Tuesday, November 30, 2010

race recap: turkey trot!

Back in 2008 I thought it would be nice if my family and I could participate in a Thanksgiving turkey trot race. I figured it could be a good opportunity for us to do an activity that wasn't eating or mocking one another. My older brother had just participated in his first 5k, my younger brother plays tennis for a division I school, my dad used to run marathons and my mom was.. well.. nevermind.. that we could do this 5 mile race. Big mistake, as you can imagine. To make a long story short, everyone complained the ENTIRE time, and my mom and younger brother ended up "accidentally" cheating and cutting TWO miles off of the race course. Moral of the story? Don't do races with my family.

So when I decided to sign up for the same turkey trot last week, I thought it best not to extend the invitation to my family. Well, actually I did, and they all laughed and said "remember how awful it was two years ago?!". My friend Meredith lives on Long Island and happens to be a pretty kickass runner and she agreed to run it with me. I woke up that morning feeling a little stressed. I always forget what a creature of habit I am when it comes to running. Before every long run or race I have the same thing: Teddie's natural peanut butter on whole wheat bread and then I sit in my underwear and drink my Dunkin Donuts coffee as I check my email. I couldn't do that in my parent's house because.. well, I just couldn't, and it stressed me out a bit.

So Meredith and I met up before the race, collected our t-shirts, took some pictures and headed out to the start line. We ended up starting a few minutes late and we were confused because we had timing chips but no start map, so I wasn't really sure of when to turn on my watch. The course it pretty unremarkable, just a five miler through the streets of Garden City, Long Island, but it was still fun. I didn't even think of my goal going into the race, but halfway through decided that I could easily get under 50 minutes.

I don't remember my splits perfectly but is it, give or take a few seconds:
Mile 1: 9:30
Mile 2: 9:30
Mile 3: 9:00
Mile 4: 10:00 (Not sure what happened here)
Mile 5: 9:30
Total: 47:30, 9:30min/mile pace.

I'm pretty pleased with my time. My time in 2008 was 52 minutes and change and I remember exerting a LOT of energy. I didn't feel gutted after this race, and I was able to run a solid 11+ miles with Dori just two days after. Guess I'm doing something right with this marathon training after all!

40 DTM (days until the marathon!!)


Unknown said...

Hahahaha. That sounds like something my family would do if I raced with them.

I am soooo proud of you! That's amazing! You are kicking ass and taking names (and looking fly as hell while doing it!) and you're only going up!

Love ya!

Mary McManus said...

You sure are J. You are gonna rock your 19 miles this weekend! There's a lot of lovin goin on in this blog .:)

Unknown said...

monica - they were.. challenging to say the least.. when it came to the race. i think a 5k distance would be better for them/us as a family. and THANK YOU! i'm feeling a little kick ass these days ;)

mary - i'm so nervous about the 19, but i have to keep telling myself that it's only .9 miles longer than two weeks ago, no big deal at all, right?! RIGHT!? riiight.