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Race with Grace 10K

Thursday, November 24, 2011

As planned, I set out to run a competitive 10K on Thanksgiving Day. The day was sunny, but a bit chilly before race time. It warmed up to be good running weather, probably near the forecast of 41° F (5° C) at race time.

There were 1095 participants, which made quite a crowd at the starting line:

Split times were offered at mile markers and at 5K. As I passed mile 1, I heard 6:30. Dang competitive juices, I didn't think I was running that fast. Better slow down if I want to finish. Mile 2, I heard 13:09. I thought I slowed down more than that. Mile 3 was 19 plus something high, I don't remember. The 5K split was 20:34, which kind of blew me away. That's faster than I ran a 5K on November 6, and I didn't leave much in the tank then.

I didn't hear the split at 4 miles. I think it was 34:57 at 5 miles; I know I was much slower on miles 4 and 5. I thought a lot about slowing to a walk in that stretch, but managed to keep running. This was mostly into the wind, and much of it was up an incline. I heard the split at 6 miles, but can't remember it.

But I kept running to the end. My daughter caught this shot of me approaching the finish line:

I kept running all the way, and managed a bit of a sprint to the finish line. Final chip time was 43:52.462, for an average pace of 7:05 per mile. I felt pretty good about both running all the way and that time:

That turned out to be good enough to place 122nd in a field of 1095 participants with 1011 finishers. I went to the awards ceremony to find out how much faster the age group leaders would be than I was. To my surprise, I turned out to be the age group winner for males 55 to 59. I was 39 seconds ahead of the next guy in the group. Instead of medals, they handed out envelopes.

In my envelope was $25. I hadn't looked at the prize list, and wasn't expecting money for age group leaders. Well, I'll take it. It will pay for my $18 entry fee and most of the gas I burned getting to and from the site twice (packet pick up, and race day).

Got a nice visit with my daughter out of the deal, too. Came home after the race, and had one of my typical dinners for lunch. (I counted the post-race banana, yogurt, and bagel as a snack.) Daughter wasn't hungry, but accepted a salad with chicken breast meat. At this point, it looks like I can finish Thanksgiving Day in calorie range and eating mostly healthy stuff.

Life is good, and I have much to be thankful for.
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    I'm not surprised you won the age group, you always run fast as hell, for any age group : ))
    Well done!
    2400 days ago
    The whole experience sounds wonderfuk, and congrats on your age group record! I bet it was also very nice for your daughter, I always enjoy watching races my husband runs in.
    2400 days ago
    emoticon on winning for your age group...that's awesome! Happy Thanksgiving...and yes, we have so much to be thankful for.
    2400 days ago
    What a great way to spend Thanksgiving: you really distinguished yourself!!
    2400 days ago
    neat tale!!! It sounds like a wonderful day, You are sharing something really special with your daughter. The best part of your biog. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2400 days ago
    Competitive juices are good. Proud of you, brother! Congrats on your "perfect" record as a 55 to 59 year old runner!

    emoticon emoticon Well done, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Your sisters did not run today, but three of us walked over to Holmes Lake and back after the feast. Felt good... it was, by the way, nearly 70 degrees F. In Nebraska. In November! A year ago, we froze our you know whats off on Thanksgiving day.
    2400 days ago
    really awesome!!! I can't imagine those speeds. How long have you been running?
    2400 days ago
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