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Tremonton Turkey Trot 5k

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Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 74.00 Year: 609.50
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K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Race: Tremonton Turkey Trot 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:20, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

this morning i ran the tremonton turkey trot 5k, and it was a gem. i would have never known about this race had it not been for scott -- he raved about the flat (and accurate) course, the $1 entry fee, and of course, the turkeys.

about that $1 entry fee, they weren't kidding. i walked up to the table to register and handed them my $1 bill. "it's a dollar to enter, correct?" "yes, one dollar please." i was stunned. they gave me my "bib" number, which was actually a sticker that said my name and age. i am already enjoying the simplicity. then they told me to grab a shirt. so generous! $1 entry fee with a shirt. scott was right, this is one of the best deals around.

shortly after registering, i saw scott and karen. scott and i ran the course to warm-up and note the turns. the course was great. it was a perfectly flat loop with no traffic, and all of the turns were clearly marked. we took a quick bathroom stop in what i believe was the tremonton police department building. it was in here that i ran into the amazing melody. the morning just keeps getting better.

the weather was perfect for racing. yes, it was cold, but the sun was out, the sky was clear, and there was no wind. i had pictured us running through an icy tundra with eye-cutting snow pellets and a biting wind. my apologies for not thinking more highly of tremonton. it's a lovely city that really knows how to put on a successful "no frills" 5k.

we lined up at the start, and after some brief instructions from the RD and a "ready, set, go!" we were off. one guy immediately jumped out in front, with scott and i running just behind him. he went out fast. and so did scott. i didn' know exactly how fast we were going, but i knew it wasn't sustainable for me. i fell back from scott almost immediately, although i did stay fairly close to him for about a mile. he was being kind and encouraging me to stay with him, but i knew i could not. he went through the first mile in 5:30, and based on my position behind him, i would guess my mile split was 5:37-5:40. way too fast for me. i was already contorting my face and making awful wheezing noises.

mile two was rough. i was having trouble getting my legs to turnover, and scott and the other guy were putting a major gap on me. i slowed significantly in this mile. i didn't wear a watch, so i don't have my splits, but i would assume this mile was close to 6:00.

more of the same in mile three. i was coughing and wheezing and sporting a 5k grimace and a runny nose. i eventually made it to the final turn, and the finish line was closer than i thought. thankful for that. i looked for the finish clock but couldn't see it anywhere. looking. looking. there it is! but the sun was glaring on the numbers and i couldn't read it. i finally got a glimpse of the time just as i crossed the line. 18:20. 

i cooled down with melody and scott while we waited for the 1 mile kid's race to finish. then it was time for the awards: turkeys. hefty ones. 17.69 pounds, to be exact. i will be donating it to my grandma for thanksgiving dinner.

it was a lot of fun seeing scott, karen and melody today -- it made the whole trip worth it regardless of the race outcome. but overall i am happy with the race. the 18:20 is a PR on a normal and accurate course. i can smell the sub-18 wafting from the oven, but i am too far away from the dinner table and will not be tasting it any time soon. next year, maybe.

Nike Free II Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
From JD on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 18:55:43 from

"sporting a 5k grimace" haha! I love it. Great job on another PR/win and substantial turkey!

From Dan on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 19:00:48 from

I was going to say great race, and it was, but NICE TURKEY! Gotta love that. You owe me a dollar.

From Oreo on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 19:04:30 from

Love it.. Great win(fall) all for a buck. Great job!!

From jun on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 19:05:48 from

wow, talk about a steal of a race. that sounds just awesome. congrats on the win and a new PR.

From JulieC on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 19:07:07 from

They should have presented you with a 18.2 pound turkey : D Or perhaps that Turkey was fortelling the future for next weeks 5k...18:09? 17: plus 60 plus 9. I am way too into numbers. WAY TO GO ALLIE. Seriously 5:40 mile is making me think I would need CPR at the roadside right then and there. You are amazingly fast. : D

From Chad Robinson on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 19:11:26 from

Nice race. Those 5:47's are tough to get. Maybe a nice spring 5k will do the trick. I thought Scott was supposed to pace you - what's the deal.

From catherine on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 19:25:16 from

Great job! And congratulations on the turkey. :)

From Burt on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 19:27:54 from

Ready for some brutal honesty? I could have stayed with you on that 2nd mile. That can't be a good feeling. Actually, I take this comment back. I don't want 1000 emails in my inbox. Pretend I was never here. That should keep my inbox clean.

From Merri on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 23:08:59 from

Very nice job Allie! Your grandma is so lucky to get that almost 18 lbs turkey. I believe that's what burt was when he was 18 lb turkey.

From Jason McK on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 23:20:12 from

PRs are nice and turkeys are edible! What a great day!

From seeaprilrun on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 23:26:06 from

Sounds like an awesome race. Congratulations on the PR! I smell a lot of things wafting from the oven for next year!

From Lily on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 23:31:56 from

Nice my friend! I smell a springtime sub 18 for you. But let's just plan on doing it together shall we? mmmmkay

From nicole on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 23:51:58 from

A PR, a huge turkey, and a shirt, all for only $1? AWESOME DEAL!

