Arizona Road Racers Thanksgiving Day Classic
10 Miler, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
November 25, 2010
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, a glass of wine... all things most people associate with Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy family, friends, and good food. Most of us watch what we eat through out the year but Thanksgiving gives us permission to forget about calories, indulge, and seems to kick off the eating season. With shopping, parties, and holiday food there is no end in sight of the calories and delights we get to indulge in.
So what better way to kick off the "silly season" then with a good old fashioned Turkey Trot? Many cities host them as a way to raise awareness and money for the local food pantry. Many people participate to help said food pantry and to offset the calories they will later consume. I thought this was a great idea and a way to challenge myself and kickoff my training for a half marathon only 9 weeks away.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The third day started with a bus ride to the start. We were taken to Scottsdale where we unloaded and walked through some gorgeous neighborhoods and enjoyed the mountain views.
Our safety crew as always was there to keep us, well safe, and entertain us too. Here is their early morning briefing and their rides.
We walked through the Biltmore Estates and some beautiful neighborhoods of the older part of Phoenix.
Along the way I saw people I had seen for the 2 previous days and I was reminded of why we were walking.
We ended at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Colosseum and walked into a cheering crowd or walkers, crew, family, just everyone was there, it was amazing!
The closing ceremonies were as moving as the opening. At the end everyone takes a shoe off and lifts it in the air as a salute. It was amazing to see.
I’ve been invited to join the team where ever they do their next walk. I didn’t think I would consider it, but we will just have to see.
There is no way I could include everything but I hope it gives an idea of the wonderful event and the worthy cause. Thank you for reading this long blog.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Day 2 - 22.5 miles
I finally got warm in my sleeping bag, didn't sleep well, but was ready to get walking! Breakfast was scrambled eggs, potatoes, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and that yummy coffee. Good fuel for 22.5 miles! I headed out with my roomie, her sister, and her sister’s BFF. It was chilly but soon warmed.
The first day was a bit of a blur, but day 2 I noticed lots of things. The food! I had heard that the 3-days were a 60 mile smorgusboard and they didn’t lie. OMGosh! Every couple of miles was a pit stop or a grab and go. They had port-o-potties for inventory out and food and drink for inventory in. A favorite of the walkers is the peanut butter and jelly on graham cracker sandwiches. Oh yum! Then in the middle of all the food there was lunch!
We only made one little side trip to an Einstein's Bagel Shop to get coffee. Gotta love their Vanilla and Hazelnut blend, yum!!!!!
We walked through the ASU campus. I had never been to some of the parts where we walked, it was really nice. Here's a view of A Mountain from a pedestrian bridge, and the sleepy streets of Tempe from that same bridge.
Another thing that amazed me were the cheerleaders. So many people lined the designated cheering stations and some just came out on corners or their houses to cheer us on.
The next three photos are all the same group! They were at every cheering station, in multiple locations along the route all 3-Days!
The other fixture along the route was crew, medical, and the safety crew. They were just incredible! The crew took care of our food, beverage, and anything else. Medical was always visible and I saw them literally jump-to when there was a need, thankfully I didn’t need them. The safety crew was equally as awesome and will always have a special place in my heart. These guys and gals had a sense of humor while keeping us safe as well as hearts as big as Arizona.
Day 2 was long and at times grueling but then you would pass through a cheering station and read the signs of the people. Some said things like “thank you for walking for my mommie” or “my grandma was so special God made her an angel.” It was amazing and moving. I learned to smile and not read the signs! Some were funny and cute and some were moving and very emotional. One cheering station I made to the end and almost lost it, thank goodness for sunglasses!
The end finally came in sight and we hobbled into camp. Semi-trailer showers and port-o-potties never looked so good.
Dinner that night was steak, potatoes, green beans, and apple pie. We stayed for some of the entertainment and I was amazed that some people, a lot of people, had enough energy to dance!
We crawled off to our sleeping bags and wrapped up for the night. Night 2 was warmer and I slept better.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I don’t even know where to begin. I will break this down into 3 posts one for each day.
After months of training and fundraising, the days have finally come and gone.
I was nervous about the event, not about my ability to perform, I was very confident in my training and preparation. I was nervous about meeting my tent-mate, the other people, and the emotions that I was sure would be there.
Day 1 - 20 miles
Hubby and I woke up early. I shot out of bed with the alarm! Went into the water closet and on to the shower. However, before the shower I ended up with the shakes, nausea, and pouring sweat! That has never happened to me before. I guess I need to not bolt out of bed. After a shower and breakfast I was better. Better so much in fact on the way we stopped at Einstein’s and I got a bagel and a large coffee!
Hubby dropped me off at the entrance before the parking. He got my luggage out and gave me a great big hug and told me how proud of me he was. Told me to remember to have fun, “it’s not a race it’s a walk!” Yes, dear. I repeated his words many times that first day.
A good reminder before the start
Opening ceremonies were fun, moving, sentimental,emotional, and motivational, everything you would think they would be.
After some music, stretching, and remembrance we were off and walking.First stop the port-o-potties. There would be a lot of visits here over the course of three days.
I met up with a lady from New Mexico and we walked together for awhile. She’s from a very small town so fundraising was limited and difficult but she did it! We lost each other at a pit stop but the walk must go on.
Next I kept pace with a lady for awhile and we finally started talking. She was great and we had a good pace. We met up with one of her training partners and finished the day together.
Camp was very organized. I arrived before my tent-mate so set up the tent and went to shower.
Dinner was yummy, chicken marsala, rice, salad, veggies, Oreo brownie, and really good coffee. I even did some studying for my mid-term, that would be the last time I looked at my study guide all weekend.
I returned to my tent and met my tent-mate and her sister. Chatted with them a bit and then turned it. That first night was really cold, I tossed and turned and didn’t sleep well. However, day two I was rearing to go!