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Turkey Stuffer 5K

Post by EugeneRunner on Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:27 pm

After very limited running for over 2 years due to a pair of foot surgeries, I attempted a return to semi-serious racing in a Halloween race but I took a wrong turn.  So I decided to race again on Thanksgiving to get an idea of where my training is at.

Based on recent workouts I figured 17:20 would be okay, 17:10 good, and cracking 17:00 would take a great race on an ideal day.  Normally I sandbag my predictions a bit, but I really wanted to go sub 17 so I decided to be really aggressive and go for it.  My running buddies who knew my heart and surgery history mostly didn't expect me to go under 20 minutes in my first race back.

My main rival in my age group told me he was going for 16:50.  But then he decided he wasn't up for a battle with me right now and he backed out of the race.  But with 1,200 people I figured I would still have plenty of people to chase.

Conditions weren't ideal, with rain and lots of slick leaves on the road.  But that turned out not to bother me once I got racing.  There were several full-time pro runners in the race, and a pretty big pack dropped me right from the start.  I started really fast, but it still took me a half mile to catch the lead women.  I settled in with 2 other guys just ahead of the women.  I knew one of them well, and he has run 15:19 this year, so I knew I was hauling compared to goal pace.  The mile marker was on the wrong corner, so I had no idea how fast we were going.  By half way, our little chase group broke apart, and I found myself running solo and struggling to hold form as I began to fall back.  I hit 2 miles in a blistering 10:39, but I wasn't sure if that was accurate.  

I ran alone until 1/4 mile to go when a guy I ran with in the first mile went rolling past me.  I have the worst kick, but I was surprised to have more in the tank than I thought I did (the result of no recent racing experience to judge effort from) so I was able to chase him.  I had a strong finish and came right up on him at the finish.  He was just ahead at the first timing mat, but I was ahead by the 3rd mat and the chip timing actually gave me the spot - 11th overall.

My final time was 16:27, which is a huge time for me given where I'm at with my training.  Only 7 seconds behind me was 2 time NCAA champion Charlotte Browning from England.

I'm now excited to do more racing, but unfortunately races are hard to find this time of the year.  So I just need to try to keep up the training through the holidays to be ready for the spring.


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Re: Turkey Stuffer 5K

Post by twal on Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:00 pm

Wow!

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Re: Turkey Stuffer 5K

Post by echoguy on Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:22 am

I'm with twal on this one...Wow!!

Isn't is sweet when the work and patience to overcome injuries pays off? Congrats on a great race.

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Post by Bean Counter on Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:25 pm

Awesome!
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Re: Turkey Stuffer 5K

Post by Dave Tuttle on Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:19 pm

Fantastic race EugeneRunner!!! I love following those of you that have managed to do so well in spite of a heart issue.

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Re: Turkey Stuffer 5K

Post by Gary E on Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:28 pm

C, you are amazing! Great report from a truly outstanding runner...and that is without consideration of your so-called "heart condition".

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Re: Turkey Stuffer 5K

Post by Rachel August on Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:27 am

Amazing - simply amazing!!!!!

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