Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. - 1 Cor 9:24-27

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Day 10K Race Recap

A week has gone by and I have not updated my blog on my Thanksgiving Day 10K.  Maybe because it was my PW (Personal Worst) 10K.

After driving for eleven hours, we arrived at my mom's house in Kentucky.  My sister and I had signed up for the local Thanksgiving Day 10K race / fun run.

The morning of the race, rain was coming down pretty steadily.  My sister bailed on me.  She didn't want to get wet ... worried about melting since she's pretty sweet.

I decided that I was going anyway.  I hadn't run in over a week in prayer that my left foot would feel better to run on.  It didn't feel the greatest, but after a few Tylonel, I could run without limping.  I was so determined to run.  Running has been such a great joy and stress reliever for me.

I drove myself to downtown Cincinnati.  The race was to start and end at the Paul Brown stadium, where the Cincinnati Bengals play.  Parking was surprisingly easy.

People were huddling inside the stadium since it was raining.
Waiting for the start.

The people behind me.  The rain had stopped.
Before the start.  Lovin' my new ipod.
By the time I was at the starting line, the clock was running for almost twelve minutes.  This was my first big city race.  There were 12,000 runners.

Mile 1:  10:52
First mile was slower than what I wanted.  I was constantly weaving around other runners trying to get into my groove.

Mile 2:  10:15
Feeling good and in the groove.

Mile 3:  11:13
Left foot is starting to really hurt.  The course took us over the first bridge that crosses the river.

Mile 4:  11:36
Saw a couple dressed as an Indian (bow and arrow) and a Pilgrim.

Mile 5:  11:55
Another bridge crossing back over the river.  Left foot is crying.

Mile 6:  11:33
The end is in sight and I focused on enjoying the race.  Of course, people watching was a hoot!

The last 0.2:  11:26
Passed by a gentlemen who had collapsed from a heart attack.  The paper covered the story and he had lived.  He was fortunate that two nurses were running just a few yards behind him and administered CPR within seconds of his collapse.  Also, a young runner ran off course to get the ambulance which was only a block away.  The gentleman ended up having a quadruple bypass and is on his way to recovery.

Official Results:
(11:21 pace)

342 / 602 in my age group
3135 / 5488 in women
7312 / 10756 overall



  1. Hey. you won another of my dealys, btw. The mustard bath... I need your addy again!

    nzeller at shaw dot ca

  2. Don't beat yourself up because you didn't do as well as you wanted. I think it is great that you still ran under less-than-ideal conditions. I have been unmotivated since the paths I usually run on are covered in snow. You inspire me, even on your bad days. :)

  3. I miss Thanksgiving day runs . . . my girls are in the Indianapolis choir and the last two years have sung in a Thanksgiving service putting our yearly tradition turkey run on hold. Although this year it was cold and went here too and I was kind of glad I wasn't running! Good for you for getting out. Sorry to hear your foot is bothering you.

  4. sorry you were having pain issues but congrats running a good race now that you've run a big race do you prefer bigger or smaller races?

  5. Great job you!!! You ran you conquered despite your foot be proud!