Friday, November 23, 2012

Run! Turkey Run 5k Recap

It was a bit of a bummer to have such perfect weather all week and then have a cold and windy day for the 5k.  Acutally I don't think it would have been too bad if the wind wasn't so cold and I think there were up to 20 mile an hour winds.  With temps in the 30s already it made it feel pretty cold.  At least the sun was shining!
I didn't really have a specific goal in mind for the race, I was thinking, hoping to get right around 7 minute miles.  I was pretty confident I could pull that off and for the street mile I wanted to at least come close to last years time of 6:32.  (I know I can do a mile faster, but coming off of a 5k with tired legs, not so much)

We were so cold waiting for it to start, we even ran a little trying to get warmed up.
If I look cold here, it is because I am, my teeth are chattering, but the beer was good.
Obviously a post race picture since I am drinking beer.

I lined up near the front and felt like I was being passed by lots of people right away, but I glance at my garmin confirmed that I was still going faster than I wanted to at 5:55 pace, so I slowed down a little more.  I knew a lot of those people were starting out too fast and I would start passing some of them soon.
I did.  It is so much funner to pass people than to get passed.  First mile was 6:52 and my legs were feeling tired, so I was little worried about how the rest of the race was going to go.
I settled in for the second mile, most of which seemed into the wind.  My toes were freezing.  I was still passing quite a few people, most all of which were males.  HAHAHA. I couldn't see any girls ahead of me though, so I knew the front runners were way out in front of me. Second mile 7:02.  Little worried for the last mile at this point. 
No need to worry.  I seemed to really get my legs under me at this point and pulled off a 6:44.  with a 6:10 pace for the last .14.  I may have dry heaved several times after crossing the finish line.  (I am such a heaver)
Final garmin time for 3.14 miles was 21:33.   Fastest 5k of the year.  and all with no speedwork since June.  :)
My little sister had her fastest 5k time ever with a 23:30, with her last mile a 7:12.  I think she surprised herself.
We were 3rd and 9th in our age group.  I was a little disapointed that the age group was a 30-39, instead of a 30-34 since it would be my very last race while 34.  WHAT!  Yup I have a birthday Tuesday :)  Especially since the two girls who beat me were in the 35-39 age group. I could have won the age group and   (okay done whining)
So after that I was signed up to do the street mile.  I was waiting outside the beer garden for my sister to get her beer and watching the street for the people to get lined up.  Except somehow I missed my sister and they lined up somewhere different from last year.  By the time I found my sister and figured out I should find the start line somewhere else it had already started.
I briefly debated running down to the start line and running it, but I could see people coming in already.  I didn't want to have to weave through all the walkers so I went and filled up my free pint glass instead :)

We waited for the awards and then ran to our vehicle and had the heat on high all the way home trying to get warmed up.

The shirt was a cotton long sleeve shirt and despite what it looks like in this picture is maroon and a dark grey.  A very comfy lounge around the house type shirt.  Not the kind I won't ever wear again.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!


  1. Congrats on your super cold, and mighty fast, 5k! The wind is always the killer. Love the top, I got a sweatshirt for the race I ran on Sunday and a super ugly Reebok long sleeved unflattering and not wicking like it states top from yesterday.

  2. Wow you were smokin!!! Those winds don't sound fun at all way to power through! I didn't get to do a Turkey Trek this year but I always enjoy those...

  3. UM, you got 3rd in your age group!!! AND it was a HUGE age group!! Look at it that way. You beat twice as many people to get that spot! :-)
    Great job!! You are such a fastie!
    Fyi- it looks sooo freaking cold, you are a tough cookie for drinking a cold beer after that. Where's the hot chocolate and Schnapps? heehee

  4. Congrats on a great race! You run way faster than I ever will. Happy belated Thanksgiving.

  5. Congrats on a well executed speedy 5k! That's awesome you still got 3rd in a huge AG! Congrats to your speedy sis too!

  6. Congrats on your awesome 5K!!! and you haven't even done speedwork since june, you're incredible...

  7. Congrats on your great race!!! Pretty good way to end the "year". :-)

  8. Luv the turkey on the shirt. So cute!

    Congrats on your time! And in the cold too.

  9. Congrats on you time and pushing through the cold! Way to go!

  10. Nice job! How cool to race with your sister...of course I think it's just cool to have a sister :)

  11. Congrats to you and your sister on speedy and solid races! It would be so fun to do a race with a family member, but none of mine enjoy running.

  12. You were haulin' ass! Nice work :) Also, looks like we had some seriously differing temps for our Turkey Day runs!

  13. Very nice!! Imagine your results with a little speedwork, too...
    I whined about a 30-39 age group divide, back in March, for way longer than you did. ;)

  14. Way to go with the fastest 5k for the year!! I had to laugh about drinking the beer after and not before the 5k...that would make it hard to run fast :)
    Congrats to your sister too!
    Hope you have a great birthday!!

  15. congrats!!! you are fast! so nice you got to do this with your sister!

  16. Great job on the fast run, especially in that wind! That shirt is really cool - better than most I've seen. Have a good rest of your holiday!

  17. Happy Thanksgiving! Good job on your 5k!

  18. You do look cold in that picture! I've been there--it's no fun waiting around wasting all that energy on shivering. Nevertheless, you did great in your race...way to chick so many runners :D

  19. Congrats to your and your sister on a speedy 5K! I like the shirt and pint glass idea.

  20. Amazing 5K performance, especially in that cold!

    Happy early birthday too :)

  21. 5:55 mile? I'm not sure I could even hit that pace if I tried. You and your sister are so speedy!!


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