14th Place Overall, 6th AG (30-39), 18:12
There is such a choice of turkey trotting these days. It now seems to start a couple of weekends out and then on the day itself every small town in Colorado seems to be putting one on. It seems everyone likes the idea of creating a caloric deficit before the feasting begins.
I chose Boulder again this year for a few reasons. I like the cause (they raised about $9K and over 970lbs of food) for the community food share and I ran 18:17 there last year when I was training for CIM and felt in pretty good shape. That year I'd also ran the 10k in Longmont as I did a couple of weeks ago and was quicker there as well by a handful of seconds. This would be a good test to see if I could come close to that time without all the long miles and big training block. My big fear was repeating the calf injury I picked up in the race last year which meant sitting out CIM completely. I was wearing the same pair of shoes so had a bit of anxiety going in. I was hoping all the track work and foot stability strengthening was going to pay off.