Trot, then turkey
31st annual Thanksgiving 4-miler, Portland
Finish: 333/1,748 Time: 30:05 Pace: 7:19 Splits: 6:54, 7:20, 7:32, 7:34
What a great way to begin Thanksgiving Day. For the second straight year, I headed up to the Portland for a little burn before the feast. A record field of more than 1,800 runners participated in the 31st annual Portland Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler. A calm and mild morning greeted us for the 9 a.m. start on Congress Street; about 40 balmy degrees at the gun. Barry Ross and I ran into a fog bank as we drove up, but downtown near the water was clear and perfect for running. This race has become one of my favorites. Huge crowd, a festive atmosphere and there’s something about running through Portland that has cache for me. I guess it’s just plain fun to run down the middle of Congress Street, through the Old Port and along the wharf area. Adding to the fun was my continued improvement; demolishing last year’s Thanksgiving time by nearly 7 minutes and bettering my previous 4-mile standard by more than 5 minutes. The pre-race goal was to finish with a 7-minute per mile pace and I settled for 7:19.