Thursday, November 26, 2009

Finally got some socks! Spartanburg Turkey Day 8K

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....


  1. Congrats! That's seriously fast. Dude, you're looking smaller in that pic. Nice socks.

  2. Nice time. Nice socks. Sorry about the Tigers.

  3. Holy smokes! Congrats! Looking forward to seeing you at Pine Mtn!!

  4. What a great bpm actually went up. Congrats!

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