Since I last blogged about my Holiday Running Streak idea here, it’s really taken off. I posted about it on RunnersWorld.com, and it’s now the first-ever RW Holiday Running Streak. This means that a lot of other people are planning to do this with me, and that a lot of people will find out if I don’t follow through. Gulp.
Well, it’s the first day, and so far, so good. I dragged myself out of bed for Binghamton’s 8K Turkey Trot. (New distance equals guaranteed PR!) I think this is the first year they’ve had it, and a couple hundred people showed up–possibly more runners than they were expecting. They may have had a bullhorn, but it wasn’t loud enough for the crowd to hear the directions, so when the race started, it was kind of a surprise.
The course went through a flat park I know pretty well. I wore my Philadelphia Marathon shirt so everyone would know why I was slow, but then I wasn’t particularly slow. I finished in about 36:50 (7:24-ish miles), and if my count at the turnaround was correct, I was the 13th woman overall. I’ll certainly take it!
It’s kind of nice to run a race at home. I saw some folks I knew out on the course, running and spectating, and after the turnaround, someone coming in the other direction said, “Nice job, Meghan!” (Thanks, person. I didn’t see you, so I am not sure who you are, but I assume I know you!)
And now it is time to stuff my face. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And to my fellow run-streakers: Just 38 more days to go!