Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because it’s about food, loved ones, and gratitude. This year things were switched up a bit in my household; this allowed me to get a later start in the kitchen and created an opportunity for me to participate in Turkey Trot Miami on Thursday morning. I decided to go for the 10K because 10Ks are more fun than 5Ks, right?
Packet pick-up was straightforward, although there was a bit of a line when I went around 1:00pm on the Wednesday before the race. There were start line corrals that required a colored wrist band for entrance and I was worried that because I registered late, I would have a later start. Thanks to prior registrations for other Chronotrack/Athlinks races, however, I was automatically given a wristband for corral B (8:30 to 10:30 pace per mile).
The race location at Tropical Park is close to my house so I thought an hour was enough time to get to the race parking lot. I was wrong as traffic was so backed up I worried I wouldn’t make it to the start line in time and ended up parking at a shopping center that was about a 10-minute walk away. To give you an idea for how bad the traffic was, a decision was made to delay the start time from 7:00am to 7:15am to give people more time to park and pick up bibs.
I went into the race not feeling too well to my stomach and mindful of changes I need to make to my running form (thanks Jaguar Therapeutics!). First two miles felt strong, but way too fast for what I wanted to put out there that day. I slowed it down A LOT for miles three and four and then got a killer side stitch that hung out with me from miles 4.7 to 6.2.
There was a point - soon after the 5K course split from the 10K course - that I thought, “I would be really good if the race was done; I should have just signed up for the 5K.” I did what I always do when thoughts like this creep in and focused on putting one foot in front of the other. I was very happy when I finished, even if my finish line picture tells a different story.
All in all, Turkey Trot Miami was a fun race. I wish parking would have been a little smoother and that the tent with Tito’s Vodka and cider was better announced (there was no signage that I could see), but it was great to finally do a race that had been on my bucket list for six years. Plus, I got to see and hang out with some of my favorite runners after the race.