Friday, November 23, 2012

From 5K to 5 Miles

 Picture of me holding my medal with the Columbus Turkey Trot start/finish line in the background

 I had a change in plans for Thanksgiving (which meant I was able to see my family) that left me  unable to do the Turkey Trot in Knoxville (5K).  However, those plans took me to one of my favorite places in the state of Ohio (Columbus) and led me to signing up for the Columbus Turkey Trot.  The crazy thing about the one in Columbus- it's not a 5K- it's 5 MILES!  Someone told me- it's just 1.9 more miles than the 5K.  Exactly!  Anyway, it was a cool morning and there were a LOT of people there- my ticket was in the 5000's but according to the results site there were approximately 4300 people running so... :)  I had 2 goals- (well, three) to finish, to finish under an hour, and to not be last :)  I managed to complete all 3.  I did finish (even though I did have to walk about 2-3 minutes worth), I finished under an hour (at 55:50 I was happy), and there were about 1000 people behind me :)  Seriously though- every step I take in these races it makes me so thankful to recognize where I was a year ago and where I am now.  I know that I am doing things that at this point I should not, by a doctor's standards, be doing.  Good thing I listen and follow The Great Physician :)  Anyway, I was pretty excited and proud of the finish and know that it's one more step in my goal to completing my half marathon in April.  I'm looking forward to starting that training and get it going! 

A picture of me after the race with my medal     My sister and I before the race

a view of  "The Horseshoe" (Ohio Stadium) where The Ohio State University Buckeyes play- the route took us through this part of campus (very cool)

(oh and by the way- in my non-traditional Thanksgiving this year- I ate WAY too much so need to get back on track with that!  Any help is appreciated)


Bill (cycleguy) said...

Cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of you for making the attempt to get healthy and for challenging yourself this way. keep up the good work, or is that exercise? :)

alicia said...

CONGRATS!! What a great accomplishment!! I ate a lot over the weekend too, and the best advice I have is to start fresh the next day and not dwell on the past calories! Can't do anything to change them, and they sure were delicious, weren't they?? ;)