Date: 11/27/2008 8:00 AM
Type: Race
Course: Lake Balboa Turkey Trot
Distance: 5 kilometers
Duration: 33:20
Pace: 10:44 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: ok
Misc: Quality: 7/10, Effort: 8/10
Group Placement: 4
Weather: 52° F, Sunny
Event URL:
Statistics: Calories: 432
VO2 Max: 27.1


Well, I’m back.  Fantastic.  My whole family was asking me WHY I was leaving to go run at Balboa Park, and I had no answer.  Then I got there, and now i know.  Here are the reasons and thoughts on the Turkey Trot…

  • I get there, and everyone is smiling.  Everyone is happy.
  • I drive in behind this guy, we’ll call him corvette guy, my age, and he looked like a runner.  We started talking about the race, and what a beautiful park it was.
  • Two guys from New York, in racing singlets and real shorts (read:  real runners), were telling me that I could do a marathon…He raced Boston 3x, and he was telling ME that I was capable.
  • The starting line:  Lots of couples, families, kids, dogs, strollers.  Happy, Happy, Happy
  • I finished, helping this little girl across the line to the clapping of her parents.
  • This cute chick with a cute butt… I passed her.  She was like 20 years old, and I’m like…oh YEAH!!!!!
  • Again with the kids…where the hell do they come from during the race???  They always kick my ass.

It’s all good.  Time for turkey.  Loved the Trot.

Oh, and I came in 4th in my age group.  4th.  Have no idea how many there were, but I was 4th.  Getting in a new age group is the best part of running.  2 months!!!

 PS-Corvette Guy.  50 years old.  Came in at 25:20.  He says to me as I am leaving, “The funny thing is, is I have Parkinson’s Disease.”  I was humbled.

And, that’s why I run.


9 thoughts on “Turkey Trot 2008

  1. glad to have you back. sounds like a great race…makes you really thankful all you have……isn’t all the smiling, happiness, and good nature ribbing so much fun at a race?

  2. good job on the 5-K. sounds like a blast. like at Thanksgiving dinner, those kids need to be secluded from the rest of the civil world.

  3. Great job on the race. I often wonder why I signed up for a rae…until I get to the start line and wallow in the excitement.

    Way to kick ass.

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