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!



26 comments:

  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.

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  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...

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  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

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

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  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!

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

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

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

    Congrats on your time! And in the cold too.

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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. ;)

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  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!!

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

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  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!

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

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  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

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  19. Congrats on a speedy (cold) 5k!! :)

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

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

    Happy early birthday too :)

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  22. 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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