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OKC Turkey Trot 5k RR - My first sub-30 (I'm a noob) (Read 396 times)

FlippyNoodle


Not a dude

    I posted in the "Suggestions" area about having a spot just for race reports because I didn't see much of that going on here, but someone else suggested that this is the appropriate place for that. I had posted this in the Runner's World group as I am one of the refugees and I would like to be part of this community as well. So here goes....and please, be gentle. I only started running this past April. Smile

    A couple of weeks ago my mom and I decided to sign up for this race and earn some bonus calories for Thanksgiving Day. Plus, it came with a participation medal, which I think is hilarious for a 5k. Who doesn't love a stupid, cheesy medal with a turkey on it??? Anyway, the race was just outside the OKC bombing memorial with the course in a loop around downtown and through some really pretty neighborhoods. It was windy and I am sure weather.com lied because it definitely didn't feel like 63 degrees out there. I learned my lesson from the half marathon when I was dressed too warm and I dressed in a tank top and running skirt. I was really, really cold initially, but was comfortable once I started my warm-up. Some folks were wearing turkey hats and a couple of guys were pretty much naked except for loin cloths with turkeys on them. Hopefully the wind didn't blow the wrong way. Wink

     

    Knowing that there were likely to be a lot of walkers in the field, I said goodbye to my mom and lined up pretty close to the front so I would have a better chance of not getting stuck behind one. Someone needed to wear some deodorant because they were absolutely foul-smelling. I remember there was this thread on RWOL about folks not using deodorant and stuff before races. I understand that you're just gonna get sweaty anyway, but man...have some consideration for other people who have to smell YOU plus 1400 other funky smelling mofos lined up at the start.

     

    I was just gonna jog this initially, but decided the day before that it was worth PRing since I figured it wouldn't take TOO much effort given that my old PR of 31:01 was really soft. However, I wasn't sure how hard I would be able to push since I had run a half marathon four days ago. I planned to go out at a pace of 9:35 and hold it because that would yield a sub-30 PR while still being somewhat conservative.

     

    Mile 1 -  9:12 - oops...a bit faster than planned, but still felt doable. I decided to try to stay at this pace.

     

    Mile 2 - 9:10 - getting tougher, but still felt doable

     

    Mile 3 - 9:48 - there was an unexpected hill and I was running straight into a pretty strong headwind. Those two things combined sapped the strength in my already worn out legs. I just couldn't make them turn over any faster with that wind.

     

    The last .1 - 59 seconds

     

    Total time: 29:10

     

    This 29:10 still isn't that great, but it put me in the top 25% of all females and within my AG. I'm still pretty much mediocre, but improving consistently. I can't ask for much more than that. I'm looking forward to my next 5k on December 8th. By then I will have fresh legs and I hope to go sub-28.


    Antipodean

      Congrats, Flippy. That's great improvement. I wonder how low you can get your time. When's your next race?

      Julie

       

      PRs:  1 mile  6:57  //  5k   24:12  //  5 mile  39:32*  //  10k   49.10*   //  Half  1:52:18

       

      * courses slightly short

       

      "It's not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves."

      ~ Sir Edmund Hillary

      FlippyNoodle


      Not a dude

        Another 5k December 8th.

          Nearly a 2 minute PR - nice!

            Congrats! Especially impressive to set a PR in a Turkey Trot--those things get crowded.

              Good job, I remember my first big-city 5K, I lined up a few hundred people further back than I should have.

               

              And I always love going out hard in a 5K that I think I can PB in but am not really trying to peak for.... might as well see how fast you can go. Go too fast, there's always another race. The constantly dropping PB is fun - especially when they come down fast in your first couple years running.

               

              Any chance of a public log? RA race reports usually involve post-mortem on training for the race as well - my favorite part of my own race reports, I've learned a lot from it. 

               

              Congrats, sounds like a great race!

              2013 Goal: Make 3:00:16 go away - FAIL.

              2014 Goal: Make 3:00:16 go away.

              FlippyNoodle


              Not a dude

                Sorry! I didn't realize my log was private. I just fixed it. Over the past couple of months I have just been running more miles in preparation for a half marathon. I will be starting a modified Pfitz half program in January. The less than 30 program isn't enough and the 30-50 program is too much, so I'm just going to add miles to peak at 40 or so. It will be exciting to see what I can do once I actually start doing speedwork.


                an amazing likeness

                  Based on what I see in your log, FlippyN, (with all the risks that come from such an at-a-glance input)...you're doing plenty of distance work for a good half marathon and running more days would offer the most improvement bang for your buck. Knocking out those 2-3 day breaks would be where I'd start.

                  Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless

                  FlippyNoodle


                  Not a dude

                    Thanks for your input! I finished my first half marathon in 2:15:56 last Sunday. I try to run 5 days a week, but sometimes it is hard to get out of bed before 5am. I might also take unscheduled rest days too often when something doesn't feel right, but I've been injured before and ended up with two full weeks off because I ran through it until I just couldn't anymore. I'm still learning the difference between pain you shouldn't run through and normal discomfort. I kind of did my own thing this training cycle and was just running easy miles with little real structure. Having an actual plan with varied types of workouts should help keep me focused. I think it's a lot easier to skip easy miles than it is to skip speedwork day. My goals for the next few months are to improve consistency, volume, and speed.
                    mab411


                    Proboscis Colossus

                      Good job!  I've really enjoyed the few turkey trots I've run.

                       

                      In fact, I believe I was running one at the exact same time as yours, over in Edmond.

                       

                      That wind really was something, wasn't it?  Sometimes I think if all the landowners in that region simultaneously plowed under the indigenous vegetation to make room for their wheat crops, the wind would blow the topsoil up and away in huge, economy-crippling dust storms that would barrel over the area for years, leaving only barren land and bitter heartbreak behind.  But probably not.

                      "God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people


                      Roadrunner's Apprentice

                        I remember the feeling the 1st time I broke 30 minutes.  Congrats!

                        2014 Goals:

                        - sub-26 5K : sub-56 10K : 1st half marathon

                        - Tell my excuses to shut up and lace up...


                        Hip Hip Hooray

                          Me too, I totally remember hitting the sub-30 5K - I ran without a watch so I really had NO idea until I hit the finish line.

                           

                          It's a great feeling to get under 30 - keep at it and you'll be doing a sub-26 min before you know it.  Smile