did not work for me even though I hit the record button so that threw me off because I didn't know what my mile paces were and I didn't want to mess with the GPS on my phone that was attached to my arm, ugh! I was happy to make the turn to head back. Still was not feeling the race. I was very tired and couldn't understand why since I had been flying in my half marathons. I knew with this 5K I should have been moving faster. Anyways, we made the turn back onto main heading south. I would say there was about 200 yards or so to the finish line and the wind was hitting me right in the face, slowing me down. By the time I could see the clock it read just under 24 minutes and right as I finished it read 24:05, but my chip time was 24:01. It would be my personal best, but not my best feeling race. My chest was on fire and I was couching like crazy! My husband reminded me that I was getting over my cold. I felt good before the race, but once I started to run, I guess I was feeling the effects of the cold and congestion I didn't really realize I still had. I think the run made my congestion flare back up. I was very tired today and took lots of hers to help get me to feeling better.
I did get a PR AND 1st place in my age group so I'm pleased. I didn't get the 21:00 or 22:00 minutes I wanted but I'm sure that time will come.
Thanksgiving Day was wonderful as we shared it with friends and family. I am Blessed!