Our Turkey Trots seem to escalate a bit every year, and it started when I first started dating Mike. The first year I ever did a turkey trot was in 2007, and I did a neighborhood 5K in Glenview, at the same event Mike had run since high school. When we did our Thanksgiving at my parents house (2008?), it was a 10K because that was the closest we could find.
Well, last year we were in marathon training mode, and it became a half marathon turkey trot. And of course we couldn’t back down this year!
So Saturday I ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon for the second time. Last year I PR’ed, and this year kicked my butt.
Overall, it’s a well-run race and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. A bunch of friends also showed up, so it was a win!
- In getting back into training post-IMLOU, I’d run 10.5 miles as my longest distance.
- I felt great on this race (i.e. exceeding my goal of keeping at a 10:20 pace)… until mile 10.5 when my right leg decided not play well any more.
- I saw Amanda (!) and we ran together for a while.
- Caffeinated gel before the start (15 minutes), at mile 3.75, and mile 10 — should have kept this at 8.25 as I’d originally planned.
- We did not see any elk this year
- When I was suffering, Amanda offered me pickle juice! It was weird but good.
- What I thought was a cramp was an overall tight hamstring (and ITB).
- I tried to suffer through and keep moving
- There was a girl in an Ironman sweatshirt. I didn’t want her to get too far ahead of me. I think I beat her.
- I didn’t like the run finishing on grass, but they made up for it with hot apple cider at the end.
- Miles 1-4: 9:27, 9:52, 10:03, 10:36
- Miles 5-9: 10:14, 10:24, 10:07, 10:28, 10:28
- Miles 10-13.1: 11:19, 11:08, 12:13, 10:47, 1:01
Lesson learned: It really pays to train! My half-assing of training, and getting tired of doing the longer runs did not pay off. My endurance from Ironman training does not last 3 months.
FINAL TIME: 2:19:42
AVERAGE PACE: 10:40
NEXT RACE: New Year’s Day 5K, 1.1.2015