Thanksgiving morning most of the family got up early to make our way into Charleston for the 35th Annual Turkey Day Run and Wobble Gobble 5K. It is the largest 5K in the state and this year there was a new record of over 6000 participants!
It was a colder morning than I was expecting and had to borrow my brother, Patrick's coat to stay warm before the race.
Pre race they were handing out Krispy Kreme doughnuts. My sister, Caroline, and I decided to split one as our "pre race fuel." They were making the doughnuts right in the square so it was warm and fresh!
We all lined up together, but split into different groups as we ran. Patrick, Caroline, Mom and I ran together for the first mile. They decided to take a walk break, but I was feeling good and kept running along and ended up running the whole race.
The race path has us run from Marion Square down to the harbor and back down King Street. We passed quite a few Charleston landmarks on the run so it was a pretty run. At mile three I ran into my Aunt Wendy and ran with her for a second before continuing forward. I was feeling good and thought I might be able to earn a a new PR. Soon came the finish line where I picked up pace to cross it with a smile. There was a bit of a traffic jam at the line as people were tearing off their timing chips turn in. I checked and stopped my Garmin right as I tapped my timing chip to the sensor. I achieved a new 5K PR by five seconds - 35:16! This race was kind of last minute thing since I didn't even think I was going to make it and to PR, if only by a few seconds is pretty cool.
We all met up in the square after the race where there was water, beer, food, and even a band playing.
|The Turkey Day Runners!|