Moorestown X/C Turkey Trot 5k with Roy. We have been planning a run together for a while, and the other day, my cousin Frannie mentioned a Turkey Trot to benefit the Moorestown XC team on her facebook, so I thought we'd give it a go. It was very wet and muddy, and thankfully I remembered to wear my old running shoes. I forgot to pass my revelation on to Roy, though, and his good shoes got pretty muddy. Sorry, Roy.
I'm so glad Roy was able to come with me. He's a much better runner than I am, but he vowed to stay with me and help me through. I think he could have done much better if I wasn't there pulling him back, but he was a trooper. I started out feeling pretty good, my heart rate elevated quickly, and then kind of evened out. When we hit the first mile at 8:45, I was pretty happy. My only goal for the day was to finish under 30:00, as many of my training runs are in the 10-11 minute/mile pace. I decided to push for time, just to see where I stand. Around midway through mile 2, I started to get tired. The trail was tight, and it was hard to pass anybody. I got "stuck" behind a guy, which gave me some time to ease off and get back into breathing right. I didn't have it in me to speed past him, but when it opened up again, we went past and got back on our pace. We hit the 2 mile mark at 18:00 on the dot. I tend to break things up in my mind, so immediately, I told myself I'm doing well, and that I'm 2/3 of the way done. We had to go "out" a little more, then made the turn and I could see where the finish was. I tried to keep things smooth and steady, and as we made our way onto the track, I was pretty happy to be near the finish. The clock on the scoreboard showed 27:30, so I knew we'd have to pick it up to get in under 28. We sped up, and hit the finish line just at 27:59. After exchanging a high-5, I gave myself a few minutes of deep breathing before we could talk. I thanked Roy for his help...and I continue to thank him even now.
Somehow lost my heart rate information, but I remember the mileage breakdown.
Roy helped with pacing. I'm sure he could go faster, but today I'm thankful that he stuck by me and helped me through my first timed 5k in a LONG time.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.