Saturday, November 30, 2013

Turkey Trot '13

If you asked me about 4-5 weeks ago if I'd be able to run this race this year, I would have laughed in your face.  Yeah, right.  No way I could run that, much less race it.  Well, I did run but not race it.
I was graduated from formal PT a few weeks ago and have continued on my own.  I have definitely gotten somewhere and hope to continue to be able to avoid surgery to repair my torn hip labrum.  I have very gradually, slowly increased my run mileage with some niggles but nothing major as far as I can tell.  Time came around to decide to run Turkey Trot or not and decided I'd do a warmup run and decide if the hip was willing.  We woke to the coldest temps of the fall, perfect running weather.  Felt ok on the warmup run so decided to give it a go.  I haven't done any tempo runs, just a couple shorter, slow "interval" workouts to test the hip.  Didn't figure my current fitness level would allow anything sub-7 minute pace as most of our regular runs are 8:30-8:50 pace.  Started out at 7 min pace to see how long I could hang on and was surprised to see I could hold this the whole way.  Slowest 10K for me in many years but over the moon to line up and participate!  Our rule with Turkey Trot is we run unless injured, sick or out of town!  Saw lots of friends and had a blast.  Even got on the Masters podium, shocker of the day!  It was a really good Thanksgiving for sure.  The Dane missed the Grandmasters podium but remains motivated to improve on this.  He will run the Holiday Halfathon in a couple weeks but I don't have the mileage for that so my next run planned is Say No to Drugs 10K the week after.  I plan week to week now so we'll see.  I am going to try and register for NYC Marathon '14, just can't resist!  Fingers crossed!