Friday, November 24, 2023

Hot to Trot

It's official:  the 2023 Running "season" is over. 

Races, that is.  I'll still run - treadmill and outdoor distances. But save a few holiday runs, there isn't that much out there, and I think I'm done for the year anyways. 

11 races in 12 months seems fine. Actually, 11 races in 9 months. My first race of the year wasn't until late April. 

Thanksgiving morning was Cleveland's (and just about every other city, county and township's) Turkey Trot. 

The Trot - as I'm calling it - had about 8,000-9,000 participants, which is on the same level as the Cleveland Marathon. 

The difference being, yesterday there were a lot of people walking, kids, dogs, strollers and such getting in my way. I get they were out for fun. I was out for a run. The first 1.5 miles was clogged with chit-chatters and the like which caused a lot of dodging while never fully hitting my pace until after that. 

Once the 5k group turned, it just left us 5 milers, and things got much better......except for the bridges with a mile incline. Still, those were easier without the others.  Those were easier, period. There was a time those hills would have gotten the better of me. 

Normally, I don't run with my phone but I did because even though when I run I'm not fun, it was a fun run and I thought I'd capture more pics than I actually did. 

Hell, I took two before the race (see one above) and didn't pull out the phone until the last mile for two - this being one of them. 

Hills.  UGH. 

It was a cold, but pretty day. I was warm while running, freezing when I stopped - mostly due to sweat becoming cold on my back. 

Despite the slow start, I had a decent run and a decent time. It would have been better if I didn't slow to take two pics and hit a water station........but whatta gonna do?  I felt better about my run than the one four days prior. 

I met up with some of the running group. 

I ran into more who didn't make the pic. 

Odd about the pic (besides my Santa hat) the guy in the grey. Absolutely handsome AF. Stunning in a way.   .........but not in pictures. He seems super bland in images. Hopefully that's my shortcoming too - pretty in real life, not so much in pictures. 

I won't say I'd do this every year, but you never know. It gets me out of the house on Thanksgiving morning and it's better than seeing some subpar Broadway show cast lip synch their horrible music at the Macy's parade. Or worse - marching bands. 

Song by: 10cc


Travel said...

Keep moving to keep moving.

Old Lurker said...

Santa hat?! Are you secretly Santa Claus?

James Dwight Williamson said...

The man with the gray shirt on , to your right has a great chest. Congratulations on your success at running.

Ur-spo said...

Good for you!
I remember my father running in these T-day races, back in the 80s and 90s.