On Thanksgiving Day, I did something I have never done before. I participated in and completed the Ridgewood Turkey Trot 8K. Heck, now that I think about it, I wouldn't have even considered exercising on previous Thanksgivings, much less participate in an event.
The Ridgewood Turkey Trot is a race up Ridge Road, through some relatively hilly neighborhoods, and back to Ridgewood shopping center. When I completed my 1st 5K, I set my eyes on completing an 8K by the end of 2010. The Turkey Trot ended up being the race that I chose.
I got up around 6 a.m., walked some in the halls of our condo building, and got ready to go. I met 2 of the NCRC gals to share a ride to Meredith College. When we got to Ridgewood, I realized that I was quite slower than most of the folks from the NCRC group. Luckily, I found Jean! Jean was one of the first members of the NCRC women's beginner running program and she still volunteers to mentor us newbie runners. Jean, her friend Norma, and I ran at a 3:30/1:00 intervals. I finished in 1:11:11, according to the text I got after the race from Precision Race.
I am proud of myself. I have now marked "Run a 8K" off my fitness bucket list. Now off to the next race!