On Thanksgiving, my No Boundaries group ran in the Solano Turkey Trot. As a coach, I ran with them. So did Coach Nicole:
I ended up settling in with some of the runners in my group that I figured were right about the speed I could handle (i.e. I was NOT racing this — I’ve been out injured for FAR too long to be able to race it. Plus, depressing that I’m so much slower than I was). So imagine my shock when the girl I was running with, Katherine, negative split her first race perfectly… and left me in the dust in the final mile. I still got some negative splits and a time that impressed me, though!
Mile 1: 9:50
Mile 2: 9:40
Mile 3: 9:30
final .1: 9:09 pace
I ended up with a Garmin time of 30:10 and a final time of 31 something (it was chip timed but not at both ends). A 30 minute 5k is actually really great, considering my PR is 27:23 and that was a year and a half ago, amidst marathon training. I’m actually pretty stoked about it and it gives me hope that my running is coming back. 🙂
Meanwhile, the race itself was quite unorganized and none of the turnaround points were marked. This caused the 5k leaders to run 3.8 miles (I did get turned around at the correct spot myself) and ALL of the 10k runners went over a mile too far and ran a 7.3 mile race that Thanksgiving morning. Ouch.
Yet they still finished with smiles on their faces! Here’s my friends Becky, Ryan, and Carmen heading to the finish line:
In conclusion, even if the race itself is severely messed up, I still love the Turkey Trot in general. There is no better way to start of a gluttonous holiday than with a race and time with your runner friends.