Thursday morning, how could I forget, was the Pilcher Park Poultry Predictor in Joliet. As far as turkey trots are concerned, I never used to do them before a few years ago. I never would run after August, after the Rock N' Roll half marathon. Well, times have changed and I've done a few different turkey trots around Thanksgiving. I love to run ON Thanksgiving so I feel better about all the food I'm going to eat. This year I opted to do the Poultry Predictor. The run was inexpensive and the point was to predict your finish time. The people that came the closest would win a pie or turkey (they probably gave out 40+). So it doesn't matter if you are the fastest or slowest, you only win if you come closest to the predicted time. Sweet! I might finally win something! You couldn't use your garmins or any watches. There were no clocks on the course or at the start/finish.
I met up with a bunch of F'N Runners. Our F'N Runners were actually scattered all around and several different turkey trots but since there are so many of us...we still managed to round up a nice size group at the Poultry Predictor. And we mostly all wore our shirts too so it's always fun to see us out on the course.
|F'N Runners at the Poultry Predictor|
The temps were pretty decent that day. It was going to be a high in the 60's and was probably about upper 40's for the run (I can't remember now). I predicted a finish time for me at 38:25. That was about a 9:36 pace. This run was a 4 mile run and I felt that that pace was slightly challenging but not impossible. The run was through a nature preserve and a rather beautiful area to run in. It was a little difficult trying to figure out what pace I was running and there were no indicators of the distance we traveled throughout the run either. I kept thinking that I didn't want to run too fast or too slow because...A. I needed to finish the run and.. B. I wanted to come close to my predicted time.
I actually really enjoyed this run. I liked the "rustic, old-school" feel it had. I liked the fact that I could win a prize even though I wasn't the fastest. Turns out, I was way ahead of my predicted time. I came in at 37:02 (predicted was 38:25) for an average pace of 9:15. I was very happy with that time. It's actually a 4 mile PR for me. I've only done 1 other 4 mile run and it was last years turkey trot in Palos. I was having knee trouble and ended up at about 44 minutes. In fact, a couple days after last year's turkey trot, I tried running and ended up walking 2 miles home in tears because of my knee pain and took 3 weeks off until I found out it was runner's knee. lol.
Anyway, I did not win a pie but my friend Becky did! She was only 2 seconds off of her predicted time!
Friday, I headed out to Waterfall Glen in Darien to run the 9+ mile loop with friends. There were Yankee Runners, Frankfort/New Lenox Runners, Bloggers, etc. It was nice to meet a few different people.
|Black Friday Waterfall Glen Group|
|Elevation Chart from my Garmin at Waterfall Glen|
|The 9+ mile loop at Waterfall Glen. I like loops... lol|