Today marks the start of a new Thanksgiving tradition… I ran and finished the 2012 Dana Point Turkey Trot.
I’m always a little amazed how many people are up so early to go out for a run. I suppose it’s no big deal, but even when I visited Chicago and did a 4.5 mile run along the river, it was pouring rain and yet, dozens of runners were out there getting their miles in.
Rain or shine, when you’re a runner, you run. That’s all there is to it. I love that.
Anyway, the race was an easy one. I wasn’t looking to finish fast, but I did want to keep an eye on my pace and gauge where I’m at. To tell you the truth, I’ve been having a hard time pacing myself.
Here’s what my splits looked like for the Turkey Trot…
Time: 9:56 | Avg. Pace: 9’56″/mi
Time: 19:45 | Avg. Pace: 9’49″/mi
Time: 29:40 | Avg. Pace: 9’55″/mi
Time: 39:51 | Avg. Pace: 10’11″/mi
Time: 50:31 | Avg. Pace: 10’40″/mi
Time: 1:00:20 | Avg. Pace: 9’49″/mi
I thought that if I started slow, I’d have enough energy to finish fast. Instead, I felt like I hadn’t picked up any momentum throughout the race and I finished at about the same pace I started. That wasn’t good. And somewhere in mile #5 I felt some a strain in the area just above my achilles but below my calf. I later came to find that this is considered a soleus strain so now I have that to deal with.
For shorter races like this one, I think I’m just going to start strong as I often have even on my everyday runs. I can do my first to miles in under 8’30”. Mile 3 gets to be a little sluggish, but I always finish strong on mile 4 or 5.
I’m still trying to figure out what my running goals are, but this was a great way to kick-off Thanksgiving with the family!