From Fritz on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 23:56:02 from

Nice work on nearing that 18 mark. Maybe Tremonton set up the $1 5k because they wanted to be known for something more than corn and a Malt-O-Meal factory.

From Carina on Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 23:58:32 from

Wow!! Way to rock that race! Love the detailed race report :)

From Kelli on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 01:10:38 from

Love the report, especially that last paragraph!! And the 5k grimace with the runny nose to boot! I so hate 5k's, everyone should be grimacing.

Nicely done, glad you got the bang for your buck!!!!

From Smooth on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 01:21:48 from

you have no idea how awesome and how very very funny & quick wit you are!!! :) I love your report! WAY to win that turkey for your buck, a contorting face and few wheezes! HA! :D

From Nancy on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 06:05:46 from

Great race and all for$1, a Turkey, a shirt and a 5K grimace. I can't even imagine running that fast. I always love reading your race reports. Have you thought about writing a book?

From ChrisM on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 06:11:37 from

good job on the win

bargain for $1!

From JulieC on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 09:06:11 from

btw I just had to ask my husband where Tremonton was. Sorry. But at least I thought it was somewhere near Bountiful.

From runningafterbabies on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 09:41:24 from

Funny, I never even noticed the time clock. I applaud your effort and I know the sub-18 is in your NEAR future. In fact I would like to ask you to pace me to a sub-18 at the next Tremonton Turkey Trot. Deal?

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 10:32:16 from

Congrats on the "true" PR! So, um, wheezing and face contortions aren't normal in a 5K?....

From Bonnie on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 11:56:47 from

Great job allie!! awesomely fun race at a great price!

From Teena Marie on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 11:57:23 from


A huge congrats on the PR!!!

Please tell me that you are printing out your race reports and putting them in some sort of journal. THEY ARE AWESOME and would be a priceless treasure for your future kiddoes!!! :) :) :)

(Seriously ... although I am horrible about keeping my own journal, I LOVE collecting stories of my loved ones (esp. parents and grandparents), typing them out and then reading them over and over and over. Your stories, writing style, wit and charm are amazing!! It would be tragic if they were not preserved in hardcopy, imho.)

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 12:46:26 from

great race, nice PR, fun times! we do indeed need to make this an annual event, and recruit some more bloggers as well. Next year I won't run that first mile at 5:30, I promise :-)really...

well, maybe I will see you in Farmington if you can make it?

From auntieem on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 12:57:01 from

I don't think that 25 seconds is all that far from the dinner table (the sub 18 one, that is)! Great race, terrific and funny report, glad to hear the grimace and snot are "normal". I sometimes feel that I could have a bit tidier appearance after a 5K, but maybe that is just too much to ask! Congratulations, and enjoy the turkey.

From rAtTLeTrAp on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 13:18:23 from

Great report! Congrats on another PR!

From Paul on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 14:58:27 from

Enjoy the turkey and the 18:20.

From JulieC on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 17:37:58 from

are you only counting PRs for this year? or are you not counting "aided" courses like strawberry days? I seem to recall you getting just over two minutes ahead of me when I got a 20:04 there in 2009, that would give you just under 18 minutes. Okay so the first mile is with wings so I guess it is sooooo not an honest course.

From PRE on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 18:12:54 from

Congratulations on the PR. You ran this race in 18:20 and your previous PR was 18:24 I believe.

You will go sub-18!!!

And for a buck.

Now that is a race to remember!

From AmberG on Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 23:42:49 from

Congrats on a PR ALLIE! I'm so proud of you, , ,and I bet your Grandma is so happy to have a winning Turkey at her table. . . . I'd say that sub-18 is lingering sooner than you think!

From Scott Wesemann on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 00:05:32 from

Saweeeet race Allie! Congrats on first place (that was a given ;) ) and the PR. That sounds like a great race, especially for a buck.

From allie on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 01:41:19 from

dan - your dollar is in the mail. and the mayor says hi.

burt - honestly.

julie - i did run a 17:59 last year at strawberry days, but as you said, that first mile is cheating (although very fun)

all - thanks. i very much appreciate your comments. i have been frustrated with the 5k all year, but that is my own fault for not having any patience with it and for going after times that were probably unrealistic given my current fitness and training. i am happy with the progress (albeit very small) and hope i can continue in the right direction with it next year. if nothing else, i have been able to experience some seriously fun [crazy, dangerous, expensive, inexpensive, short, long] 5k's this year. tremonton was the best of them all. just 32 cents/mile! it's a winner.

From flatlander on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 10:01:50 from

Loved the report, and congratulations as always.

From Tom on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 10:47:14 from

Congrats on the PR! I think sub-18 will come real soon.

From peaks on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 14:59:14 from

congrats on the PR Allie! nice

From Nan on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 21:28:01 from

Nice report and congrats on the honest PR!! I think I smell sub-18 cooking in your legs ready to be enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day!! Scott, Aaron, Me, you...anyone else want to join in on the fun?

From RAD on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 15:29:41 from

32 cents per mile? WOW it's cheaper than gasoline :)

Nice work Allie! You are doing a great job with your push and goals, that sub 18 probably got missed because of the bitter cold you had to endure! As long as the snot didn't freeze it was probably good :)

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