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Happy Black Friday!  Hope you are all following the REI movement and choosing to #OptOutside.  Kate, Andy and I went out and hit the trails running in Escondido earlier today.

Yesterday I ran the Encinitas Turkey Trot.  This is my third time running this course (last year’s Turkey Trot and the Cardiff Kook 5k).  For this race I didn’t really know what to expect.  I haven’t done any type of speed work in months, and I ran this race following an 11 mile run the day before…My goal was somewhere in the 21 minute range.  For some reason my results didn’t track, but luckily I was running this for fun and caught my time on my Garmin (good enough for me).

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This year the 5k started at 8am.  Around 6:45am I jogged over from Kendall’s house to the start.  I met up with Graham, picked up my bib and hung around with all my fellow SSRC-ers who all ran the 10k.  After they took off (7:30am) I met up with Jen and Tyler as we waited for the 5k start.  It’s self-seeded so I tried to get as close to the front as possible.  I started off slower behind a group off people and just tried to run by feel.  I also tried to run with music but my headphones were falling out/banging against my ear piercings so I just decided to wrap them up and just run.

It’s hard to do recaps on 5k’s because there’s not much too them!  I love 5k’s though because even though they’re hard, they’re done so fast.  This one hurt (more respiratorily than physically) but it was a good way to start an increasingly busy Thanksgiving Day!

Splits according to my Garmin (20:52):
1 – 6:52
2 – 6:52
3 – 6:45
0.1 – 0:21

Did you run a Turkey Trot yesterday?  Did you choose to #OptOutside today?

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