Win a race, Win a Turkey

In my training post yesterday I mentioned that I was running a Turkey trot 5K. Well, I did. And it was a pretty fantastic race.

I went alone because my friends suck were too lazy to get out of bed but luckily it was only about 2 miles up the road at Towson University. I was originally planning on running there but I wasn’t sure what I’d do if I won something or needed my phone or wallet, so I ended up driving.

I got there and it was FREEZING! I wore my sweatshirt and sweatpants until right before the race started. And then made the decision to run in my compression sleeves because I was still cold. I warmed up for about 20 minutes and headed down to the starting line on the track.

My first mile was a little slow. I felt like crap the entire time. My legs were feeling so heavy and I literally wasn’t sure what I was going to do. It occurred to me that hitting my peak mileage at 50miles the week that I wanted to PR in a 5K was probably not my smartest move. I came across the mile marker at about 6:45 which is 15 seconds slower than I’m supposed to go for cross country. I was not a happy camper.

I was however, the first girl by this point. There was one other girl that started out in front of me but I got her within the first 4 minutes or so. I was in the top 10 overall so I knew I wanted to maintain my position, if not move up a little (not a huge deal since it was a pretty small race, mostly college students, and no more than 300 people).

I came across mile 2 feeling absolutely awful. My legs were burning. I had definitely slowed down a lot and was just under 14 minutes at the marker. I was really upset. All I wanted to do was break 21 minutes (my previous best was a 21:07). I didn’t think I could do it. I had passed 2 more people at this point and was closing in on another guy.

The last mile I really pushed it. My legs were numb and heavy but I wanted to get that time more than anything. So I kept going. I came around the corner onto the track where the race finished and the clock read 20:32. I don’t think I’ve ever moved that fast in my life. I finished in 20:51. A new PR for road racing. I was ecstatic!

I ran another 30 minutes cool down while waiting for the awards to start.

and made sure to stop for a selfie

I won a turkey. A 12 pound turkey. Too bad I can’t eat it since a) I don’t like turkey and b) I’m getting on a plane in less than 24 hours to go home for Thanksgiving, where my family probably already has 4 other turkeys thawing in the fridge (they like to compare the different styles of cooking them).

I also set a new course record. This sounds pretty awesome, and it is, but it’s actually not that big of a deal since it was the first time that course has been run. Next year I’ll just have to better my own record😉

So there’s my last blast of racing for awhile. Actually, it’s my last blast of training, period. Next week there’s a good chance I’ll be under 30 miles, and I’ll definitely be under 40. It’s back to zumba and walking for me!

Who else is racing for thanksgiving?

What’s the craziest prize you’ve ever one?

Has anyone else ever raced while feeling like crap?

About pickyrunner

I'm Sarah, a (mostly) health-crazed 20-year old New Englander living in Baltimore. Taste buds of a 4-year old, joints of a 90 year old, brain of a chemist, appetite of a teenage boy, legs of a runner. Mindset of a Champion. Follow @pickyrunner
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20 Responses to Win a race, Win a Turkey

  1. Wow, congratulations! I My 5K PR is 22:something and I thought that was good. That’s awesome. About the prize…I won my age group in the last half marathon I ran. It was called the “Crawlin Crab Half Marathon” and I won seafood seasoning and those wooden things you bang on crabs to eat them with. Talk about a bummer. As my mom said, it’s not all about the prize! Hope you have a good Monday!

    • pickyrunner says:

      I know, I guess I’m more excited about winning than I am about the prize anyways. But I’m used to winning my age group and I get uber jealous of the prize for the person who won the whole race so I guess that’s what I was expecting? Still pretty cool though! And 22 something is pretty good to me🙂 I didn’t start getting this fast until I did track and had speed workouts 2-3 days a week!

  2. I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!! That’s SO fab, Sarah!! Congrats!
    I love so many things about this — The “I don’t chase boys, I pass them” mentality = my absolute favourite, totally love running in compression sleeves for warmth, the small crowd making for a fabulous feeling (I don’t care if the crowd is small — being on the podium rocks all the same!), and the sarcasm behind the 50mpw comment (because I definitely say that all the time — my last one: “Well it wasn’t a PR, but then again I should exactly to expect to PR a 10km the day after a 25km run, should I?” — um. Yeah. #runninglife).
    Fingers crossed for a fabulous week — take the time for yourself and your mind/body. You’re a rockstar in all your turkey-winning, 50 mile-ing, ever-smiling fabulousness!!

    • pickyrunner says:

      thanyouthankyouthankyou!! It means a lot❤
      I really do like beating boys- it's such an uplifting feeling. And I do better with small races because there's less distractions from cheering. I'm hoping for a wonderful week too. Hope yours is just as good!

  3. smellingthehoneysuckle says:

    I have raced whilst feeling like crap but I tend to be crap every race so I feel it’s a trend. None of my local races are giving away turkeys but I will be getting my very own Santa suit when I do the Jingle Jog in 3 weeks.

    Congratulations on your PB🙂

    • pickyrunner says:

      Jogging in a Santa suit?! I need to find a Race like that!! I think we just need to listen to our bodies and take it easier right before a race. Unfortunately I’m still learning on that one.

  4. Megan says:

    What did you do with the turkey?! Amazing run, awesome time!! I ran the DC color run (5k) still wickedly drunk from the night before. I went to bed around 4 after WAY too much drinking with HS friends, got woken up by my roommate POUNDING on the door bc I accidently locked her out of the apt (slide lock) and got up at 8, was out the foor at 8:05 and running by like 8:30. I smelled liked booze and was thankful that the majority of the people I was running with had never run 2 miles consitently. I yogged and galloped (the team name thanks to me was the galloping unicorns) through the race and then went home and back to sleep.

    • pickyrunner says:

      That sounds like a rough race! I can’t imagine running drunk although I’ve never had alcohol either so I guess I would have to know what that feels like first to understand. I’ve always wanted to do a color run though. They sound like so much fun!!
      I’m bringing the turkey to a food pantry. Might as well get some use out of it!

  5. Hayley says:

    YAYYY!!! Congrats on the PR! That time if fricking awesome girl. I wish I could run a turkey trot or something on Thanksgiving but since I’ll be in Hawaii, we are spending Thanksgiving morning kayaking instead. I’m sorry you felt like crap most of the race but hey, you pulled it off and won a turkey😉

    • pickyrunner says:

      What?! Hawaii! That’s so cool!!! I’m so jealous!! I can see how it’s sad that it doesn’t feel like thanksgiving though. It’s like spending Christmas on a tropical vacation. It wouldn’t feel right. But have an amazing time🙂

  6. CONGRATS girly, that is aweeesome! You are faster than lighting! Haha I can’t believe they were giving away real whole turkeys😛

  7. Amy Lauren says:

    Congrats on your win and on donating the turkey, that is a good use for it since you cannot use it. Awesome PR too, mine is a 23:23 and I hope to break that soon *crosses fingers*. Have a good day!

  8. So proud of you homie. Wish you were there when I fly back on Wednesday but I can’t wait for our meetup soon. So excited for you and your new PR!

  9. Brittany says:

    A turkey!?!?! HAHAHA that would be the WORST prize for me to win (vegannn over hurrr) but since I’m not a speed demon I don’t have to worry about that. But seriously..a turkey? Regardless AWESOME job and congrats!!

    I’ve run a race feeling like death before and it sucked, but I just so happened to PR in that race too. Fancy that!

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