“Race” Recap: Turkey Trot 5K & Shower Pill Review

On Thanksgiving morning, hubby, Zain and I made the long quarter of a mile trek to the meeting spot of our neighborhood informal Turkey Trot 5K.  Since I assumed we’d just be walking, I figured, why not sip some hot coffee along the way?

When we arrived at the starting area, I was really impressed by the turnout.  Last year, there were about 50 people and this year, there were at least 100.  Our neighborhood has grown in the past year, but there are also a lot of new runners and walkers.  I love how active our community is.

When the race started, we stuck to the back of the pack.  I didn’t really like being all the way in the back so I told hubby that we should try to run a little.  I really surprised myself by how good I felt so we ended up running most of the race.  We took some walking breaks, mostly on the hills.  I must admit that there is quite a bit of satisfaction that comes from passing others runners at 33.5 weeks pregnant.  Too bad I wasn’t pushing the stroller too to make me look extra awesome – I left that task to hubby.

Our finish time was 37:05 – not bad considering I haven’t been running consistently for weeks.  My ankle felt okay during the race.  It was a little sore and tight, but not terrible.  Even though the race went well, I’m not going to go back to running at this point.  Between the tendonitis and being hugely pregnant, running doesn’t feel natural anymore.  I’ll stick to just walking until after baby boy #2 makes his appearance.

Zain was so good for the race.  He had one little request after it was over – a trip to the playground!

He even went down the slide all by himself.  Up until that morning, he never wanted to go alone so we’d always have to go with him.  It was a big day!

After the race and some playground time, we had a big day ahead of us.  I had some pies to bake and 13lbs of sweet potatoes waiting to be peeled and cooked.  With so much to get done, I didn’t have time to shower right after the race.  I know, I’m so gross.  The generous folks at Shower Pill were kind enough to send me some of their athletic body wipes to review.  The wipes have been sitting on my desk waiting for the right occasion to test them out and it turned out that Thanksgiving was the perfect day.  No one wants their pie maker and sweet potato preparer to be all sweaty while cooking and baking.

I worked up more of a sweat than I thought I would during the race so I was glad to have these on hand.  Here were my impressions:

  • The wipes are quite generously sized and also very thick.
  • They have a nice refreshing scent.
  • They are very moist so they actually make you feel like you took a mini shower after using them.

I really liked the Shower Pill wipe.  I could see how they’d be really handy after doing my long runs with a training group where I had to get in the car and drive home afterward.  It would be really convenient to keep some wipes in the car and be able to get off that lovely salty crustiness that sits on your skin after a long run.  The great thing about the Shower Pill body wipes is that they actually kill 99.9% of germs – that makes them more effective than the baby wipe method after a workout.

Thanks to Shower Pill, I was able to get all my Thanksgiving goodies ready for dinner.  I still had to take a real shower before the big family dinner because there’s one thing that no wipe can do – get rid of the sweaty hair.  A real shower is a must for that!

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Disclaimer: Shower Pill was kind enough to send me their athletic body wipes to review; all opinions expressed are my own.

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Ready to race!

I’m going Turkey Trotting tomorrow.  I’m obviously aiming to smash my 5K PR since I’m clearly in top running shape right now.

Just kidding.  I’m just hoping to not finish the race in last place.  Our neighborhood is hosting an informal Turkey Trot 5K for the second year in a row.  Last year, it was a small “race” of about 50 or so runners and walkers.  I anticipate it will be about the same this year, but maybe a little bigger as our neighborhood has grown.

In my effort to not finish in last place, I thought about adding in a little bit of running here and there during the race.  Since my last run was, um…let’s see…7ish weeks ago, I think…and I haven’t consistently run in 13 weeks now, I was afraid my body forgot how to do it.  During our family walk over the weekend, I decided to “practice” my running a little to see if I can still do it and more importantly, not look too ridiculous doing it.  I was able to run in short bursts of about 30 seconds or so before needing a break.  I know…total weakling.

My ankle felt okay while running, just a wee bit tight.  [At my last OB appointment, my doctor said the tendonitis isn’t going to go away while I’m still pregnant – the combination of the hormones, change in my center of gravity, flattening of the arches, and change in how I walk/run make it pretty much impossible to heal completely right now. It sucks, but I’ll live.]  Out of a 2 mile walk, only about a quarter of a mile of it was running.  It felt amazing mentally to run.  Physically, I felt okay, but I was winded easily and just didn’t feel comfortable with the giant belly and all.  I also have a brand new ailment to add to my list of pregnancy joys: sciatica.  I never had it with my pregnancy with Zain so this is a fun new experience.

Hopefully, that “training run” will really pay off for tomorrow’s race ;) .  My wonderful hubby has sweetly agreed to walk to race with me AND push Zain in the stroller so at least I’ll have company and no added resistance to worry about.  Try to be patient waiting for the epic race recap to come.

If you haven’t committed to the Winter 100 Challenge yet, be sure to check it out! There are lots of great prizes you can win and most importantly, it will help you stay motivated this winter.  If you’re looking for more holiday motivation, check out my holiday weight loss tips from last year ;) .

Happy running!

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I have good news!

I’m pregnant! Just kidding, you already knew that. But holy moly, less than 2 months until my due date.  Where has the time gone?

I’d like to say my good news is that my ankle is all better, but that’s not quite it either.  It has improved significantly, but it’s not 100% yet.  Working with the chiropractor has helped immensely, but I’ve decided to stop going for now.  I think the pregnancy hormones will continue to work against me.  I’m just going to keep up my walking and hope that giving birth will be the cure to my ailment :) .

So what’s my real good news you ask? America made the right choice in the election on Tuesday!

Actually, that’s not even my real good news, but that is pretty darn good news.

My good news is that…drum roll please….

The Winter 100 Challenge is coming back this year!

The challenge was a huge hit last year.  Much to my surprise, people have even been contacting me to ask if I’d do it again this year.  It makes me so happy to know that people want to do the challenge again! I already have a few sponsors signed on for the giveaway and am hoping to hear back from more soon.

For those that didn’t participate last year, the challenge is that you have to run (or walk) 100 miles combined in the months of December, January and February – the purpose being to stay motivated to keep moving during the chilly months.  Everyone who completes the challenge is entered to win one of the amazing prizes from our awesome sponsors.  We had a pretty fantastic lineup of prizes last year so expect this year to be just as fabulous!

The post for this year’s Winter 100 Challenge with all the official business will be up soon.  Stay tuned!

Happy running!

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