Several years ago, my same race director friend started a turkey trot in Pflugerville so that folks wouldn't have to drive downtown and spend half their day doing a turkey trot. This way, those of us who live in Pflugerville can get up, have a fun race, and be done in time to get home and get those Thanksgiving feasts underway. I've done it every year since he started it, but this year decided I needed to do the 10K for this one. I needed to get some "longer" runs in before the marathon on 12/10.
Thanksgiving morning turned out to be pretty cold for us. When I got to the lake, my weather app showed 38 degrees. I got my packet from him and headed back to the warm car to wait until race start. About 15 minutes before the start, I headed over to get ready.
The 10k folks took off first. I had no goal on this one other than get the miles in. As we headed out from the start line, lots of people got ahead of me. I just kept reminding myself that I just needed the miles. I've been struggling to run straight through without walk breaks lately, so I just wanted to run as much as I could.
As I came around the first loop (each loop is 3 miles) I could feel my right hamstring giving me issues and could feel it affecting my gait, but kept going. I had warmed up by now and shed a layer. I was kind of wishing I had just done the 5k, but knew this would be good for me.
Somehow, I managed to make it back around to the finish and was glad to be done. The course wasn't a true 10k, so my results show a time of 57:55, which I was happy with.
My garmin shows the mile splits as follows:
Mile 1: 9:12
Mile 2: 9:26
Mile 3: 9:38
Mile 4: 9:59
Mile 5: 10:36
Mile 6: 9:10 (garmin shows it as 0.89 miles)