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Earn Your Turkey 5k

Friday, November 23, 2012

I signed up for this turkey trot with low expectations. I am not yet "a runner" and just did a 5k a few weeks ago and had been focusing more on swimming these past few weeks. I figured it would be a fun way to burn a few calories on Thanksgiving morning. I signed up with one friend, roped another in, and she roped in another. Of the three, at least two are, generally-speaking, faster than me. The third did C25K at the same time I did, and this was her first race. I figured I'd try to stay between the faster two and the wildcard :) We all live reasonably close to one another and therefore carpooled, which was fun, as everyone's husband/kids wanted to stay home and watch the parade on TV.

It was colder than expected, and we had a wide range of layers between us. I ran in running capris and a long-sleeve fleece-lined running shirt -- a vast improvement over last month's corset and scratchy mini-skirt. The group of us started together but split up quickly. At the one mile mark, I heard a familiar voice from over my shoulder and realized one of the faster girls was actually *behind* me. And I felt crushed, realizing I had gone out too fast. Runkeeper called out my mile split: 9:38, which is a good minute faster than I usually would do for a first mile. (Yes, I am slow.) I told myself that negative-splitting was out the window and focused on maintaining speed.

At the two mile mark, the faster girls passed me, which left me fearing I had let up too much, but I didn't want to check. It was what it was. I then heard Runkeeper inform me that I was at a 9:35 pace.

At the 2.5 mile mark, I realized that I was keeping pace with the girls. By then I was feeling it -- my breathing was getting heavier, as were my legs. But I decided to see how long I could keep up. I kept reminding myself that a 5k is super-short and there wasn't that much to go.
As we rounded the final corner, I realized I was still keeping up with them. Unlike my last 5k, I did not feel like I had a ton left, but I kicked what little I had into high gear. I finished ten seconds behind one friend and five behind the other. I felt a bit like I was going to puke. And the race coordinators had run out of water (really? 800 registered runners and you buy 200 bottles of water?).

My time? Well, when I modified my goals yesterday on Daily Mile to include "run a 5k in under 30 minutes", I assumed it was well in the future, as my prior best was 32:28 and that was only a month ago and I haven't run much since. But I did it -- 3.15 miles in 29:52 on my phone (29:55 officially). Whoo-hoo!

Now to continue working toward being able to run a 10k.
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    Woot! Woot! Congrats on that killer time:):):)
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    2031 days ago
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    2034 days ago
  • SUSIEQ911
    emoticon That's FANATASTIC! Congratulations!

    I really need to sign up for a real 5k. I've not yet hit sub 30 and I've been running since may. I think it's a combination of running most on the badly calibrated treadmill or running outside but alone. I know I run faster when around others (I think it's a "look what I can do" attitude) so I'm sure I could do it, but on our treadmill there's no way it will happen. My legs just can't go that fast. I'll sure keep trying thoug

    What a great way to start your Turkey Day! I bet you felt great all day long just thinking about your accomplishment!

    2034 days ago
    Fantastic job!
    2035 days ago
  • DALID414
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