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Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run - Run5k

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Pinole, California
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 29m 56s
Overall Rank = 46/180
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/20
Pre-race routine:

Eating a banana and standing in the porta-potty line.
Event warmup:

Nothing, my only goals for this race being only 4 days after IMAZ:
1- Do not trip/fall on my face (this was a trail run)
2- Not walk (body and feet are still recovering)
  • 29m 56s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 37s  min/mile

When I signed up for this race a week before leaving for IMAZ, I figured I may have to walk this race or do a modified shuffle. I ran naked (no watch) probably a good thing as I really didn't want to pressure myself about pace and time.

The race starts on a nice downhill, I let tons of people fly by me. No problem, I'm out there to enjoy the day. Legs were feeling pretty good, but I could tell my heart rate was really elevated. I had my iPod and just listened to the music, concentrating on one foot in front of the other. By mile one I passed 3 girls of high school age....WALKING! Felt like yelling to them "I'm 2x your age and just finished an IM 4 days ago. If I can run a 5k, so can you!" But I remained quiet.

People were passing me, but I wound up re-passing them on the up-hills. I wasn't sure if I could run the hills or if it was a good idea to, but what the hell...let's race! I see more people walking, wished I was wearing a shirt saying "I completed an IM on Sunday, what did you do?" LOL!

Continued to pass more people on the down-hill and I can finally see the finish-line in the distance. I push the down-hill a bit more and finally hit the straight away and see 29:40 on the clock. I'm shocked that I can go sub 30 and sprint...crossing in 29:56!
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not do an IM 4 days before :)
Post race
Warm down:

I looked at the result and I placed 3rd in my AG!!!! I kept checking the results because I AM IN SHOCK! I have NEVER placed in my AG for any race! Last year my Turkey Trot was a PR of 26:39. This is my only race this year I did not PR, but I won an award, I am soooo pumped!!!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ummmm a little race called IMAZ :)

Event comments:

I had a great race! Even without my AG medal, going sub 30 during my recovery is pretty damn good :)

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Last updated: 2009-11-17 12:00 AM
00:29:56 | 03.11 miles | 09m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/20
Overall: 44/180
Performance: Good
Course: Trail run
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-11-26 4:13 PM

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Subject: Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run

2009-11-27 7:35 AM
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Robbinsville NJ
Subject: RE: Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run
You really are crazy running a race 4 days after IMAZ but that's why you rock plus now you're picking up hardware! There's no stopping you
2009-11-27 9:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run
You are nuts (in a good way)..congrats on racing well while still recovering and getting hardware!
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