Monday, March 17, 2008

3/16 Sparks Top o' the Morning 5k

My first 5k. For some reason, I'd never done this distance. Running for me always used to be challenging myself to go longer distances, and 5ks are much more about time. How fast you can push yourself for a shorter distance. Anyway, this was a fun little one to do, although a) it was under 40 degrees when we ran, and b) the course was a little short: 3 miles instead of 3.1.



My friend Chris and his wife Abby picked me up early, and we headed out to the Marina. Got registered, then tried to figure out the course map. It was drawn really strangely; it was hard to tell which lines were on which streets. So, for a warmup, we trotted out to the confusing part of the course to scout it out. Got back to the start in time for a sip of water and little stretch before the start.

They got us off right on time, and we started pretty quickly. I was kind of surprised to only see a few people out in front of me. I think I pretty much held my place, passing a few people and getting passed by others. Chris was way out in front; I'm curious to see the results to see how much he won by. I pushed it a little right at the end, but couldn't quite make it under 20 minutes. Finished in 20:20. For a 3 mile course, that works out to a 6:46 pace. So, overall just slightly faster than what I want to run the half marathon in. Still got some work to do...

Results: 10th overall, 2nd in my age. Pretty happy with that...

5 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

Awesome, awesome! I wish I could have done this race with you! And talk about COLD yesterday! Cool beans for you, and for Chris for doing so well. :) And I love your new header picture for this running blog- very appropriate, a photo from your TRT run.

Anonymous said...

I don't suppose you wore your Turkey Trop shirt?

Anonymous said...

I don't think you have a whole lot of work to do to reach your half goal. Remember, the day before the 5k you did a pretty hard, longer run, so for the BIG race, you'll be in slightly better shape, but also more recovered from an easy week of training beforehand. Keep up the good work, eh!
Chris

Turi said...

Thanks, Chris. Makes me feel good about the training...

Anonymous said...

Your the guy we were yelling "SOB" to as you crossed the finish line as my team were ready for a 15minute music break, but had a mile to go.
Nice job!!