I was one of approximately 37K runners/walkers taking part in the Dallas Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. In spite of the way the return to Standard Time has adversely affected my running schedule, I finished the 5K in 35:07, about half a minute faster than I ran the Race for the Cure. Happy me! Although I didn't check out the feet of all 37K trotters, I was, as far as I could tell, the only person out there in FiveFingers. Being one of the few (only?) people running in FiveFingers had an interesting effect on my running. Every few minutes I could hear someone behind me say to his or her companion "Look at her shoes!" Whenever I heard that, I made sure that my running form was as good as I could make it; I didn't want anyone to blame my poor performance on my lack of "proper shoes". I think the scrutiny helped me complete the race faster than I had expected to.

It was a fun race. I look forward to running it again year, and I'm really looking forward to running the Mayor's 5K with my sister Hillary in a couple of weeks.

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Comment by J-F lemay on December 18, 2009 at 10:28pm
Hey nice work Shawna! time improvement is a good indication that you're getting better! And you're doing good to focus on form! Doing a 35min/5k with good form all the way IS SO MUCH BETTER than doing a 30 min/5k with very bad form for the last 2k! I think we all just focusing too much on time and not enough on technic! Keep pushing, you're made for it!!!!
Comment by isabella konold on December 17, 2009 at 12:23am
Love it!! I love the way the ego can align itself with our highest potential. You show 'em girl!

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