Thankfully Katie picked up my bib the day before so I got to sleep in a little later. The race starts at 10 am but the roads close at 9:30 so we arrived at 9 am to be safe. The race started fast and we were off. As soon as we crossed the starting line, there was a back up. I ran on the grass for a little while. I realized I had started too fast but was enjoying it. Nothing feels better than running fast and feeling strong. This was a new course. By mile 3, I was getting tired and slowing down. I told myself that I didn't want to walk at all. Unfortunately, after I crossed the fourth mile clock, I walked a little. That walking hurt my left IT band more than running did so I kept running.
As I was running in, I saw the clock at 55 minutes, I realized it was a BIG PR for me! I had never finished a 5 mile race in under an hour. I was thrilled. We celebrated all of our strong finishes with a beer. My only complaint, the lack of food! The race only had apples, bananas, soup, and beer. They ran out of too bagels so fast. No matter the time on the clock or the food offered, I love the family tradition of the Madison Turkey Trot.
Time: 54:36 Pace: 11:08
"We all have dreams, in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort." -Jesse Owens, Olympic gold-medalist runner