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TXU Energy Turkey Trot - Run10k

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Houston, Texas
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 43m 59s
Overall Rank = 154/2208
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 11/93
Pre-race routine:

Long drive into the city and I had to register, so I was up at 0450 and was first in line when they opened at 0600.

Drank a Power Edge and ate a protein bar while driving in.

Sat in the truck chilling to the music and watching the sun rise. A run race is easy; no wetsuit, no bike, etc. to deal with. Just go to the portacan and you're ready.
Event warmup:

Ran about 2 miles at easy pace. I wanted to be sweating at the start and it was easy to do with warm temps and 100% humidity.

They were also doing a 5K run, a fun run, a walk, and a kid's race, so there were thousands of people there.
  • 43m 59s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 05s  min/mile

Had 2-1/2 goals: Be sub-45, break into the top 10 in the AG, be close to 43 minutes. If I had a really good run and some of the fast guys stayed home, I might be near the top 5. Maybe the run-fairy would sprinkle pixie dust in my shoes during the night...

Mile 1 = 6:32 Started about 3 rows back from the line, went out fast to beat the crowd and get clear space.

Mile 2 = 6:46 Stayed fast and fantasized about a sub-43, but knew I couldn't hold this pace.

Mile 3 = 7:05 Worked at going slower while trying not to slow down.

Mile 4 = 7:12 Started to fade a little, really had to harden up.

Mile 5 = 7:10 Hit the breathing and stride rhythym and feeling good.

Mile 6 = 7:08 Sped up a little, it's starting to hurt some now and I want it to be done.

Mile .2 = 2:06 Burn what's left to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Ran as hard as I could.

Had a good race and met my main goal of being sub-45. The top 10 didn't happen, but I PR'd by 1:30 over my previous stand-alone 10K and confirmed that my run training and fitness is working OK.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, drank some water, and ate some food. Cleaned up and drove home and later ate a big meal at a friends' home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm a 7m/mile runner and that's just the way it is.

Event comments:

My new company is a sponsor of this race and I received a free registration. It is a big-city race and has been going on for years. Lots of support and volunteers.

Last updated: 2008-11-25 12:00 AM
00:43:59 | 06.2 miles | 07m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/93
Overall: 154/2208
Performance: Good
Course: Closed off roads in city. FLAT & fast.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-11-30 10:04 AM

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Waller County, TX
Subject: TXU Energy Turkey Trot

2008-12-01 2:16 PM
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Round Rock, Texas
Subject: RE: TXU Energy Turkey Trot
Great job, there is nothing wrong with running a 7 minute mile  Way to go after it!
2008-12-01 2:44 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: TXU Energy Turkey Trot
Way to go, Jim!

That's pretty dang speedy!
2008-12-02 8:49 AM
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Subject: RE: TXU Energy Turkey Trot
What a great race. You should be proud. I can only imagine running that fast. Keep up the efforts. You're gearing up with this run base to having a wonderful 2009 tri season.
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