Runner's High Beats Tryptophan at Turkey Trot

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Turkey TrotRolling out of bed at 5:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morn proves you are just a little crazy. There I said it. It is in the public record. I wanted to go on a training run for a forthcoming half marathon with our city's 41st annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot run of eight miles. My theory was that a

Runner's High beats Sleep Caused by Tryptophan.

You know Tryptophan. It is what makes you sleepy after eating the turkey. Well I survived the run and I ate the turkey later and away I go blogging so my theory proved right.

With my runner's high along the race route this is what I observed today:

Beauty - a sea of colorful humanity, particularly on two long bridges one leaving south of the downtown and the other bridge with miles of runners on it approaching the glistening skyscrapers in the blue, morning sky. Boston and New York City marathoners can appreciate the awesomeness of this spectacle. This race with its three mile fun run had 30,000+ people running, the largest in the country on this holiday.

Kindness - a lady RUNNING with her golden labrador retriever in front of me at one of three water stations picked out a cup off the table and was giving her dog a drink in full stride. Amazing. She thought of the dog FIRST.

Challenge - on one of the long uphill battles against some hills, a wheelchair racer was struggling, but not giving up to get up the hill. He made all of us around him proud of his determination with his two arms on the wheels and not giving up.

Encouragement - At the six mile mark, many missed the sign indicating that distance and others said, hey, if we were running a marathon we'd have 20 miles more to go. It made the final two miles seem like a breeze. And finally,

Humor - we live in a way too high tech world. This one guy had an iPhone strapped to his upper arm. He is Bluetooth talking to who knows who crossing this bridge. The crowd laments to him vocally give me a break!! Then we must have had some native New Yorkers or Californians in the crowd with their cell phone law background. The next one passing him said, "Don't you know you're not supposed to talk and run?" A cast of characters out there pounding the pavement.

So if you ever need the antidote for not falling asleep in the Easy Chair after the big bird and the football game, catch me south of downtown Dallas Thanksgiving day morn. You'll see some interesting people and maybe as a bonus lose some pounds for the day. : ) Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one wherever you were at.

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Susie Blackmon
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I will do the turkey trot today. Once you eat turkey, it's nap time for me! Will have to tack on an extra mile or two on the treadmill!

November 28, 2008 09:05 AM
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Susan Mangigian
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Well, I am impressed!  I would have been in the ER getting oxygen, not writing this beautiful post if I had run that far!!  Good for you.

November 28, 2008 03:15 PM
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Pat: Yes, as the miles unwind you do have time to think. Also thinking of how far the next mile marker is.

Carol: Glad your daughter is still into running.

Lynda: I'm glad you stick with the running. I agree with rain and cold. Then it can be a bear.

Laura: There's a lot going on out there on the pavement.

Don: Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one for you.

Marzena: Burning the calories doesn't make you feel as bad later on when you pig out.

Elizabeth Nieves: Glad you had a good Turkey Day.

Charles: Glad you took it easy.

Susie Blackmon: I think for some with the leftovers it may be several days before they get back up on the treadmill. Good for you : )

Susan Mangigian: My very first race well over twenty years ago, a 10K, I did pass out at the finish line and was given oxygen. I was so embarassed. I ran so fast I couldn't breathe. I was a complete idiot (but I got my race T-shirt).

November 28, 2008 04:05 PM
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Hi-You know the more I learn about you, the better I like you. I enjoy reading from all your wonderful commenters as well. Two of my favorite of your commenters are Susan M. and William J. That is where I would have been if I ran 8 miles. Actually, try intensive care. Pretty sad, but true nonetheless. Another one of those things I have been my own "worst enemy" about. but know once and for all that I need to change that, otherwise I will be intensive care, but it will be for much less than an 8 mile run and I may not survive. I think that is one of the things that makes me know I have to take better care of "me" before I run out of time here on earth. You are a true inspiration and example for what happens when you take good care of yourself, mentally,physically,emotionally and spiritually. Pretty cool my friend!  If you decide to run in next year's Thanksgiving race. I may just be there cheering you on and by then you'll even recognize my smiling face in the crowd.

BTW-If getting up at 5:30 a.m. on Turkey day makes you crazy, then I think that is a wonderful crazy. What I think on the other hand that is truly CRAZY is having a big turkey dinner and then going and sitting outside in a line at Wal-Mart and waiting all night for the doors to open. Just my humble opinion. Not my idea of a good time. My idea of a good time was what I did this Thanksgiving. Relaxing,catching up on some much needed sleep, and just going to local store with little to no traffic involved. Film of that at 11. <smile> Only bad thing was, I like sleeping in my own bed without a snoring mother, dog and a bed that doesn't make my body hurt so much that sleeping is done in spurts. Oh well. Still had fun nonetheless. <smile>

November 30, 2008 03:11 PM
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GARY thanks for dropping by my blog and telling me about this post. I have run the Dallas Turkey Trot off and on since 1983 when I ran there with my Dad and brother. There were only about eleven hundred runners instead of what, 30,000 this year? Actually my brother took off way ahead of us and my Father laughed and cajoled me the entire way as I was struggling having just begun to experience running (I still smoked at the time). Anyway it is such a great run and my times have been as lw as 63 minutes in 2001 and this year was 1:24. I just enjoy it all. When approaching the finish line this year two of the guys beside me were rattling off everything they were planning to have for Thanksgiving that day...extra rolls and two helpings of dressing and yes pie, oh for sure at least two pieces of pie and, and...

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