On Thanksgiving Day I ran the annual Galloping Gobbler 4-Miler race in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ran the entire time with no stopping or slowing except for two incidents.
My pace was decent considering my incidents as well. I dressed proper for the weather. I used the Runner’s World “How to Dress” feature and it worked out prefect. I also wore a Bondi Band to cover my ears.
Pace: 11:45-minute miles
Overall: 1450 / 2093
Age Group (25 to 29): 105 / 159
I got out there and was active on Thanksgiving Day. I did enjoy the run for the most part. Great post-race treat of chocolate milk at the finish line. Walked through the water stop.
My Target C9 running tights worked swell for the most part. They did bunch up around the back of my knees though. And the zippers on the calves that looked “so cute” chafed me up. I had to unzip them to reduce the friction. Compared to the runners with “real tights” I felt like an amateur.
Rain held off for the bulk of the race, but it started to soak me (and the other runners up) around the 35-minute mark. I was warned the course was hilly. But I really had no idea. The bulk of the course was in a cemetery where basically runners were constantly running up and down hills. It was pretty intense, and unlike any course I’ve ran before.
As a result of my run, the tendonitis (aka. sesamoiditis) is full blown again. My IT band also acted up pretty bad. After that started acting up, around mile 2.75 my inner leg blew out. I had to stop and try to stretch out and lost at least 2-minutes on my time.
After some research on what hurt, I think I strained my hip flexor. I’m guessing my IT weakness put strain on the hip and then that just blew. I was able to stretch and then get going and then I finished the race without stopping.
In conclusion, I would run the Galloping Gobbler 4-Miler again if given the chance. I now know what I am getting into with the hills. The race “swag” was a little less than I expected. Overall the folks who showed up were friendly.
Some dressed up in turkey garb, some came for a casual walk, and of course some came to compete. Overall I would recommend this race to others.