I’m pleased to announce that the traditions continue. As usual, I had the opportunity to work at the Drumstick Dash expo and race for our local running store, Athletic Annex. The Drumstick Dash is one of my favorite races of the year. It’s a perfect distance for all ability levels, 2.75 or 4.6 miles (you have two options), a great crowd, a great cause (the Wheeler Mission), and the perfect way to start a holiday.
Because I work our store’s booth the morning of the race, I was outside in the cold for 2.5 hours before the race started. It was cold. We’re talking 20-30degree weather. As we toed the line, I literally could not feel my feet. No exaggeration, I felt nothing. Because I hadn’t run longer than 3.3 miles since the Monumental Marathon, I intended to take the 4.6 mile course nice and easy. Once I got moving and still couldn’t feel my feet, I decided to take off so that my blood would circulate and warm fast so that I could feel my feet. Before I knew it, I finished the race with an average pace of 8:41 per mile finishing in 39:53. I cannot remember the last time I ran that fast in a race!
After closing down shop at the race, I zipped home to wash up and prepare for guests. We did the usual, turkey, smoked turkey, classic sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls, mashed potatoes, cornbread, cranberry sauce and pie. Lots and lots of pie.
We finished the evening with football and coloring. Just an absolute perfect day.