|Me post race|
: 2nd out of 10 (in age group) 49th out of 689 finishers
Low 50's, negligible wind
Last Year's Report
What Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete for a runner without fulfilling the obligation of doing the local Turkey Trot?
Since moving to Utah, I've opted to do the South Davis - Bountiful 5K. Why you might ask? Well
- It's cheap -- only $25
- It's an honest course. The first mile is mostly downhill while the last mile is uphill
- The really offer a lot of perks, including a high-quality finishing medal and a swag bag that just can't be beat. I almost feel guilty taking all the race stuff.
We've had some really pleasant fall / winter weather and Thanksgiving Day 2014 was out of this world. It was definitely shorts + t-shirt weather. My hands tend to get cold, so I put on some gloves as well. But I was completely comfortable both before and after the race.
New Age Group
November 27 also marked my 45th birthday -- and a new age group. I remember when I turned 40 I was filled with dread because the 40-44 age group, at least in Illinois, was probably the most competitive. Suffice to say the age group awards slowed to a drip upon turning 40. When I was in the 35-39 age group, I could pretty much walking into any race and get something (except for the really huge ones).
I guess things will get better as I get older. I am just really thankful that I can still compete and do well.
Sorry guys, I forgot my Garmin. So I have no idea what my splits were, as there were no mile markers either (I was carrying my phone and set the timer). I do remember seeing the "half-way" point and looking at my phone and seeing the timer say 12 minutes. I wasn't too happy with that, as normally I finish quite strong in this race.
|Long sleeved t-shirt|
I started off semi cautiously on this one. I had done about a mile warm-up before hand and I didn't feel that awesome. Also one of my goals was to not die at the end. Each time I've run this course, I manage to run the first mile extremely fast, hang on at mile 2 and then crawl to the finish. I am happy to report that didn't happen this time.
|Lining up near the front. Tons of behind me.|
The race started a little bit late so by the time it did start I wasn't really warmed up. The start is congested as both the 10K and the 5K start together. Luckily after about 100 yards, the route does open up to a full road:
|Mild downhill for the first mile or so|
|Took these pictures post race|
The last mile is a grind up hill. I wound up getting passed here a few times. I really wish I had my Garmin with to know what I ran the last mile in. I felt strong and in control for most of the race.
After the race, I wound up going for about a 2 mile cool down jog. I knew I was going to be eating a LOT later and the more calories I could burn the better.
After coming back to the race finish I put on some warmer clothes and checked out my results. Score! I finish 2nd in my age group; garnering a cool prize: a pie!
|My pie! Yeah!|
|Finish line is off to the left|
|Waiting for awards|
|Age group awards|
|Very nice Finisher's Medal|
The race seemed to be over in just a short matter of time. Sometimes the 5K is just a nice race: 20-some odd minutes and you are done.
I finished in 24:09, which I am not thrilled about. The conditions were fairly ideal too: no wind, low temperatures, so I was really shooting for something in the low 23's. It looks like I have some serious work to do in order to get back to my top 5K form.
I did finish strong though and maybe I left a little bit too much in the tank as I've forgotten how to race a 5K. I've been primarily focusing on longer races and I am still unsure what I have for a 5K.
This will likely be one of the last races I do this year, so I can at least focus on dropping some weight and improving my speed throughout the winter.
Also, I took advantage of their sweet deal and signed up for their Valentine's Day Race (another 5K) for a whopping $15! Yeah!
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