Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanks 4 Giving Turkey Trot Race Report

Five years ago today, I gave birth to my baby. Five years ago today, I was excited to be a mom for the second time. Being the mom to two little girls is the greatest blessing that I could have ever wanted. My girls keep me on my toes and smiling all the time.

This weekend was a crazy, family-filled weekend. I decided to log off from my computer and just enjoy my family. I missed being online, but I really enjoyed spending time with family.

On Thursday, I ran my 2nd Turkey Trot and ran one of my best races ever. Like I had mentioned last week, I picked the 10k and I was so happy I did that. My goal was to PR. My previous PR was a 45:59, set on a short course over a year and a half ago.

I warmed up by running a mile before the race. I know my legs don't like to go fast right away so knew this was necessary. It was also 30 degrees and I didn't want to sit around waiting in the cold.

The starting line was incredibly crowded and I got stuck behind a lot of walkers. I was a little nervous about this, but my husband reassured me that I was fine, so I just went with it. Sure, I had to weave around people for about a quarter of a mile, but it wasn't too bad. I hit mile 1 in 7:07. My goal pace was 7:10-715, so this was a little fast but I was OK as I didn't go out too fast. Mile 2 was a 7:02. Now this was approaching too fast for what my plan was, but it was at this time that I realized how good I felt. Last year at this same Turkey Trot, I did the 5k. I averaged a 7:02 pace for the whole thing and I felt dead. I knew at this time, if I had planned on doing the 5k, that I would have killed that race. But I also knew I had 4 miles to go so was hoping my legs would hold out. Mile 3 was a 7:08. That was much better. I was still right under goal pace and getting passed by 5k runners. I reminded myself that I was only halfway there and to just go with it.

I hit the 5k point in 22:35. This seemed about right to PR with 45:00 so I was excited as I still felt good, good enough to pick up the pace a bit. Mile 4 was a 7:02. I was shocked at this point that I was still able to pull low 7's. Mile 5 came in at 6:56. When that split appeared on my Garmin, I had to do a double-take. A sub-7 mile this far into a race? Mile 6 was a 6:59. Another sub-7. At this point I was completely amazed at my body, I was going to negative split this race. I ran the last .33 miles (Yes, not .2, I have since read complaints the course was long, but I am not complaining) at a 7:04 pace.

My finish time was 44:34 with an average pace of 7:12 for a 10k, but since the course was long, I actually did a 7:02 pace for that distance. A minute and a half PR and my second 5k was in 21.59! As you can see from my PR's on the side, I have yet to go under 22 minutes in a 5k, and I just did in a 10k. I placed 2nd in my age group out of 52 people and 31st overall out of about 300 people. You can bet I was on a runner's high the entire weekend after that.
Post-race photo

As soon as we got home from the race, it was straight to cooking. We were hosting our biggest Thanksgiving crowd ever and I had so much to do. I was on my feet cooking, serving, and cleaning for the next 7 hours. My hip was not crazy about this, but I rested it and got ready to go out Black Friday shopping at 10 o'clock. Yes, I am one of those crazy shoppers that shops all night. I even buy a T-shirt to show my excitement for the "holiday".
Yes, that is a Team Sparkle skirt. :) I bought it for my upcoming Jingle Bell run and thought it matched perfect with my Black Friday shirt. We got most of our shopping done between 10 that night and 5 the next morning. I was exhausted by the time I got home, but had so much fun.

All that in 24 hours. Now can you imagine why I was missing all weekend? I will have more photos from the rest of the weekend on my next post. I can't wait to show you pictures of my daughter from her birthday party!


robinbb said...

wow - you killed it! Congrats on running such a great race!

robinbb said...

Robin-this is SUCH an awesome time on a long course. Congrats on a HUGE PR!!! Great negative split too!! Can't wait for Boston for you:)

robinbb said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter and congrats on a great race!!!!

robinbb said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter - YAY!!! And WHAT AN AWESOME RACE!! Be proud sister!

robinbb said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! Congrats on a new PR!

robinbb said...

Congrats on a great FAST time!
happy birthday to your daughter!
you are my winner for my giveaway by the way
I dont have your code yet but email me your info and as soon as I get it I will email you the code for the software

robinbb said...

You are the most amazing runner. You did not tell me you placed. That is amazzzzinnnng! you rock lady. i am so honored that you let me run with you. how was the birthday party?

robinbb said...

Nice job on the new PR. It's it awesome when in the race you think you should slow down but you feel great and keep going. Great job.