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This Thanksgiving I planned to drive 4 hours to my parent’s house in Mississippi, so I looked for a Turkey trot on the way since I didn’t have my son with me this year. I found one in Huntsville, which is about 1.5 hours away and started at 8:00am, so I got all packed, got up early and headed to Huntsville. When I got there and registered, I found out it wasn’t chip timed...oh well.<br><br>
Although it was in the low to mid 40s, rainy and windy, over 500 people showed up to run the race. There wasn’t a lot of communication, but I figured it out when the crowd gathered at the start line so I took my place there and without announcement or warning, the start horn sounded and we were off. After the weaving and dodging, I settled in to a pretty good pace and my first mile was 7:14. During my warmup and when I first started, my legs just felt tired. (Yeah here come the excuses...but since the MCM on Oct 28, I’ve ran a 5K on Nov 10, a 3 mile race, Nov 14, and a 5k today, so maybe I need to train more and race less now.)<br><br>
The course was a little hilly, but, although I hate it, it’s almost inevitable where I live. Just after the one mile point I started feeling that familiar burning in my stomach but still felt I could hold the pace, and was hoping I wouldn’t start feeling sick. I pressed on and was passing a few people, then wondered if we were close to halfway. However, I knew that I didn’t want to look down at my watch and see that I’d only been 1.2 miles, so I decided not to look at it and run the rest of the race "by feel".<br><br>
There was a turnaround point, but it was past halfway (I wasn’t sure how much past), and I saw the leader on his way back, but it was quite a ways until I got to the turnaround, and I tried not to count the people ahead of me at that point...it was tough though. At the turnaround I was feeling pretty fatigued and my old familiar "I’m gonna be sick" feeling returned. I think this thing is a combination of nerves and exertion because when I was running a warmup before the race I felt a little sick.<br><br>
I pressed on and a really tall guy in blue started to pass me but I picked up my pace to match his. We ran side by side for probably a quarter mile, then I had the choice...slow down or throw up...so I slowed down and let him pull ahead. I felt the hills and the wind at this point and was really wanting the race to end. I had slowed down and a few people were passing me but I knew if I pushed much harder I would get sick so I held back.<br><br>
Finally I see the finish line ahead and this guy who really doesn’t look like he should be faster than me (outweighs me by probably 50 lbs) starts to pass me, and I decide - throw up or not, I can’t let him pass me this close to the finish, so I kick it just enough to fight him off, and as I cross the finish, stop my watch at 23:39 - a 10 second PR...but my official time was 23:42, so only a 7 second PR. This was good enough to get me 9th of 43 in my age division and 89 of 502 overall.
 

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so, did you puke after the finish? LOL<br>
YOU ROCK, DUDE!!!!<br>
I really think your puking habits are related to exertion.<br>
Totally cool to fit the run conveniently in your trip plans.<br>
Congrats on the PR!!!!!
 

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Hey Sweetie!<br><br>
Congrats on your PR! You always amaze me. I would be totally afraid to run so fast that I had to puke. You are a go getter!<br><br>
Did you see KitKat?
 

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Thanks everyone - no I didn't puke...just came really close.<br><br>
Alemma - Thanks for the nice words...if I was in better shape I wouldn't "redline" so fast LOL! I asked Kitkat if she was going to be there, but unfortunately, she was out of town <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad">
 

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Thanks Runnin-from-the-Law....now isn't there a RR you need to write? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 
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