This morning I woke up at the super-early hour of 5:30am in order to get ready to participate in this year’s Turkey Trot. The last time I did this turkey trot was back in 2008, when I was experiencing the numbness in my feet and legs. With all that I’ve accomplished in terms of weight loss and fitness in recent months, I knew that this year’s Turkey Trot would be a completely different experience.
This year I walked in the 5K with Ani, and it was fun to chat and catch up as we walked the flat, easy course. This course was almost the same one that I did for the SJ Rock n Roll Mini Marathon just a month ago. It felt like there were a LOT more people in this one, maybe because there were fewer waves. They said there were over 25,000 people participating today, which I think is awesome. There were people of all ages and abilities out there this morning, which made me smile, thinking of all the people fitting in a bit of fitness before the big meals today.
Speaking of my headband, I’m so glad I wore it. There were so many fun costumes out there today – from turkeys with tutus to hats with felt “cooked” turkeys and tribes wearing feather headdresses and everything in between. So fun!
One thing I’ve been noticing in the 5Ks I’ve been participating in lately is that now that I’ve lost so much weight and gone down a lot of sizes in my pants, I have quite a bit more giggle in my thighs than I’d like. Since none of my workout pants are the compression type that hold it all in, I decided to wear a shaper under my workout pants. It worked perfectly, and gave me a lot more confidence than I’ve had. In fact, I think I’m going to wear them when I start the C25K tomorrow (I know I was supposed to start Monday, but Sofi got sick (she’s fine now) so plans changed, but I WILL start in the morning).
A few more pre-race pics we took to commemorate the occasion:
The race was really fun, and although it took us about an hour (official time: 59:15.752) to walk it (which is slower than I’d hoped), I am really proud of myself. I felt strong the entire time, and ended the walk feeling even better than I had when I started.
Who knows, maybe next year I’ll be running the 5K. Or maybe even the 10K!