Turkey Trot Time!
To recap last year: Time 36:24 (7:19 pace) and 720th place. Only seriously running again for a couple months before. My ultimate goal this year was to run 31:30 but my training the last couple weeks was iffy so I softened it to 32:30
Course: It's a point to point 8k which starts in the North of the
city and is a straight shot ending downtown. It's fairly flat but has
some long false flats and slight uphills during the first 3 miles which
can be draining. Once again it hi its cap of 13200 registrants.
It's chilly and about 40 out with sun. Perfect running weather. Since Wineglass, my running has been real sporadic and not good at all. Plus I've been non-specifically sick for the last 2 weeks so I was even debating running. Ashley has not feeling good and her Asthma was acting up so she bailed. I decided to stick it out and jogged over the 1 mile to the start. I went to line up at the 6min/mile pace line and just like last year there were lots of people lined up inappropriately. A pair next to me was hoping to break 55 minutes and I had a 6 year old and some older
ladies in front of me. I was talking to a friend after the race and it's getting dangerous for the dozen or so rows of people behind the start. If they want to run a race that big, it's time they go to a seeded corral for anyone looking to run under 35.
It's off and I get settled. The first mile feels great at 6:08, suprising myself. I let it slow to 6:20 the next becasue I didn't think running 6:10 was going to work today. The next mile was were it all fell apart, I knew I should have started slower. Mile 3 and 4 were 3:39 and 6:35 and I sucking wind and ready to blow up. During the last 2 miles the people started to catch me but I knew I had to let them go. Finished up the last mile in 6:26 and hit my goal time coming in at 32:12. Finish was 189 of 11899 using the gun time. Got 23 of 690 in my age group. I
was moderately happy with my finish especially with how I've been feeling. I really would have liked to go a little faster but it just wasn't in the stars. Once I'm feeling up to snuff I'm getting back on the training train and ready to build mileage for summer racing. I have some mighty goals lined up