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Laurel Turkey Trot 5k - Run5k

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Laurel, Maryland
United States
Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services
36F / 2C
Total Time = 34m 32s
Overall Rank = 379/553
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 38/50
Pre-race routine:

I ran this race with my 10-year old daughter Zoe. We have done a few races where we've been in the same event, but we don't often take the opportunity to actually run together. I haven't run since my marathon last month; I've just been riding the trainer while trying to kick a chronic achilles problem. So I was in no hurry today.
Event warmup:

It was rather chilly at the start. We struggled to even get our numbers attached to our shirts, as our hands were too cold. We jogged around a little to try to generate some warmth.
  • 34m 32s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 06s  min/mile

Zoe and I set off at a steady pace. She has become better at not haring off. It was interesting for me to be running in a part of the pack that I wouldn't normally see. 10:00 for the first mile. The uphill in mile 2 was not welcomed by my companion. We did some walking, and Zoe complained of various ailments. 12:xx for mile 2. We walked less in mile 3 (11:xx), and Zoe put in a storming sprint finish that I could not keep up with. I was just happy to make it to the end without feeling hurt.

Zoe was hoping to get under 30 mins, and she has come close a couple of times in the past, but this was not the day for that. I was happy that we did the race together, but I don't know if it was actually the best situation for Zoe. Although she likes the idea of having Dad along for company, I think that she fares better when she's running with her friends. Having a parent along elicits less HTFU and more desire for sympathy; and running with somebody who is obviously not breaking a sweat may be more discouraging than helpful. I know we're supposed to say that it was a simply awesome bonding experience, but I'm not convinced that I was a positive presence.
Post race
Warm down:

Does drinking hot cocoa count?

I noticed that the OA 2nd placer was James Blackwood, whose name I recognized from BT, so I took the opportunity to meet up with somebody who I'd only met on-line before. He had won OA the past couple of years, and put in a solid performance to run 17:30.

Event comments:

A well-organized local event. Not the place to set a 5k PR, but a fun experience. The AG prizes are all locally-baked pies, so that's a nice perk if you're fast enough.

Last updated: 2012-11-22 12:00 AM
00:34:32 | 03.11 miles | 11m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 0/553
Course: Many twists and turns around creek-side trails and city streets. Downhill in mile 1, a moderate uphill in mile 2, then mostly down in the last mile.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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2012-11-22 9:59 AM

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