After a hiatus of a two years, I was once again running the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot. My training comprised of thrice weekly runs (including 10+ mile weekly long runs) and seven times a week (2x day) long dog walks.
I've run this race nine times before, so it's an annual tradition. As for a race plan, my only fitness marker was 6:40 mile splits for my 5k over six weeks ago. So, I figured a 7:00 to 7:10/mile pace would probably be doable for a 10k. However, I hadn't raced 6.2 miles since June where I ran a 46:31 (7:29 pace), so that was a wildcard going into the race.
The weather wouldn't really be a factor however. Sometimes the temps for this race are in the teens. Luckily it was in the 40s for this one with sunny skies. I wore a singlet with arm warmers and a ski hat. I also carried my phone for the first time ever in a race using a belt.
|Me and my dad pre-race|