Steve and I have a semi-tradition of running the Flemington Turkey Trot each year. I realize that if it is "semi" then it really isn't a tradition, but oh well. Mike Mozer also joined in on the semi-tradition and rounded out our "Blood, Sweat, and Beers" team.
It's been a long time since I've run this race seriously since it's often right after a major race (Philly Marathon or JFK 50). For that matter, it's been a very long time since I've run any 5K seriously. But over the last few weeks, I've been running some surprisingly good speed workouts, so I decided to go for it.
My legs were still a little sore from running the Philly Marathon with dad 4 days before and doing a workout of 800s two days before. I felt pretty good all considering, though.
The gun went off, and the first mile went by quickly, as it always does. I was running very fast for me, but the pace felt sustainable. I hit the first mile in 5:32. I tried to stay relaxed and in control while still pushing the pace in the second mile. I didn't get an exact split for this mile, but I think it was around 5:45.
I was hurting in the last mile since I'm really not used to running this pace, but I know sub 18 and a big PR was in the bag. I hung on and finished in 17:48. That knocked out a long time goal of going sub 18 and was a 16 second PR. Also was good for 36th place out of over 5,500 runners. Woohooo!!!
So I guess even slow ultramarathoners like me can run fast sometimes. This also made me think how fast I can actually go for 5K. Maybe I'll give it a real go again someday.
Running has continued going well since the Turkey Trot. On Sunday I went for a long run on my favorite 25 mile loop (I mean who doesn't have a favorite 25 mile loop). I was feeling good and decided to run an extra 1.2 miles for hahas. Ran it in 3:15, which was surprisingly good for me.
I've been feeling awfully good recently, so hopefully I can keep it up and throw down some good performances this winter.