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Friday, November 28, 2008

Fort Worth Turkey Trot: I won my age group

I didn't know what kind of time I had in the tank before toeing the line for the Fort Worth Turkey Trot Thursday morning. A day earlier, I'd signed up to do both races: A 5K at 8 a.m. and a 10k at 9 a.m. I had heard there were hills on the 10k course, so my plan was to try to run the 5K as fast as I could then use the 10k as a way to get some miles in.

While warming up for the 5k, I felt really light on my feet and felt like I could get close to or maybe even beat my 5K PR of 21:01 set this past Oct. 18 at the Valley Ranch Pumpkin Dash in Irving. I could feel the energy in me waiting to explode as I waited for the gun to go off Thursday. 3...2....1.. and we were off.

Every 5K, I try to hold back the first mile, catch my breath, and then hold on. It never works. And it didn't work Thursday. It's like I was shot out of a cannon. This time, I just let my legs go as fast as they wanted to and worried about catching my breath later. I got to the half-mile mark just under 3 minutes and knew I'd need to slow down a little bit if I wanted to finish. Slowing down helped me catch my breath and my Mile 1 split ended up being 6:13. Mile 2 had a few little hills. I decided to hold back a little bit so I could have something in the end. My Mile 2 split was 6:24.

At this point, I didn't know if I could keep this pace up. My breathing was under control and my legs felt ok, but this was uncharted territory for me. I wondered if the bottom was going to fall out on me. But I decided to go for it on the last mile. Funny thing is I felt better as the race wore on. Near the end, I poured it on and my Mile 3 split wound up being 6:09, my fastest mile in this race, or in any other race for that matter. When I rounded the corner for the final 10th of a mile, I could see the clock had just hit 19:00. "Oh, shit," I thought, "I'm going to run this thing under 20." On adrenaline, I sprinted the final way and wound up with an official time of 19:25.

The race organizers were having problems posting the results, so I didn't learn until this morning that I'd WON MY AGE GROUP. Woo-hooooooo. I won my age group.

After the 5k, I was absolutely glowing. I'd knocked off about 90 seconds from my previous 5K pr in 40 days. 90 seconds in 40 days! I was on Cloud 9. I'd never run under 20 minutes in a 5k before. Hell, I'd never run under 21 minutes before. I just kind of stood around in disbelief. Some of my friends who were there asked me how I did. I'd tell them, and then they were in disbelief. How do you knock off 90 seconds from a 5K in just over a month? I guess its all of this marathon training.

Anyway, there was not a whole lot of time to celebrate because the 10k was coming up in a few minutes. At this point, I didn't care how fast I'd finish this race. So, I lined up in the middle of the pack for the gun-time start. And the first mile, still stiff from standing around, I basically jogged and got to the Mile 1 split in 8:13. At this point, I thought about stopping. Things still kind of hurt from my first race, but I soldiered on and in the middle of Mile 2, I started feeling better and clocked a split of 7:20. The first two miles, I had debated whether to run hard or not, but my stride was back and my lungs were okay and I decided to just go for it.

And guess what happened? I finished each of the final 5 miles in under 7:00, and my 6th mile was faster than any of my other miles. I wound up with an official 10k time of 44:25, ANOTHER PR. My previous 10k pr, run in Fort Worth last February, was 46:57. So, by more than three minutes, I'd bested my 10k time. Wonder what I could have run if my legs were fresh? 43:25? 42:00?

Here are the splits for each race

1 - 6:13
2 - 6:24
3 - 6:09
.12 - :41

1 - 8:13
2 - 7:20
3 - 6:57
4 - 6:49
5 - 6:54
6 - 6:37
.27 - 1:36


Anonymous Phil said...

Congratulations - those are great splits! With that kind of speed, a 3:30 marathon should be no problem at all. Are you thinking about changing your goal?

November 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

Congrats, you are getting very fast my friend. I can see the White Rock marathon being very afraid of you. With the speed your getting and the long runs you have had, I see a very good time in your near future.

November 28, 2008 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Ewen said...

That's fantastic Kevin. Sub-20 is fast running. To back up after a short rest and smash your 10k PB... I'm amazed. You're looking at 41 or better for a fresh 10k.

Your marathon could be very speedy. I'm thinking well under 3:30 now.

November 28, 2008 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Yay for you! Way to get faster and faster and faster! Nice PRs for both races-- and major congratulations for winning your age group! Hope you had a good T-day as well.

November 29, 2008 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous single mom seeking said...

You go Kevin!!

November 29, 2008 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger DawnB said...

that is so incredible, congratulations outstanding job, save some for the marathon!! :)

November 29, 2008 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Burger said...

Pretty amazing race day my friend. Way to go.

November 29, 2008 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

the only times when I have won my age group is when I am the only one in that group, has to be a pretty small race for my age group to be empty.
My marathon training never made me that you think it's the wine?
Congratulations, very impressive. More so the 10K on tired legs

November 30, 2008 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

Two P R's in one day. That's outstanding. And the sub 20 5k is really something.

December 1, 2008 at 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Eathan said...

Wow.. Great times. Congrats!

December 6, 2008 at 2:00 PM  

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