Turkey Trot - Run5 Mile

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Miamisburg, Ohio
United States
37.4F / 3C
Total Time = 51m 51s
Overall Rank = 2676/4797
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 169/224
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:10 AM, woke Trigirl10 up headed downstairs and got dressed. Grabbed a banana, clif bar and I can't recall what else.

Drove to the race site, had to stop off at my office for a minute to drop off some stuff. Got there at 6:30 AM, headed to the voluteer table and got sent off to hand out T-shirts to same day registrants.

Ok, this is what kills me. The race was 17 dollars IF you signed up by Oct 26th. It was 22 if you signed up by Nov 10th. And it was 25 if you signed up by the 21st. So how many people do you think walked in and paid a 30.00 registration fee for same day registartion? I am guessing it was well over 400. Now never mind that HAD they signed up early, they could have gotten the right shirt size. But NOOOOOO most of these late entrants were small/medium and the smallest shirts we had were larges (which we ran out of and had to start handing out XLs).

Headed to the bath room at 6:45 got that out of the way prior to the lines being huge.

I was still handing out t-shirts to the final fee racers, when they were getting ready to start the race. Walked outside and got to the race area, with 1-2 minutes to spare.
Event warmup:

None, nada first I was not racing, I was just running with my daughter.
  • 51m 51s
  • 5 miles
  • 10m 22s  min/mile

Started out at the back of the pack, and I didn't mean to. We got out of the building about 2 minutes prior to the race starting. The gun went off and we shuffled up to the start line, along with the 5K other people "running" this race.

Started out very easy, had to dodge ALL the idiots that can't figure out what pace they are WALKING. Yeah I need to line up in the FRONT since I will be walking. Let me think, I can walk a 8:00 minute mile... yeah I can do that. (Sorry, it just frustrated the heck out of me. These people do this every year, start way out front then walk 4-5-6 abreast.)

Temps were in the mid-high 30's, I was in shorts and daugher was in sweats. I was trying to push, and she "didn't think she could run a sub 50:00." She was crying and carring on about how fast I was going, but I was not going faster than she could handle. Well maybe I was, but not if she had actually run more than 1-2 times in the last month.

Nothing really happened the whole race. About the turn around point I was starting to pick it up just a little, and Trigirl10 was all upset because I was leaving her in the dust. I slowed down and told her to stop fussing, she could do it.

Mile 3.?? she tells me she HAS to pee, I am thinking and ask, can you wait until we finish in 13-15 minutes? She told me she couldn't wait. Thankfully there was an open gas station, we stopped. While I stood there and watched the 500-800 people pass me, and thought she got her way. She hadn't wanted to push, but she still "ran" the race faster, than she thought she could have.

Jogged with her until 200 yards from the end, then opened it up and sprinted the last 200 yards.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really since I had told my daughter I would run with her.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a banana, some cookies, and headed to get our clothes. Chatted with a few folks, but then headed to the car and home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Trigirl10's tiny bladder.

Event comments:

This is a very LARGE race, and I am sure it could be better. I really don't know how to convince the walkers to stay the heck out of the way. Maybe have several of them get run over.

It is pretty well run, and this year was the first time they made someone run over a timing mat at the half way point to make sure people were not cheating.

I was shocked to see several 7-10 year olds had run this in sub 45:00.

Last updated: 2007-09-16 12:00 AM
00:51:51 | 05 miles | 10m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 169/224
Overall: 2676/4797
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 10:16 - 153 Mile 2 - 9:46 - 143 Mile 3 - 10:19 - 128 Mile 4 - 12:10 - (Long pee break)- 121 Mile 5 - 9:21 - 129
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3