Hey hey!! Hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as wonderful and much needed as mine was! I can’t wait to hear all about your week! I can’t even express how nice it was to spend a few extra days with friends and family, and not be rushed by the usual short weekend time frame. It was refreshing, rejuvenating, fun, special, and we are now officially in the Christmas spirit! If you follow me on Instagram, you can catch up on all my happenings.
But in a nutshell…
We shopped at 2 AM…
and we played a lot of Taboo with my brother and sister-in-law.
We also learned how hard it was to describe “toilet” without using any related words. But that’s a whole other post in and of itself.
Thanksgiving morning, I ran in the Franklin, TN Turkey Trot 5K/Fun Run! Two of my bests also came and ran, and it made it all the more fun to see my sweet friends at one of my most favorite activities! Adam, the loyal husband and bag-man that he is, endured the 20 degree weather to hold our stuff, cheer us on, and capture the event as thoroughly as possible via one too many iphone pics. Ashleigh and Lauren are a hoot, and both rocked it at the race. This was actually Lauren’s FIRST 5K EVER!!! I’m so proud of that girl, AND, I quote…”I actually enjoyed it and want to do it again!” WHAT!!! You mean running can be FUN?!! Hows abouts that?! Maybe I’m rubbing off on her! See, running blog, you are doing good things!
Franklin, TN Turkey Trot 5K Race Recap – Thanksgiving Day 2013
Here’s how it all went down!
We woke up bright and early, after a long and late drive the night before. Don’t worry, it was only about 20 degrees, so I was sure to layer everything I owned, and I was still cold. The course was around our local mall, with awards and snacks at D1 Sports and benefitted GraceWorks Ministries, a Christian nonprofit in Franklin that helps people in need meet their basic needs of life. You can read more about GraceWorks HERE.
This was the third year for the Turkey Trot in Franklin, and I was amazed at how much it has grown! I couldn’t believe there were 1,000+ runners! I know someone said they thought closer to 3,000, which is incredible! The race was organized, had a well manned water station at the halfway point, and there were plenty of treats and refreshments post-run! I always appreciate a race that doesn’t feel like it was just thrown together!
Lauren and Ashleigh and I decided not to stay together, since we knew all of our paces would vary too much. So, I started up front, and the girls stayed back in the crowd. Mile 1 had a pretty decent downhill right at the start, then all flat, so everyone shot out like rockets. I hate when races are deceiving like that! Had the race been mostly flat I would have been fine at that pace, but Miles 2 and 3 had some “hills,” and I knew I wasn’t trying to get a best time anyways. Who even knew that Cool Springs had hills, because I sure didn’t. Any not even really hills, more like long, slow inclines. I could definitely tell I hadn’t been training to race a 5K, so I was struggling a little bit! Mile 3 was pretty much flat, but holy moly it was COLD! Seriously, colder than a witches titty in a brass bra. Yep, I just wrote the t word on my blog.
Mile 1- 7:54
Mile 2- 8:23
Mile 3: 8:21
Finish time: 25:29 chip time, 7th out of 84 girls in my age division. Not my best, but not too bad either, considering I wasn’t trying for a PR and I didn’t want to kill myself a week before the marathon! I felt great the whole time, and knew I could have pushed harder, but I also didn’t want to strain or pull anything , God forbid! I need to remember to be happier with my times, and remember how far I’ve come since last year! I never would have thought I’d be able to race 5K’s in the 7’s and 8’s in the first place!! If I can work my way up, anyone can!
I heard Adam yell for me right before I crossed the finish line, always the sweetest sound. Love him so much.
After all 3 of us finished the race, we ran down to D1, took our celebratory pictures, checked our times, and chowed down on Kind Bars, bagels, and rehydrated.
Of course I had Adam snap a picture of me in front of my favorite sock company’s sign…no surprise there! And they’re based in my hometown, so come on, you know I’ll always be loyal to local companies!
I had never tried a KIND Bar before, but it’s official: I’m in love. Can I buy these in bulk somewhere?? So good! We may have grabbed a handful on our way out of the complex. Ok ok, we did.
I think one reason I loved these is because I could pronounce everything that’s in them! They’re so simple, but still healthy and packed with protein and fiber. I checked out their website, (obsessed with that as well, but I work with websites all day so what do you expect) and I was amazed at how awesome of a company KIND is! I love everything they stand for, and they even pick one project a month to support by donating $10,000! You can shop all of their products HERE.
Straight from their website, since they can say things better than I can:
Sign me up, Kind. You’re on my new favorites list.
I’ll leave you with this quote that’s on their site as well…
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
Shameless plug: Dear KIND, us southerners would LOVE your product, and bringing a KIND Brand Ambassador to Little Rock would be amazing, and worth your while! Do the KIND thing, and put Arkansas on your radar.
T minus 5 days until the St. Jude Memphis Marathon! Commence freak out mode.
Have you ever had a KIND bar? Did you run a turkey trot? How was your Thanksgiving holiday? Tell me about it!