Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Trot 5k and Street Mile Recap, Yay for chip timing!

I was pretty excited for the 5k, there were nearly 2000 runners entered, which is awesome considering it was the first year for this race.  Great turnout!  My goal for the race was to keep my pace in the low 7s , I wasn't really sure what to expect considering I have not done any speed work to speak of since mid September.  The first mile felt good.  Great really and I kept having to remind myself to slow down.

Post race picture with my sister and my first ever post race beer!
Mile 1   6:52

The second mile started to hurt a little but I was still passing people and doing all right my breathing wasn't as under control as I wanted it to be, but I was doing all right

Mile 2   6:55

The third mile I was struggling.  It just hurt, I was starting to feel the lack of speed training and I was doing all i could to really hang in there.  My legs were tired, my breathing was struggling and I wanted to be done!

Mile 3   7:12

I pushed it the last little bit and finished stronger

.13  6:32 pace

They only did awards for the top three in each age group and the age groups were 30-39.  I finished 4th.  I am happy with my time considering the lack of speed work.  What it has done is rekindled my interest in doing some speed training!  YAY!  I just haven't felt like doing it lately, but doing this race reminds me how much I love it and I want to be FASTER!

The Street Mile Recap

I refueled after the 5k with an Island Necter Roctane and two cups of water, used the porta potty twice and visited with some friends until it was time to line up for the race

I was really nervous.  The girl who had finished right behind me in the 5k was doing the street mile too so it was fun to have someone to visit with while we waited.  I debated taking off my long sleeve shirt and running in my tank.  I didn't, I later regretted that when i got hot.

The first half mile I felt like I was floating, it felt great, I was loving it.  I passed a lot of girls and kids that started out too fast.  I didn't really have a goal time in mind but wanted to run it faster than 6:30.    From about the half mile to .8 miles I was hurting and struggling to stay under a 7 min/mile pace.  Right at the end a girl went sprinting past me and I struggled to keep up, friends on the sideline started yelling at me to run faster, she was going to catch me.  I didn't know who she was, but that was enough for me to kick it into a higher gear and finish strong.

My garmin said 6:35.  Just under my B goal.  Bummer.  Then I was kind of mad that if I had all that energy to kick it in at the end why hadn't I pushed harder sooner.  (Never mind that I was dry heaving as soon as I did get across the finish line.) 

I just know I can do a mile faster because I have before during other races, but I'll take it!

My sister told me I was the second girl in, only the girl who had sprinted past me at the end beat me.  Cool!
So we waited for awards and when they got to top overall females for the mile the third place girl was the sprinter, the second place girl was Niki, who was right behind me and I thought what the heck?  Then it clicked and I looked at my also confused sister and said "CHIP TIMING" it was right there I realized I won!
I was 11th out of 281 total finishers.  I think their chip timing was a little off since they had my time at 7:01 and I started my Garmin right after the gun went off and stopped it right across the finish line.  Other people were thinking it was off too.

Woohoo!  I was so excited!  I won a gift basket of some yummy foods.  A pair of Redstar sunglasses.

Gift basket of goodies, lined with a t-shirt
The race bags had a great t-shirt, a $500 Redstar giftcard, and a lot of local and downtown Billings coupons and things in them.  Pretty good overall!  Check out the sunglasses.  I would not have picked out white frames, but I do like them and think they will be great to run in.  They are even polarized.
 I seriously love the shirt, it is nice and long in the arms and the body, I love the colors.  Oh yeah and did you notice my "medal" for winning the girls mile race?  It is made out of a scrap of leather.  Very original!


 and we got finisher pint glasses, since I did both races I got two.  I had a glass of porter house ale when I got done.  It was pretty good!
 My only complaint about the race was for the 5k we ran a mile loop then started over so that we started running into walkers during the second mile who were doing their first mile and they were spread all over the street so that we had to weave through them.  Very aggravating especially when one stopped right in front of me and I nearly ran into her.  I may have cussed as I performed evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. oops

 Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I know I did!

35 comments:

  1. So proud of you, Christy!! You did so well on your 5k...and you also were super speedy for your 1 mile too. Just imagine how fast your mile would have been if you hadn't done an a fast 5k before that.

    Congrats!!

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  2. That is one heck of a way to kick off Thanksgiving!! Awesome job!

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  3. Amazing job, especially for that speedy mile AFTER a 5k. Congrats!

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  4. Awesome job - congratulations! Love that gift basket :) .

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  5. Great job!! And congrats!
    Love the leather medal ... very different. :)

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  6. You are a speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed demon! Nice job!!

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  7. Congrats Christy!! So proud of you!! Such an amazing prize package!!

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  8. Congrats on your races! Two in one morning is quite impressive! Love the scrap leather medal as well, cant say that I have one of those.

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  9. Great job! Those are some seriously awesome prizes!

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  10. Wow - I can't wait to see how fast you are when you are actually doing speedwork! Love the medal! :)

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  11. Congrats, my speedy friend! You are a rock star. Happy Thanksgiving, too!

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  12. You are super speedy!!! Congrats! Love the prizes/shirt/leather "medal"!!!

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  13. Wow, congrats!! That is so cool. And a $500 gift card....what??

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  14. I am so impressed that you won a race! Congratulations!

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  15. Congrats Christy!!! You did absolutely amazing at both races and I am so incredibly proud of you. I cannot even imagine running a mile race after a 5k and you did it...and WON IT! You go girl. :D

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  16. WooHoo! Congrats on a great day all around! You medal is hilarious and I'm covering those pint glasses.

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  17. Well, shoot! Nice work! That's some pretty nice swag too :)

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  18. Great job on both runs!! Awesome swag! I have to say, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who dry heaves when I really push at the end!

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  19. So awesome! GREAT JOB!!! not once but TWICE! Truly inspiring :) I LOVE the "medal" too :)

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  20. Wow are you speedy! What the heck are you gonna do when you start doing speedwork?! LOL! Congrats!

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  21. I knew you could do it... you have such a competitive spirit. Awesome... And nice swag too.

    Love the leather-tooled turkey medal. So cute!

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  22. You are amazing! Great job!! So impressive and love your turkey medal :).

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  23. WOW!! You rocked two races in one day or should I say within hours of one another!! You are super speedy and Congratulations!! Nicely done!!

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  24. YAY christy! you sure did run like a turkey :P lol super awesome :) and I don't like beer but I have read it's good for runners (in small amounts obviously)

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  25. Awesome job, you little speedster, you! So impressive!!! And, yes, I do love the shirt and medal :)

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  26. You are one speedy lady! Congrats on two races well done. You definitely earned your pumpkin pie!

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  27. wow that IS a medal!!!!
    congrats on your races!!! fantastic job!!!

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  28. cute shirt, and great job!! we did the same kind of thing for the turkey run that I helped with! It was a clay pie with a turkey on it. than we used cornhusk to make the ribbon, it was a lot of fun to make a medal that was original. I love the leather idea also!

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  29. Congrats on the awesome job for your run! Y'all seem to have the best prizes!!! :)

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  30. Great job! Congrats on winning the mile for the women's group. Those prizes are pretty amazing!

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  31. Awesome job on both races, especially on the street mile! And if you got a 6:35 mile even after doing a 5K before it, while being hot and not being fully exhausted at the finish line - I bet you can do 20 seconds seconds better than that next race!

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  32. WHOA speed demon! Way to go winning!! I ran a local turkey trot that had no chip timing and the clock they did have was covered up so I literally have NO idea what my time was :) Oh well, it was all for fun anyways!

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  33. What awesome splits! Oh, and happy birthday. I'm so behind on reading blogs :)

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