The fifth annual Turkey Day 8K was held in downtown Spartanburg this morning. My goal - earn a pair of socks! The first 80 men to cross the finish line get a pair along with the first 80 women. This is only my second year running the race after finishing with a 48:50 last year. No socks for me last year, but still had fun running.
I had no idea what time I would need to get the socks and I had no idea how to "race"! Up until this morning I have never went out as hard & as fast as I could go for 5 miles. Several hundred people lined up at the start and we were off. I didn't know what pace I was running or what distance I was at. I just ran as fast as I could stand to go. Hard up hills and hard down hills. If my body wanted to slow down I pushed it harder. We went up & down several hills and through some neighborhoods with folks cheering us on in their front lawns.
I rounded the final 100 yard leg of the race and saw 37:30 minutes on the clock. WHOA! I then thought "SOCKS!" so I kicked it as hard as I could to the finish line with a 37:50 time. I don't know if I was more excited to have ran a 7:37 min/mile pace for 8k or to have won some socks! YEAH! This big man has never moved that fast!
You get a small stick with a number on it when you finish if you are eligible for socks. I noticed my number was #78. Whew - close call - two more and I would have cold feet today ;]
Thanks to the Spartanburg Running Club and other sponsors for collecting food for the soup kitchen from runners. This was a free race to support a great cause.
Now off to bask in the glory of the turkey socks....