The festivities include a 1-miler, a 5K, and a 5-miler. I did the 5-miler only.
On race day, Adam and I arrived just as the 5K was getting underway. It was fun to watch. Unfortunately, I eventually had to Frogger my way through the running masses since I needed to do race-day packet pickup.
As I was waiting for the 5-miler to start, I noticed the organizers were blasting fantastic 80s music over the loudspeakers. It helped energize me. When this old classic came on, I shamelessly broke into the best Wahlberg-esque moves I could muster:
|One of the ever-iconic bridges|
|With the Bill Mazeroski statue|
The result wasn't horrible. But again it didn't come out quite the way I hoped:
|Do I look like I'm doing Wahlberg-type moves while on the run?|
Having run this Turkey Trot so many times, I knew the course well. I elected to run without my phone, which felt surprisingly invigorating. It enabled me to focus entirely on all the sights and sounds without thinking about photo opps, text messages, etc.
This was the first running I'd done since the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half, so I wasn't sure what the paces would feel like. At the very least, I wanted to break 50 minutes.
Within the first half-mile, my Garmin said my pace was around a 9-minute mile. The idea momentarily crossed my mind that if I kept the pace up, I could attempt a sub-45. Then, a 9:00 pacer blew by me, which immediately brought me back down to reality. He passed with so much alacrity, it reminded me of this:
My favorite parts of the course, as always, were the bridges. In previous Turkey Trot renditions, I've felt the bridge inclines quite acutely. With this in mind, I braced myself each time I approached. What a pleasant surprise to find the inclines didn't bother me at all. The hill training I did earlier this year apparently had stronger staying power than anticipated, woo hoo!
|This Pittsburghese, as seen on several runners' shirts, just seemed appropriate to say here.|
With about a half-mile to go, I saw Adam again. Time to attempt another jumping pose. Check out the action stream he captured:
With less than a quarter mile to go, I saw a man ahead of me wearing a banana suit. I instantly decided I didn't want to be beaten by the banana. I turned on the jets as best as I could and did manage to pass him shortly before crossing the finish line. It's funny what kinds of random encounters end up motivating you, eh?
Adam and I ran into several friends afterwards, including our friend Jared (who we didn't even know was running!) It was wonderful to catch up.
|L to R: Adam, me, and Jared|
Jared actually finished just a few seconds after I did, but surprisingly we never saw each other on the course!
|Brian, Laurel, Julie, Adam, Hudson, me, Molly, Jacob|
With that... I now have exactly zero races on the future calendar! Let's see how long this lasts...!
Linking up with Marcia, Patti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.