No better way to boost my metabolism and have fun in the community than to participate in the 43rd Annual YMCA Turkey Day Fun run.
I knew what to expect as far as chilly temperatures. I ran in the same conditions a few days ago with my group. I purchased a pair of Livestrong women’s lightweight running gloves to provide protection to what was early signs of frostbite the other day.
I arrived at the Northeast YMCA an hour early and there were plenty of parking spaces. The atmosphere was very laid back and family oriented. I chatted with a college student majoring in Kinesiology up in Wiscosin to pass time.
I spotted a familiar face of Lynn Riedling. She’s one of my running idols. At 54 years old, she slays 5ks like a high school cross country champion. She’s a 1st grade teacher too. Lynn totally rocks!
The race started at 8:30 and the feel like temps of 14 degrees were no joke! I used vitamin E oil to protect my face and blistex for my soup coolers. My hair was in a protective bun with coconut oil.
My first mile split was 6:56. My hands were still cold with the Livestrongs. I even doubled up with a pair of the freebie cotton gloves from a race last winter.
It was so cold that the half way water stop had to use bottles because the smaller cups would have frozen. I felt so bad taking two sips from a slushy water bottle and tossing.
Finally, I can hear the DJ and announcer so I knew the finish line was near. I dug deep for the last quarter mile and sprinted towards the finish.
My time was 40:35 landing me 3rd in my age group. The race is advertised as a 10k but part of the fun is to guess the distance up to a thousandth of a mile. The official distance was 6.040.
The top three men and women were awarded turkeys and trophies. First place in each age division were awarded trophies as well.
I stuck around for the door prizes and I saw a family from the Throo the Zoo race. The mother told me her boys have been doing this Turkey Trot since they were 2 yrs old.
I sipped hot tea and cheered on the women’s division winners before I parted ways. This will be an annual event for me as it is for many others. There were participants from 23 states.