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Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
40F / 4C
Total Time = 41m 25s
Overall Rank = 432/3100
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 9/93
Pre-race routine:

I got up at 6:00, had cereal for breakfast, foregoing my usual banana because I knew there would be some at the race site if I wanted one. I left for the race site at 7:00 and was parked by 7:25. It was drizzling so I sat in the car until 7:30 and then walked over to the race start area. The race is hosted by Ridgewood Shopping Center which is anchored by Whole Foods (good post race coffee opportunity!). Since it was spitting cold rain, all of the runners were huddled under the shopping center overhangs. It was kind of funny to see the parking practically empty which it is normally teaming with runners! I made use of the port-o-pot and then huddled with the other runners. At 7:50, they announced that it was time to head to the starting line on Ridge Road.
Event warmup:

When they announced that we should head to the start, I did a jog around the parking lot and some dynamic stretches, getting in about five minutes of warm up before five minutes of standing and then the run.
  • 41m 25s
  • 8 kms
  • 05m 11s  min/km

Chilly for the first mile but even as we were running, the sky was clearing a bit. At this event, everyone seems to take the first mile too fast -- excited to work off the turkey before eating it but also it's slightly downhill on the way out.

We entered a hilly neighborhood just before the second mile marker and we stayed there for a mile or so. I tried to stick with the runners in around me going up the hills and that went pretty well considering my lack of hill work.
What would you do differently?:

Not dislocate my shoulder in September, resulting in surgery and a lot of time away from running.
Post race
Warm down:

I went into Whole Foods and got a cup of coffee!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injury, resulting in lack of training. This was only my third outdoor fourth outdoor run since my injury. I was released to run/walk on November 6th. I did four run/walk workouts and then five runs (four outdoors) and then this event.

Event comments:

This is a great race. It is and MS fundraising event and it sells out each year. There were 3100 entries this year in two classes (competitive where you get a long sleeve performance shirt and timing chip and recreation where you get a cotton t shirt and no timing chip). There is also a kids mile and a kids dash as well as custom division and best hat.

This was my seventh straight Ridgewood Turkey Trot. I look forward to doing it again next year!

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Last updated: 2014-11-12 12:00 AM
00:41:25 | 08 kms | 05m 11s  min/km
Age Group: 9/93
Overall: 93/3100
Performance: Good
Course: Down Ridge Road, right on Glen Eden for a hilly loop through neighborhood, back on Ridge Road
Keeping cool Good 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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-11-30 4:14 PM

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Raleigh, NC area
Subject: Ridgewood Turkey Trot

2014-12-01 10:15 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Thank you for doing this race again this year!! Great job.

2014-12-01 3:48 PM
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Excellent race, Janyne the comeback queen!  Seriously, to have just recently been cleared to run post-surgery, well, one wouldn't know it by your speedy results!  You are a solid athlete and it's very good to see you back in action, congrats!

2014-12-01 5:38 PM
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Denver, CO
Subject: RE: Ridgewood Turkey Trot

Super job on this race, Janyne!!  From the picture, it looks like you're getting pretty decent range of motion on that shoulder of yours and you were obviously cooking right along.  So cool that the race is such a success too.  What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving!!

2014-12-01 8:30 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Super race on such limited post injury running!!


Great cause too 

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