SMT Turkey Trot 5k Recap

Hi everyone & Happy Holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful & it allowed you to spend time with your family & eat a ton of good food! I got to spend the holiday with my friend’s family in my hometown which was wonderful.. I ate so much food, I can barely fathom eating still today haha.

A couple of months ago, my friend mentioned wanting to do a Turkey Trot in New Cumberland, PA (only a few miles from my hometown in Mechanicsburg, PA) & I was absolutely in! This would be my 2nd year in a row doing a Turkey Trot & I love the idea of getting up early, getting a good run in, then spending the day with family & delicious food.

On Wednesday I got into town a little after 3:30p (it’s about a 3 hour drive from Pittsburgh), & we later went to go pick up our packets for the race. Very simple. The race was capped at 3,000 runners, & they said they were not allowing any more registrations.. not sure if that meant they got up to 3,000, but it seemed to be a popular Turkey Trot for the area.

My best friend from home ended up mentioning she wanted to do it, & even though she didn’t get to register in time, she came out to run anyways! I was so thrilled, because she started running shortly after I told her my success with it, & she has stuck with it ever since. We had never run together & I was very much looking forward to it!

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Thursday morning my friend & I were able to roll out of bed about 20 minutes before we had to leave since the start of the race was so close. We got there around 7:40am & the race started at 8am. It had been a while since I had just run a 5k, but I honestly wasn’t worried about it. I just wanted to go out there & have fun! The race started a little after 8am & boy, was it crowded! I knew that races like these were not the place to try & PR at all because of how much weaving we had to do. They had a separate start for the walkers, yet people with strollers still started with the runners — Grr!

The race was a loop around through the New Cumberland Borough Park & through the surrounding neighborhood. It was a nice course! It had a few hills, but as I overheard one of the other runners say as we ran next to them “This is nothing compared to Pittsburgh” & I yelled back to her that she was right!

By the end of the race, I was feeling great, because as every mile clicked by, I realized that I was putting out negative splits.. AGAIN! I was so excited about this & when I finished was even more elated at my time. It’s no PR, but it is for sure the fastest 5k race I’ve done all year.

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Check that out! YAY! Tomorrow is December 1 (WHAT?!) & that means the December Run Challenge hosted by Run Steff Run kicks off! More on that tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with running consistently. I’m ready to re-focus on what I love doing the most (even though I’ve been tired of it the last month or so) & that’s RUNNING! Be on the look out for my post tomorrow…

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