For the third year in a row I ran a 5k to start off Thanksgiving. The beauty of this year’s race was that Norman finally had it’s own Turkey Day 5k. If I’m going to run a 5k, not having to get up early and drive far makes it much more tolerable.
I met Anne a little early and we ran an easy mile to get warmed up, and then there were pictures.
Tray, Tiffany, Jerry, me and Anne
I love local races and being able to see so many familiar faces out there.
After my strong run on Sunday at the Route 66 Half, I was ready to go out for a fun run. Anne and I talked about what our race goals were and we were shooting for a 25 minute race.
We set out and were running around an 8 minute pace, and it didn’t feel horrible. I felt like I was pushing but I was not killing myself. We were still chatting through the race.
This was in the second mile, and I really wish I looked like I was actually running. I hate crappy race photos!
I pulled a little ahead of Anne, but she ended up passing me on the last turn on the track to the finish line. Unofficially her time was 24:59 and mine was 25:01. My clock time was 25:24, which was my fastest 5k of the entire year. I hope that 2014 will bring a little more speed and a little fewer setbacks.
We did get some good post race pics.
Anne and I
Kim and I.
Kim’s friend, Kim, Julie and I.
Julie and I. I almost didn’t recognize Julie out on the roads!
It was a great morning with some great friends. I will definitely be back next year. They gave long sleeved t-shirts at the finish line, along with Christmas ornaments. What a great idea! I am a sucker for a long sleeved t-shirt, and this was not a technical shirt either, which never seems to happen these days.