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Oakland Turkey Trot

Disclaimer: I received an entry to Oakland Running Festival as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Let’s talk Turkey… trotting that is.

I love the idea of Turkey Trots but rarely make it to an actual one due to either distance or time.    I was stoked to hear that the Oakland Turkey Trot offered a virtual option.   Don’t get me wrong- as race day grew closer I wished I could join the party.   Everything they were posting on Instagram made me wish I could drive to Oakland on Thanksgiving.  The swag, the mural painting, the fun- man, I wish I could go!

My bib and swag arrived a few days before the race.  Talk about swag! I’ve run much larger races and received way less.  Oakland knows how to treat their runners right!

Race morning- Thanksgiving Day

The advantage to a virtual run is I could run anytime I wanted to; for me that was around 12.  Woo hoo!  No early wake up call and perfect temps.  Actually I overdressed as I had been sick during the week before and thought it was colder than it was.  Oops.

I was going to run my normal 5k route from my house but flip the beginning and the end so I could have a nice downhill finish.    Since I had been sick and this was a virtual race, I treated this more like a hard push run than a race.  I walked the first 5 minutes of mile 1- crazy right? But my later start meant I was already pushing it with family plans.  

From then on, it was a comfortable push tempo pace, enjoying the fall colors in my neighborhood.   I added in a hill in the middle to take out a hill at the end but still had around 300 ft of elevation over the 5K.  I don’t live in a flat area.   I walked another block or so during mile 2 due to an off leash dog.  When the lady grabbed the dog in alarm, I wasn’t taking any chances so I slowed way down until I was well past them.

All in all, I finished the 5k in 33:33 which made me laugh at the perfectness of it.  It also reassured me that had I actually raced it, I would have likely subbed 30.  Don’t have to worry about off leash dogs during races and I usually warm up first. 😛

I still wish I could have joined the epic party up in Oakland but I was glad I got to participate in anyway.

Did you Turkey Trot?

Run!, Training

Week 47- Rambling On 45

  • Upcoming Races
  • Holiday Half 12/9 ( more to come on this)

So, another week was lost to whatever the hell bug I am fighting.   I completed 1 at home workout and ran a pretty good virtual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving.   So instead of dragging on and on about a crappy training week and how sick I am, let’s catch up via a Rambling On.  It’s been a while.

I wish I could blame it all on the sickness but I have already watched a ridiculous amount of cheesy Christmas movies.  And there are more on tap.  Also, they have an app this year- so you can check off the cheesiness and not miss a single one!  Yes, I downloaded it.  😛

Work has finally calmed down a little; I feel like I am wading in the water now not drowning.    That said, we are being audited this week and I have to take my notary renewal seminar so fingers crossed I don’t go back under again.   I seem to stress easier these days.   I just keep telling myself I am almost to vacation, almost to vacation. Also, wish me luck for staying awake during the seminar. I have troubles with that- every single time.😒

I miss running.  This time change and I aren’t getting along.     Combine that with this stupid cold/flu and I haven’t made it out for a run after work since before the time change.    I hate going to the gym.  I just do.  I pay monthly but honestly couldn’t tell you the last time that I was there.  I recently checked out online treadmill prices and while there was one or two that I could afford, I have nowhere to put one.  So that is a pipe dream that I can only dream about.

As much as I am fighting the beginning of December and therefor the end of 2018, all the trees are up.  The big tree is up at home, the work tree is up at work.  Work still needs more fine tuning- I don’t know if I am feeling inspired enough to wrap the garlands around the beams this year.  That’s just a lot of work.   I wasn’t feeling the decorations on my  little tree this year though.  Luckily my mother has kept everything from childhood so I was able to pull some and create a themed tree.  Why haven’t I done this sooner????

I have added a Captain America and Harry Potter and have a Tardis ornament coming.  Best tree ever!


How was your week?
How was your Thanksgiving?
Have you decorated yet?

BibRave, Run!

Wobble before you Gobble

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Oakland Turkey Trot as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

How is it almost Thanksgiving???

If you’re anything like me, you love chilling out, relaxing with the family and eating some really good food.  Possibly too much food.  Yes, please!

However, I love the idea of getting in some #turkeytrot miles before hand.  Make some room for some of the calories I am about to consume? Sign me up!
Except the options in my area are rather limited.  There’s one 45 minutes away that I know I won’t drive to.  The one I have done is so sneaky it never advertises online nor is registration available online so I never really know if it’s even happening.  So now what?

Oakland Turkey Trot!

The Oakland Turkey Trot is a party for the whole family.   They offer a 5K, 5K VIP and a variety of options for kids in a Stomper’s Stomp.    They offer you a fun, healthy way to start your day and to give back to the Oakland community.  All proceeds from the race will benefit the Oakland community.   Oakland Turkey Trot partners with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland’s Public Schools, the City of Oakland, the local mayor and other local charities to help benefit the community.

Plus it looks like a blast.

I know what you’re thinking.  Wait, Fallon, you won’t drive 45 minutes but you’re driving to Oakland?   Sadly, I am not.

But they have a virtual option!  Sign up for the virtual race, run the miles on your own on Turkey Day and they send you all the same amazing race swag.  And the medal is pretty sweet.  Check out their Insta.

I may be missing out on the party on Thanksgiving morning but you don’t have to!  Use code BROTTVIP to save 10% on registration.  Or use it to register for the virtual option like me.

