Turkey Trot 5K - 11/22/07
Thursday, November 22, 2007
You wouldn't believe it unless you were there. Arrived at the park for the Turkey Trot 5K here in Abilene, Texas, at around 7:15am. The thermometer read 30 degrees with a wind chill of 20 degrees. The wind was horrific! Picked up my packet and stood around the fire until time for the race to start - or so we thought. Typically around 150 runners participate in this race. This year there were 230 official runners plus about 30+ walkers in the 1 mile fun run. They ran out of t-shirts and packets because there were so many people participating.
The race finally started over 20 minutes late at 8:20AM. Started at a good pace for the first mile and finished it at about 11:20 min/mile. The 2nd mile was pure torture! The wind was so bad that everyone was struggling to make it up the hill that was part of mile 2. Finished mile 2 at over 13 min/mile. Not sure how much I did mile 3 in. I was completely numb by this point and it was then that it started snowing!!! Yes, I said snow in Texas on Thanksgiving Day. I finished the race at a time I wasn't too thrilled with. About 2 minutes more than normal. But when I finally was able to check the offical race times, my time came out at 36:05. Not so bad when you consider the temperature, the wind chill, the horrific wind, and the snow that plagued this event. I came in #203 out of 230 and in my age group (female 30-39), I was #25 out of 28.
Now looking ahead to a 10K as I'll finish my 10K training program in a couple of weeks. I haven't found a 10K race to run in the spring yet, but I'm still looking. I'm hoping to do some speedwork this winter to improve on my time as I'm a pretty slow runner.
Lest you not believe me about the snow in Texas, I posted a picture in my photo gallery of the snow as of about 5PM with a ruler to prove it - 3.5 inches so far and we're under a heavy snow warning.