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Turkey Trotting for fun and dinner [Nov. 25th, 2012|07:50 pm]
Zoethe
I am not a runner. I have resisted running most of my life. When I've tried it, it's usually ended in injury and misery.

But if I want to do triathlons next year, I have to become a runner again.

This year I signed up for my first ever Turkey Trot. The longest I had jogged (it's an abuse of language to call what I do "running") had been just over a mile, but I figured I could jog and walk and at least finish. I figured I'd jog until the second kilometer marker and then walk a bit. Daughter and a good friend were with me.

I jogged and jogged and started to get worried. Surely I'd gone more than 1k! Was I really in this bad of shape?

Then the first marker appeared. 1 MILE. Even though it was a 5k race, they were marking in miles. Well, at that point, I suddenly felt great! I was doing better than I thought!

I managed to jog the first full 2 miles, then walked for about half a mile, jogged a little more, walked a little more, and finished the last quarter mile at a jog. My time was just under 44 minutes. Not fast, but WAY better than I thought I was going to do! And I got an awesome t-shirt out of it!

It was so much fun that DD and I are signed up for another one next Saturday, the Reindeer Run. For that one we get t-shirts, plus jingle bells for our shoes. I think jogging along in the midst of all that jingling will be fun!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2012-11-26 01:00 am (UTC)
Good job!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-D
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2012-11-26 01:24 am (UTC)
Cool beans! You can pleasantly surprise yourself sometimes, which is always great. I've thought lately about taking up jogging but I haven't tried yet.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:57 pm (UTC)
All I can say is start really slow. I've had Couch to 5k suggested to me, but I'm too impatient for all that stop watch work. I can't really say that it's fun yet, but I'm hoping that someday it will be!
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2012-11-26 01:26 am (UTC)
Go you!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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From: anonymousalex
2012-11-26 01:50 am (UTC)
Isn't it cool when you find out you're in better shape than you thought?

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:58 pm (UTC)
It's definitely fun!
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2012-11-26 04:02 am (UTC)
Nice!

I had the exact same thing happen during Run For Your Lives - it's a 5k (ish), but they marked in miles. I finished that in 1 hour, which given that large swaths of it were dead sprints followed by "OH GOD AM I DYING?", I felt decent about. I was sore for days though.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was really sore the next day. The day after I made myself work out anyway and it helped. I'm hoping to do a little better next Saturday, unless there is snow, in which case I will just walk it.
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[User Picture]From: parachles
2012-11-26 05:26 am (UTC)

Good on you!

Right now I'm training for the Washington Warrior Dash this summer. Before I started training, I hadn't participated in any kind of running activity since I was forced to participate in my junior high's Turkey Trot in 1989.

It's a slow process, but a rewarding one. :) I am constantly surprised at what my couch-potato body is capable of!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Good on you!

Love your icon! And wow, I'm impressed that you're training for the Warrior Dash. Those things are brutal!
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[User Picture]From: parachles
2012-11-27 01:22 am (UTC)

Re: Good on you!

Thank you! It seemed an appropriate one to adopt when I started the c25k program. XD

According to the website (and my sister, who ran one two years ago and wants to run with me this summer) it's more a test of your mental fortitude rather than your physical fitness. Mostly I'm in it so I can say I did it... and the free warrior helmet you get for participating. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-27 12:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Good on you!

I may have to make the local one my 2014 goal.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2012-11-26 06:20 am (UTC)
hooray for you for MOVING!! besides, its easier to jog than to bike when there is snow out. :)

and yay for jingling! :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:52 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm terrified of jogging in the snow. I fall down way too easily. But if there's a couple of months of treadmill, that's not the end of the world.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2012-11-26 06:48 am (UTC)
Fun! If I didn't know that you sew for yourself, I'd offer to make and send jingle hats.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:48 pm (UTC)
I don't really sew, I just quilt. But it's on Saturday, so there isn't really time for hats. Thanks for the great idea!
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[User Picture]From: christilyn
2012-11-26 12:31 pm (UTC)
GREAT JOB! I just started "running" in March. I always have hated running, but now I'm really enjoying the challenge. The running culture is so supportive--no one cares how fast you go, relative to them--only relative to yourself. That's a fabulous time for your first race! Keep it up!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:47 pm (UTC)
I do like how supportive my runner friends are. And thanks!
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[User Picture]From: voiceofanangel
2012-11-26 10:48 pm (UTC)
My gf read an article suggesting tactics if you feel self-conscious while getting started running, such as pretending you're chasing after a bus or the pizza man forgot his tip. LOL
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[User Picture]From: christilyn
2012-11-26 11:21 pm (UTC)
HAHAAHA! I just read in Runners World about a tactic to get your kids to do a 5K with you--make it a huge game of tag!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2012-11-26 09:22 pm (UTC)
I flat out admit that I envy you. I have ALWAYS wanted to run. Between ankles that have been broken 4-5 times each, bad knees and bad hips, it's just not in the cards for me.

But I'll smile when I think of you jogging/running. Hooray.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:38 pm (UTC)
I am honored. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2012-11-26 09:56 pm (UTC)
you are awesome!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mari!
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[User Picture]From: voiceofanangel
2012-11-26 10:45 pm (UTC)
I had no idea you were running! You actually had better time than my gf and one of my friends. Congrats!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-26 10:59 pm (UTC)
Ferrett said that you guys were going to be out there, and I looked around but it was a big crowd!
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2012-11-27 01:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I love how you're always finding new challenges to conquer. I want to do a triathlon some day too. My sticking point will be swimming. :P
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-27 10:49 pm (UTC)
I actually enjoy swimming, I just haven't done much of it in the last, oh decade or two. We swam on Sunday and I really enjoyed it.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2012-11-28 02:06 am (UTC)
I think it's fun to be in the water but I get tired very very quickly when swimming. I think at one point during marathon training, I could run 20 miles but had to seek shallower water within 2 minutes of swimming around a lake. I'm told that improving my technique would help a lot with that. Sounds like you're well on your way to becoming a triathlete!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-28 10:46 pm (UTC)
We swam again today, and it was definitely harder to do first thing in the morning. 800 yards in half an hour--we definitely need to speed up!
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[User Picture]From: megito
2012-11-27 07:41 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I want to do a triathalon next summer as well, so I've been (trying to) running on a regular basis. I use Pooch to 5K, Couch to 5K's cousin for people who have dogs. I love how encouraging the people on the sidelines are. It's really good for self-esteem, especially if you do a mad sprint to the finish!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-27 11:10 pm (UTC)
It was nice that as we ran through the neighborhood there were people who came out to cheer us on. I appreciated that.
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