I selected my annual Turkey Trot based on one thing and one thing only: location in relation to my parent’s house. I wanted to be able to book it home as quickly as possible to start stuffing my face with turkey and all the fixings as soon as possible. I always have my priorities in order.
Normally, I have run the Perry Rotary or Tusc Valley YMCA Turkey Trots. Perry’s race has grown to 2,000+ and the YMCA’s race continues to grow as well (plus is a nice 45 minute drive BLAH). I am a fan of smaller races and I like to support up and coming races as well. Green’s race was a first. And for it being a first, it definitely received a big draw from the Akron area. 509 runners in the 5K and probably 100 runners for the 1 mile “Fun Run”.
I had targeted the Turkey Trot as being my “all the chips thrown in” attempt at a 5K PR. I did speedwork and tempo runs like a fiend over the past 3 weeks. And then last Saturday, while PR’ing the heck out of a 5 Mile Training Run, I tweaked my left calf. With the way my running form is, being a mid- to forefoot striker, a calf strain was just not going to cut it. So I sucked it up and bought some CEP Compression sleeves so I could have some support during the race. I didn’t care that Hubs started referring to me as a schoolgirl. I felt well supported and ready to run.
I may or may not have stolen all of the photos. I give all credit to the watermarked photographer.
The race was a nice out and back that looped through all the Green Schools. It was mostly flat, with several rolling grade changes that I would not really classify as hills. I got off the line when the turkey gobbler went off as quickly as I could.
I ignored my Garmison the best I could. I didn’t check my mile splits. Instead I ran like it was going out of style. I ran like someone had lit a fire under my rear end. I thought only of PR glory and Turkey. And…it worked.
Final Finish: 21:28.16 (6:58/mile pace)
Overall Females: 5/287
Age Group: 1/82
New PR FTW!