Oh yes I did! I walked all 5 miles at the Turkey Trot Fun Run!

Mom and I are waiting for the 5-mile race to start.

Guess what peeps?  I totally rocked the 21st annual Thunder Cloud Subs Turkey Trot 5-mile fun run and walk this morning!  More than 21,000 people participated in this shindig and me, mom and dad were among the throbbing masses.  If you look in the middle of the picture below, you can see thousands of people lining up on the First Street Bridge just to get to the starting line.

It was organized by 5-mile runners (timed an un-timed) and those that wanted to just run/walk a 1-mile loop. There was also little kid walk/runs as well, but my mom thought we should sign up for the 5-mile run because it was good exercise.  Have I ever done a 5-mile “run” before?  No.  Had mom?  No, she’s never done one before either, but once the decision was made to sign up, there was no backing out!

We arrived at 8:30 in the morning and spent a lot of time waiting for the 5-mile race to start.  Once we lined up, it took us 20 minutes to walk to the starting line, and then everyone took off!  (Except for us!)  Our slow speed almost got us knocked over a few times, especially from the stroller crowd, but we maintained our slow-but-steady pace.

Here we are at mile 1, where we (and about 30 other people) all took a porta-potty break.  As there were only three latrines available, it took a long time to get through the line and back into the race!

Mom took this photo after mile 2 and we are walking downhill!

Now this is a first.  We are standing on an overpass with downtown Austin in the background celebrating mile 3! (As you can see, I’m still looking pretty cheerful.)

Now I am at mile marker 4, and can’t wait to get to the finish line!  I mean, I seriously can’t wait to get this thing over with because my feet are really starting to hurt!  (Please note I can still muster a smile!)

The finish line (aka the elusive 5-mile mark) is only a few steps away.  Can I make it?

You bet I can!  I know I don’t look quite as excited as dad does, but I was exhausted!

The official race time says it took us 2 hours and 20 minutes, but we really walked it faster than that.  If you deduct the 20 minutes it took to simply get to the starting line, plus the time we had to wait in line for an available porta-potty (there were only 2-3 per stop) at the aide stations, we walked the 5 miles in 1 hour and 50 minutes.  Not bad for a rookie don’t you think?

Have any of you done a 5 mile race before?  Did you like it?  Would you do it again?  I can’t believe this, but my mom wants to sign us up for a 5K (3.1 mile) Jingle Bell Run on December 4th!  Something tells me I don’t have a choice in the matter.  But heck, if I can pull off a 5-mile walk, I can surely walk a 5K without a problem!

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