Dana Point Turkey Trot 10k Race Recap

WORKOUT – Ran (total) 13.1 miles/1:40 mins

10k race/44:11 official

Let me just say that I hate running 10k’s because you have to run too dang fast.  Give me a half or a full any day.  I just can’t keep up with those speedy 10kers.

The last 10k I ran was the Newport Beach Spirit 10k in March 2009.  I ran it with  good friend Nina; it was her first 10k ever and we finished in 58:19.

So it’s been a year and a half since I’ve ran a 10k and I wanted to keep that streak going, but the Dana Point Turkey Trot’s practically in my backyard and I love running in that area so I signed up.  Plus, I figured I’d run more miles to justify my slow time.

This morning was cold, like way too cold for wimpy Californians like me.

I wore tights and long sleeves but ended up being way too warm.

I didn’t bring my camera with me because I knew I’d barely be able to breathe for 6 fast miles let alone take pictures.

I got there around 6:30am for a 7am start and purposely parked far away so I could run a little as a warm up.  And I wanted to get in those extra miles; that was my main goal for the day.

I ran to the start (1.3 miles/11 mins) and just jumped into the corral not paying attention to where I was.

Had a chocolate Heart Thrive around 6:30am.  Chocolate may be my fav flav.

The problem with not running short races, besides the whole dying thing, is pacing.  How the heck do I pace myself for such a short race?

So I start and am way too far back.  Nice move, SR.  For the first mile I’m weaving so much I ended up with a basket.  But then I got into a groove and went at it.  The first 5 miles felt really easy and then suddenly, I was dying.  like the race couldn’t end fast enough. like I thought I’d throw up.

I finished in 44:11, 7:07 pace.  302 out of 4005, 53rd woman out of 2209, 11th in my age division out of 378.

I was hoping to have the average pace be sub 7 minutes, but I’m also hoping for a unicorn and rainbow.

After the race, I kept going, and with the 10k, did 11.8 miles/1:29 so the total for the day was 13.1 miles/1:40 mins.  Yes!  I can eat more now!!

I ran this race 2 years ago in 50:19 so I suppose that’s improvement.

I’ve got to go practice my dance moves in case my second career as a Radio City Rockette ever pans out.

*I was informed by a reader that I wasn’t 1st or 2nd in the Fishbowl Half last weekend or even close to it; I didn’t see anyone in front of us during the multiple loops so I wrongly assumed the other guy and I were in the front.  I rescind all claims of awesomeness on my part.  just this once.

And I’ll double check official results for this race so I’m not a liar anymore.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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