Happy Turkey Trot 2012

My favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday? The Turkey Trot!

Having a day off mid-week to run a race makes it a great day. This morning, Kevin and I ran the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10K in San Jose. The race is conveniently located in walking distance from our condo and the course winds around downtown San Jose. It's actually a huge event with about 20K people between the 5K and 10K.

This morning dawned rather cold for what we are used to, mid-40s, so I vetoed my original outfit plan (singlet, arm warmers, shorts) for capris and layered my Oiselle singlet with the stripey long sleeve. Good choice! I was super comfy and not too hot.

Obligatory Pre-Race Photo

I didn't go into the event expecting to even attempt my 10K race pace, but I felt great in the first mile and decided to go for it. I really never know how the day will go until I get a mile or so into the race. Here are today's splits, which I'm very pleased with!

Mile 1 - 9:08
Mile 2 - 9:29
Mile 3 - 9:12
Mile 4 - 9:05
Mile 5 - 9:06
Mile 6 - 8:39
Last 0.2 (0.33 by my watch) - 8:08
Total time on watch - 57:19
Average Pace - 9:04

Official time for 6.2 miles - 57:13

My current PR is on a course that seemed about 0.1 short, which would make this my real PR even though that time was a little faster. I never know what to do in those situations; let's just say I feel really good about today's race!

Last year there was a huge bottleneck at the finish line that delayed my finish by about 3 minutes, but this year they changed the start/finish and it completely took care of the issue. Great job by the race organizers! The course is well staffed with volunteers too. The shirts are pretty cute, similar to last year but different colors.

I'm liking the powder blue.

This afternoon we are headed to Thanksgiving dinner with a group of friends who, like us, are not living near family and didn't make the trip home for the holiday. I'm looking forward to dinner and the time off around the house for a couple of days. As much as I miss being with family, it's very nice not to travel during crazy times of year.

Happy Thanksgiving all!
  1. Great job!!

    I'm with you on the family thing. I haven't seen mine for Christmas or Thanksgiving in over five years. Air traveling (back to Michigan) is crazy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We go back to Ohio, so I totally feel your pain. It's really nice not to travel this year, although we will have family coming to us at Christmas!

      Delete
  2. Those are great splits! Especially for going into it relaxed and not even thinking of racing. And you're so lucky this is right by your house.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I feel so lucky to have so many events right here! Thanks!

      Delete
  3. Congrats on the PR!!! I love that you have a group of friends you can be with for the holiday when you aren't with family.

    Happy Thanksgiving

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving too, and thanks!

      Delete
  4. That is a cute race shirt! Sounds like fun!

    ReplyDelete
  5. How cool that your ran the Turkey Trot.
    My town has a 5K Gobble Wobble, but I was stuck walking it this year.
    I would much prefer a 10K as I like longer distances.
    Great run!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Abby! I love the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day!

      Delete
  6. Those shirts are way cute. I wish more races did long sleeve shirts - they're much needed! And I'm also very jealous that you can walk to so many race starts - that's so great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So many races here do LS, which is bizarre because it doesn't get very cold. I like them though. :)

      Delete
  7. With patch 1.0.7 coming soon, the price of cheap diablo 3 gold will definitely rise. Players are currently hurry to accumulate cheap diablo 3 gold . Now, a good news for all diablo iii players: Diablohome Free 100000K D3 Gold Giveaway for Newsletter Subscribers begins. Hurry to snap free diablo 3 gold.
    More tags : D3 Gold Diablo 3 Gold buy Diablo 3 Gold

    ReplyDelete

  8. There are many kinds of products in Our store, and we have MBT shoes such as mbt shoes. Converse with leisure cloth shoes such as all star converse,converses all star,
    all star converse. You can wear casual sneakers Nike go hiking,such as air max UK.There we go out and play casual hat such as cappelli new era, cap new era.Welcome to our shop the choose and buy.

    ReplyDelete

What are you thinking? Let me know!

Popular posts from this blog

  • As you may remember, I've been doing my best to follow the Hanson half marathon plan for the last couple of months with a race goal of the SF Half Marathon . The Hanson plans focus on building cumulative fatigue, and let me say right now I'm finding out how that works. My legs and body really feel it with every run at this point, and dare I say I haven't even run the plan to its fullest. There are quite a few things I love about the Hanson plans and also a few parts that have been very challenging for me. What I love. Training paces: The book outlines training paces based on your goal times. Although I initially thought they sounded too slow, I'm learning that keeping these paces isn't always as easy as it sounds once the legs are super tired. The paces start to make sense. Hard days versus easy days: They focus on hard effort days followed by easy effort days, meaning the hard days are really hard and the easy are really easy. I love this. I feel like I have
    Keep reading
  • This post is dedicated to a few friends who have recently started running or will be soon - they know who they are. And they ROCK! Running has done so much for my life, and I want people to know why I love it and to encourage others to stick with running too. The story of how I started is in the 'Why I Run' tab of this blog, but for this post I'm focused why I keep running. Here it is, not necessarily in order of importance. 1. Running relieves stress. When I feel anxious or have had a rough day, running always helps. I often can't wait until it's time to run that day, and sometimes I sneak out at lunch instead of waiting until after work. It makes me feel amazingly focused and happy for the rest of the day. I don't even run with music - I enjoy listening to my footsteps and freeing my mind in the great outdoors. 2. Running makes me happy. The runner's high is real, and I'm addicted. I love nothing more than feeling the exhausted-happiness I get af
    Keep reading
  • On Saturday, I ran the Lake Chabot Trail Half Marathon in Castro Valley, CA. It was my first Inside Trail Racing event, and I was very impressed with the race organization. I've been trail running for a few months now, but this is only my third trail race event; I love how much more laid back the races are and how everyone seems really into it. I know I am! Exploring new trails and parks is a fantastic way to spend a day. I didn't go into this race with specific goals, I wanted to run the hills as much as I could and use it as a hard training run. I ended up feeling really good, the weather was cool but sunny, and the lake views were pretty. This half didn't have as much elevation gain as many trail races and parts were on paved bike trail, so it was definitely easier than the other trail races I've done. The drive was only about 40 minutes from San Jose and I was there in plenty of time to get parking, pick up my race bib, and to chat with friends. I knew quite a f
    Keep reading