Running my first Turkey Trot was the highlight of the last couple weeks of training. Dallas hosts the largest Turkey Trot, with almost 50K people running either the 5K or 8-mile distances. There’s few moments more exciting than seeing so many people up early to run.
I chose to race the 8-mile distance, which ended up being a competitive and fast course. I’ve never done a race of that distance before (instant PR!) so I had to think carefully about pacing myself: faster than a half-marathon but how much faster? I settled on an 8:30 pace and stayed there. I know I could push myself harder next time, but I feel great about how I did.
After eating lots of Thanksgiving pie, I took Friday as a rest day. We ran 10 miles Saturday morning. My legs will be taking it easy the rest of the week. I hardly believe marathon week has finally arrived! Sleeping (resting up for the race) will be the most important element of my training this week.