TXU Turkey Trot 10k

Hellloooo from Houston! And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying a day with family, friends or loved ones and doing whatever makes you happiest!

Let’s talk about the Turkey Trot! It has been a, let’s say, less than ideal week. I flew in to Houston last weekend, but had to go to VA for work on Sunday & Monday. I came back to some unexpected family stuff that made for a pretty emotional week. So I showed up today, not sure how much I had to give mentally.

Pre-Race

Last night we went to my Uncle’s house for a pre-Thanksgiving get together (or a “practice stretching out your stomach” session, as someone called it). To be honest (okay…here is where you call me CRAZY), traditional Thanksgiving foods are really not my favorite. I could probably live without Turkey, dressing and all the fixings for the rest of my life and not miss it. We didn’t stay super long and were home by 8:30.

I woke up at 5:20 this morning when I heard my dad rummaging around in the kitchen. After the normal pre-race routine, we were on the road by 6:15, as planned. We didn’t get 2 miles down the road before I realized, OH MY GOSH, I forgot my Garmin. Most of you would probably tell me that I should have left it at home, but it is my crutchand I never, ever race without it. We went back to the house so I could get my beloved watch.

A few minutes after our 7 a.m. designated meeting time, I hopped out of the car to meet Holly, Laura and Batch (Holly’s speedy husband) at the Luke’s Locker tent.

Yikes, can you see how swollen my eyes still are?!

It was so much fun to see them again after meeting in Houston last year and keeping in touch through our blogs and Twitter. In fact, seeing them was the perfect distraction that I needed after this week! We warmed up for about a mile and a half, chatted and I felt myself relax and genuinely smile for the first time in 2 days.

The Race

After the warm-up we made a quick stop by the port-a-potties, said a quick hi to my parents (and Ernie!) then headed over to the start. As we were walking up, we heard the announcer say “GO” and all of a sudden, the runners were going by us on the other side of the road.

*Ensue Panic*

Holly and I started running up to the start chute as Batch called after us “It’s.Chip.Timing.” We made it up to the start about a minute after the race began and snuck through some corral gates to get in.

Unfortunately this meant that we spent the entire first mile weaving around slower runners and walkers trying to find space to run and get the pace down. It was a bit frustrating, but of course, our own fault for not watching the time. Holly, Batch and I somehow managed to stay together despite all of the weaving and hit mile 1 at 7:21. 

I tried to settle in to my 7:00 – 7:05 goal pace after that, hoping I could make up some time later, but the pace felt WAY harder than it should have that early. I already had that “I am working really hard” feeling in my stomach (Do you know the one? Or is that just me?) and I spent the next 2ish miles convinced that I was going to blow-up after the first 5k. I definitely don’t remember the last time that I had so many negative thoughts during a race.

Miles 2 & 3: 7:00, 7:05

Somewhere around the end of mile 3, I realized that, while the pace was uncomfortable, it wasn’t getting any harder to keep it there and that I was probably going to be just fine. I also quit the negative thinking crap and focused on just running and keeping the pace steady.

Mile 4: 7:02

Just before mile 4.5 I started to really struggle. But in a 10k, I knew this is where it is supposed to hurt. I would see the pace slip a little and then push to get it back down. The sun was in my face so I pulled my visor down and didn’t look at anything but the road in front of me.

Mile 5: 7:05

When my watch beeped at mile 5, a guy asked me something about what the time or pace was (not sure?) and I REALLY wanted to be nice and answer him, but I truly was too tired to even get the words out. I just kind of mumbled/grunted at him.

Finally we rounded the corner toward the finish and on the long straight road, I could SEE the finish line chute. It hurt so bad and I felt like I was barely moving, but every time I looked down, my pace was still about the same.

Mile 6: 7:00

I looked at my watch as I was headed toward the finish and saw 43:xx. I really wanted to go sub-44:00, so I opened my stride and ran as fast as I could through the finish.

Mile 0.21: 1:21 (6:30 pace)

Official Time: 43:53 (7:04 min/mile) (Although the timing tweet said 43:55?)

And this is what I looked like after crossing the finish line…

And eventually I recovered enough to give Ernie a little love through the gate (while reporting my time, of course) :)

Overall: 164/2481, Female: 19/1255, AG: 3/250

After the race, I met up with Holly (who PR’d by 5 minutes!!) and Laura (who PR’d the 5k with a smoking fast 20:22!!) again and got to meet Twitter friend, Kelli (who also PR’d on a hurt foot!!) and her friend, Erin.

Batch and his ladies :)

I am very happy with my time. My old PR was 45:30 from 2011 and I really thought I could beat that. I hoped to be under 44:00 and I was, so no complaints! (Although I still am kicking myself for the time/energy lost on that first mile!)

And one last thought: Never underestimate the power of supportive running friends and a little push-yourself-till-you-want-to-puke running when life throws you twists and turns :).

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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12 Responses to TXU Turkey Trot 10k

  1. elizabeth says:

    hugs, my friend. hope you are okay. i’ve decided i don’t like run till you feel like puking races. you kicked some major A! congrats on the PR and AG win-you are on FIRE! hope you can rest and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  2. Jodi says:

    Hope everything is ok with your family! Congrats on the run. Awesome! I was excited to get in just under 60 min on mine. Haha. Just not built like a runner!

  3. Ricole Runs says:

    You are SO fast, holy crap. You are SO going to kill the crap out of a marathon this year! CONGRATS!

  4. XLMIC says:

    Stellar job, girl. I always find that some good family crap laden with emotional upheaval is very helpful in staying grounded and focused…NOT. I’ve been living in that fun place for nearly a year now so I can totally relate. You crushed this 10K. You gave yourself such a gift and showed yourself how strong you ARE. Way to GO.

  5. holy wow, I think I’ve said it like twenty times but you inspire me. I really am doing my speed work, so one day maybe i’ll actually get faster :) I think turkey trots are really hard to PR at, at least the one’s here are soooo packed. way to hit your goal

  6. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:

    You did an amazing job!! Especially coming in feeling as you were feeling. I love that running can help us pound out the stress of life! It was so great seeing you again, too. Wish you lived in Houston. :( Hope you had save travels home… and congrats again!!

  7. Terzah says:

    Congratulations, Corey, on the PR! 10Ks are hard, but Houston’s a pretty good town for fast races, I guess! You have gotten so speedy and that sounds like the perfect way to deal with unpleasantness and family stuff.

  8. so glad we got to run together before the race and catch up after!! was great to see you again. i have to admit, that’s the first time i’ve missed a race start- especially when we were there 30 minutes early! HA! batch kept telling me to stop looking at my watch and just keep up with corey—maybe next time! :) hope y’all got everything worked out (at least somewhat)…BTW, Eugene is going to be off the charts AMAZING!! :)

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  10. Jocelyn says:

    HOLY SHIT – you are freaking fast (per usual)!!! Congratulations!!!! Also – those photos are CLASSIC.

    Can’t wait for Eugene!!! (FYI This will go on the bottom of all my comments going forward)

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