Back in August when we decided to pack up our family and fly to Minnesota for Thanksgiving, the first thing we did after booking our tickets was look for a Turkey Trot in the Minneapolis area. Who knew we would find so many of them!? After poring over course maps, location to my in-laws house, and terrain we settled on a small race in St. Paul. Turns out we chose an Inaugural year for the Minnesota Running Series for their Turkey Trot, which mean we got a fun shirt and a medal! (I’m starting to love medals more than t-shirts!) We thought it would be fun to invite Kate, Dan’s sister, to join us. She jumped at the chance to do it with us, and she spent several months running and training for the race!
When we left Orlando on November 23rd/ it was 80 degrees and when we landed in Minneapolis it was 10. TEN DEGREES. Crazy. Turns out it was colder there that week than it had been in any of the 16 years I’ve been visiting Dan’s family. This Florida girl was not used to weather that cold! Thankfully it warmed up to 20 degrees by race day!
You can see that I bundled up pretty well to go out into those 20 degree temperatures. In case you wondered, I wore a long underwear shirt, a long sleeve shirt, a running jacket, tights under my running tights, awesome knee length compression socks, gloves, a hat and whatever that thing is called that’s covering my face. Can I just tell you that I did not sweat at all the day of my race? It’s true. Not a drop anywhere.
I think it’s safe to say that we all had a good time that morning. Dan pulled off a 10K in 47 minutes. Kate ran the 5K in less than 29 minutes. And slowpoke that I am, I ran the 5K in 50 minutes. But, I did it. I ran in temperatures I will likely never experience in Florida, on ground that has more roll that we have in Orlando, and with more clothing/equipment that we need down here.
Slow and steady.
One foot in front of the other.
Over, and over, and over.
And the reward? An awesome medal and a big Thanksgiving dinner!