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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.