Turkey Trot 5k, a PR, and Choosing Joy

First and foremost, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! This post will be super short as I have, ahem, eating to partake in!
Second, PLEASE forgive me as per usual I stink at getting adequate photos to properly document the foot racing festivities. I’m just usually really focused and like to take scene all in.
So this was a last minute race. My friend and fellow SMART girl leader, invited me to go run the Hendersonville Turkey Trot with her and how can I deny a race?!
Since there was no race-day registration we didn’t get a cool turkey tee but they did give us a number and some pins and let us race for free. Super cool Hendo, thanks!

The sky before we headed out to Hendersonville was a bright pink, my favorite color! I knew it’d be a great run.

So we get there, took our potty breaks, and then jogged a few miles to warm up around downtown of Hendo. That was super cool because I’ve yet to run their streets. Beautiful area! Then we needed a pre race start selfie. Because we are running rockstars.

IMG_2417.JPG Mrs A is cool in blue and I’m the nerd in pink. Run pink Jess! Pink is my superpower. No joke.

So the race itself was well organized and there was a pretty nice turnout. We had no trouble locating the start. Lots of kiddos, dogs, people dressed up like forks, knives, and turkeys. I never dress up. I’m a totally boring runner.

So deets

Time: 8:30 I don’t think I’ve ever started a race at this time but it worked well.

Weather: 37ish*F I think? Partly cloudy, cool, and mild winds. Not bad at all.

Pre-race: Woke up after the third snooze button around 5:58 am had a cup of coffee, then a glass of NUUN (listen–I swear by this stuff!), ate half a blueberry bagel, showered (showering helps me wake up–I know I’ll be stank shortly so it seems counterproductive but it’s not), did my thing then drove to meet Mrs A at the college. We left in plenty of time to get

Course: Started uphill, finished downhill. Nice! Rolling hills throughout with plenty of downhill.
Nice course through Hendo. Running around the graveyard was a bit of a creeper…That’d be cool for a Halloween course though!

Swag: Sorry don’t know. Read above as to why. Ha! But people appeared to have black goody bags with a cool tee.

Refreshments: Looked like coffee, water, bananas. But as polite bandit little runners we did not partake.

Time: There was a clock but no official time chips. This race was meant to be family friendly, open to all ages and levels. I think that’s super cool. But y’all know I had my Garmin!!

My time according to Garmin:
21:47 Yes, this a PR! By about 45 seconds.
I was going into this run with the intent to just run for fun. But then me legs said…”ohhh girl, we are feeling so good you got to run faster!”
Yes. My legs totally talk to me.
This. Is. Exciting. Because, I’ve not been training or running hard. Just running for the fun of it when I can. So this time tells me that I’m capable if a super fast 5k.
2015 will be the year!!
As you can see below a sub-22 minute 5k was on my 2015 goal list…so I’m not sure how it happened today but I’ll take it! Probably part downhill finish and Mrs A cheering me on to the finish…yeah, that was a super boost! Looks like I’ll be aiming for a sub 21 next year.

Here’s our happy post race pic. I look like I’m about to cry (sheer happiness over a PR) but I was really trying not to laugh, I swear!

Getting to run with friends is one of the very special things in life. I just absolutely love Mrs A. BRF are those you can be totally YOU with. And I love that. It nourishes the soul like a spring rain. Except it turned out to be flurrying outside!
Of course Mrs A smoked me running a 19 something crazy fast, but she’s my inspiration. I’ll just keep chasing her and maybe one day I’ll hit a sub-20 5k too.
Hitting PRs make me happy, but having friends and family that truly love, encourage, and inspire–and that I can give right back–gives me PURE JOY.
Running also saved my life from depression, giving up, and feeling worthless–and gave my heart joy.
This body is a gift. God gave us an incredible tool to move with.
So today, I chose JOY. And I’m on a mission to challenge more girls to find that same impermeable confidence and unstoppable joy.

Did you do any turkey trotting today, official race or on your own? Do you chose joy?


“…Give thanks to Him and praise His name!”
Psalm 100:4

Blessed and Beautiful Running.

Thoughts For Thursday: Turkey Trot

Gobble, Hobble, Wobble, get in my belly!!! So it’s almost Thanksgiving, our most beloved glutenous holiday of the year. We all know why we truly celebrate, to be thankful, reminded of the Indians and corn and stuff.
But we all know, it’s all about the pumpkin pie! Or maybe that’s just me?!
Anyway, in my three years of running I’ve yet to participate in a Turkey Trot, mainly because I didn’t want to drive to another city. But this year our college in town is hosting a 1st annual Turkey Trot that supports our local Sharing House. There are so many folks out there who don’t have the luxury of big fancy Thanksgiving dinners and this is a great way to give back.

What: 5k Turkey Trot

When: Saturday, November, 22 registration on raceday at 9:00 am race starts at 11:00 am

Where: Brevard College Brevard, NC

Benefits: Transylvania County Sharing House

There are so many people who may never even have a Thanksgiving dinner because they have so little in terms of funds and food.
Running is a beautiful thing and runners tend to have the biggest hearts. Run for a great cause! Plus, you could pre-burn off some of that delicious grub!

Do you participate in Thanksgiving Day races?

Blessed & Beautiful Running.

Dear Santa, PLEASE OH PLEASE bring me a treadmill…

…I swear I’ve been a good girl, other than those two servings of peach cobbler!!  Last week and this week I will have had only one or two days max to run…which means lots of exercises DVDs…yay…can you hear my sarcasm??  One of the reasons I fell in love with running was that fact that it didn’t feel like exercise to  me.  And Pilate’s, Kickboxing and Tae Bo do!  I’ve tried the whole running in place thing in front of my TV..talk about wanting to just shoot yourself in the head!  Boring…. I did add squats, high knees, etc… but that felt like exercise too… boo.
The reason for my lack of running is due to the fact that I’m a single momma who works full time.  The only days I really get to go run (other than our fun times at the bike path on my every other rare weekends off–which I totally count :-)) are the  days that my son is in school and I have a late shift at work, so I can run in the morning, or a weekday off while he’s in school.. as you know, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the kiddos will be out of school.  I can’t exactly take my six year old out on an eight a.m. five mile run!  So DVDs it is and magazine workouts galore…yay…
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.  I know this.  So I will focus on strength workouts all week…again with the yay…and next week get a few runs in before the race!!  Can’t believe it’s almost here.  I’m getting kind of nervous.  I’ve heard you shouldn’t focus on time on your first race, just focus on the fact you completed it.  But I can’t help it!  I see all these amazing women runners and I want to be amazing too!  But without running more than once, or twice, or three times (if I’m reallllly lucky) a week, I just don’t foresee me ever being amazing.  It’s a little frustrating…. so you see Santa… this is why I just NEED a treadmill!!!! And I’m kinda on a tight budget… so …reason numero dos why I NEED one from you. 🙂
Please and thank you!
Anyone have any exciting DVDs they recommend??
And if I don’t get around to posting before Thanksgiving, hope everyone enjoys a wonderful, blessed day with family and friends!!!  We do have much to be thankful for…even if we don’t have treadmills…God blessed me with a strong and healthy body.  And a strong and healthy son!!!!  What more could a girl want??? ( a treadmill–I had to throw that in there ;-))