“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gobble, Gobble! Turkey Trot Race Report

On Thanksgiving Day most families get up early to start the hard work of preparing the many dishes for their evening feast.  Not mine!  We were up bright and early, and we were working hard, but we spent our morning joining over 15,000 runners and walkers in the 20th annual Austin Turkey Trot.

We met up with family friends and my parents around 8:15 Thursday morning.  The Kids K started at 8:45, and the 5 mile race started at 9:30.  Before the race, we waited near the start line, chatting and catching up with friends - we even got to see the honorary mascot of the race - a real, live, turkey!  Around 9:15, we all split up to go to our "corrals" - I lined up  in the 13-14 min/mile pace corral.  Then at 9:30, we were off!  There were so many people participating in the race, it took me almost 10 minutes to get to the start line!

It was supposed to be a 5 mile course, but as I crossed the finish line, I looked down and my Garmin had only logged 4.55 miles...wait, what?  Had my Garmin malfunctioned?  Had I lost satellites at some point and not realized it?  What had happened?  After checking with my dad, whose Garmin had also only registered just over 4.5 miles, we realized that the course hadn't actually been the full 5 miles!  Later, we received an email from the race organizers apologizing for the shortened course, saying that the pace car had missed a turn, and the lead runners followed, and they were then followed by the other thousands of runners...what are the chances?

This year's trot was especially fun because I knew quite a few people running it.  As we saw each other while passing or being passed, we'd exchange words of encouragement, or use a walk interval to talk for a minute.  It was definitely one of the most fun non-Disney races in which I've ever participated!
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