How do you Turkey Trot?

Run!, Training

Week 47- R.I.C.E

Boo.

But, first things first- I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

Ok, back to the boo, maybe boo boo would be more accurate.   Grrr.  Remember how the week leading up to Las Vegas was spent mostly resting due some leg pain after a long run.  However Vegas was mostly fine and I had 2 good runs the week after.  Followed by a not good one.  Then last week happened.

You know that feeling when you’re wearing form fitting clothing but have a band-aid on and that band-aid starts to come loose?  Kind of like it’s not quite flapping around but definitely is not right either.

That’s how my left leg felt on Monday during my run.  Thing was, I wasn’t wearing a band-aid.  So what the hell was I feeling?!!  That’s not normal!  I have a pretty high pain tolerance but Monday’s run attempt pretty much resulted in me slamming on the brakes for the rest of week.   But my leg kept hurting.    Grrr.  There are words I refuse to use that kind of rhyme with best tractor.  😒

So what did I do?

Monday- 2 miles A slow, painful crawl in the dark.

Tuesday– Of course just as I decide I need to take some time off, super pretty new shoes arrive.  I forgot I ordered these after getting home from Las Vegas last week.

ThursdayI vicariously enjoyed everyone else’s Turkey Trot’s while I iced my leg from the couch.

Friday– Does putting up the work Christmas decorations count as a workout?

Sunday- 8 miles on the bike.  I really wanted to run but I can still feel oddness in my leg so I talked myself into being smart.  I was tired of being a lazy lump though so I decided to test the leg on the bike.  I tried to keep a steady pace and not push things.  If I felt even a twinge I backed off.

So yeah, that was a crappy week.  As for the week to come.  I packed my gym bag and as of right now, we’ll just see what happens.  Fingers crossed!

In other news, I have already watched so many cheesy Christmas movies thanks to the Hallmark/ Lifetime channels.   My DVR is getting the workout that I am missing.  😛

How was your week?

Did you run a Turkey Trot?

Run!, Slacker, Training

Week 48 Um Ouch Recap

After the last week, I am so glad I don’t have anything to put under the “Training For” label.    I had such high hopes for getting back to running but life was like yeah no.  😛

Monday– I packed all my stuff for an evening run and I was looking forward to testing out my new reflective vest and tights.  My back started to feel sore bordering on painful towards the end of the day which I thought was odd but other than that didn’t think much of it.  Since I was also waiting for a new shoe delivery I used it as a reason to rest.  I figured I had the rest of the week to run, right?


Haha!  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday- Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch

My alarm went off on Tuesday and I damn near screamed when I went to turn it off.  Whatever had been wrong with my back the day before was nothing compared to this, I could barely move without crying.   Getting dressed was one of the most painful things I’ve done and I have a pretty decent pain tolerance.  Every movement hurt.    And kept hurting.  I could have used a sling, I basically kept my left arm at a right angle and glued to my side for 3 days.   Instead of screaming or cursing, I would only whimper with the occasional moan.

Problem was I realized just how left hand dominant I am.  I am right handed so I write and eat with my right hand but I do damn near everything else with my left hand and arm.     I felt like I forgot how to do everything.   I kept losing the computer mouse at work, I’m not used to having it on the right side!  Grrrrr.    Anyways, I was about as active as a lump on a log those days.   A moany lump on a log.

There were Shiny moments though-  I saw Fantastic Beasts and it was awesome!  Movie theater seats were not a good idea but the movie was great!  Thanksgiving was a very low key, chill day with family, just the way I like it.    I’m also not a huge fan of traditional fare so it’s the one day a year I have no worries of overeating.  😛😛   I was feeling a little better on Friday, so with slooooow, deliberate movements, a coworker and I decorated the building for Christmas.  I guess that was pretty active, I hung lights around 9 windows.  🙂

Saturday was crazy rainy but I was feeling a little better so I took advantage of a break in the rain and headed out to attempt a short run.    I made it 3 miles and kept it super slow both due to my back and the now 3 weeks off.  I feel like I am starting over!  That said, it was a pretty good run, it helped that I had zero expectations about this run.   I was pretty happy that I was even able to get a sports bra on.


Sunday was spent doing some Christmas shopping.   I also returned the Hoka’s.    They just weren’t working.   My toes felt bruised every time I wore them and I still have that odd spongy feeling in my left arch every now and then.  It never existed until the Hoka’s.  I hate returning shoes but I also can’t afford to just eat the cost on $130 pair of shoes either.   I exchanged them for another pair of Nike’s.   That is the only pair of shoes that hasn’t caused me any issues other than I can only wear them up to 8 miles.  But it’s not like I will be hitting the double digits any time soon so these should get me through.  Also, fingers crossed that the Hail Mary Sayonara’s that arrived on Monday will work for longer runs.

My back is still sore but drastically better then it was during the week.     I feel a knot or something but I’m still going to take it easy until it is back to normal.  This has happened once before, years ago.  I remember rolling over to get out of bed, feeling and hearing something pop before the pain hit and I couldn’t get up.  I also remember yelling for help for 40 minutes before someone in the house heard me.   That may be why I forced myself to try to work through the pain this week.  That or I am stupid.   My boss tried to get me to go to a chiropractor but 1- they scare me, 2-by the time I jump through the insurance hoops it will be next year.  😞

How was your week?

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you run a Turkey Trot?

Ever break yourself while sleeping?😛