AM - My family's Thanksgiving tradition: The Times Turkey Trot is early Thanksgiving morning and my three girls love the idea of going out to do the 5k and then head home and help prepare the meal for the afternoon. This year Bradlea's sorority little sister came to stay with us, and so she was included in the tradition as well. I decided to "run" with the four girls in the "Wing Ding" 5k which is the first of 4 races in Clearwater. We learned after the event that this was her first ever 5k. But we left "no man behind" and jogged it all together and really enjoyed a beautiful morning.
Afterwards I stayed around for an hour until the 10k to start. Not a stellar performance but steady as she goes. I got a little excited in the first half and blew up a bit in mile 3 which required me to regroup - basically finishing out at marathon pace for the second half of the race with an overall 6:30 average pace. I would have been satisfied with a sub 40 min effort, but went out too hard and did not have it today. Meh. I am only 10 days out from my marathon in Richmond - perhaps expected more than I should have. Anyway - Time to eat. Happy Thanksgiving.