This weekend B&B went to the Massapequa Park Turkey Trot and ran the 5k around the Massapequa Preserve. We ran with Team Peak, a team that Louise now coaches, and one that I started back in 2012. It was so special seeing old clients achieve their goals and to see my best friend carrying on what is now a Peak tradition! November weather is always a gamble but we lucked out and it was a beautiful day on Saturday– 54* and sunny! (Two years ago it was 32* and cloudy at the start – brrr). I have a love/hate relationship with the 5k distance – I love it because it is fun and short but I hate it because you are uncomfortable the entire race. Since I just ran the marathon 2 weeks ago I knew I wasn’t going to set any PRs, but I did want to run a smart race and to run a negative split. My goal was to run under 24 minutes and I wanted to feel strong running!
There was a group tailgate before the race with water, coffee, and snacks then we all headed to the race start. I tried to hit the restroom but the line was way too long with only 8 minutes until the start of the race. Al got to go since there wasn’t a line at the men’s room (of course). I lined up on the left side of the start line trying to keep the tangents in mind and then off we went. The first mile my goal was to run somewhere around a 7:50 and I ended up running a 7:44. I held that pace for the next half mile and then tried to pick it up just a little bit for a second mile pace of 7:32. At this point my mind is screaming at me how uncomfortable I am but I just try to keep pushing. There is also an old coworker that is running ahead of me so I set my sights on him. I keep telling myself that if I keep him close enough that I could catch him at the end. This is my favorite in race strategy when things get tough at the end and you are trying to hold on. My third mile ended up being a 7:32 as well and then I just gave it everything I had to the finish line. I unfortunately realized about 15 feet from the finish line that I was going to get sick and I just prayed I could get somewhere semi-private. At first I spied a tree but then I was able to make it over by the water. Whoops! This isn’t my first race that has ended in this fashion and I almost always feel nauseous at the end of a 5k – I said it was an uncomfortable pace!
The rest of the time was spent cheering on teammates and refueling with water and snacks. They did a great job with the post race celebration with music and treats including bagels, apples, bananas, chips & salsa, and more. Once everyone finished it was time for the awards. Several of our teammates took home awards and pies! Al and I both finished at the top of our age group so we won a turkey trophy and a pie! Guess what we are taking to Thanksgiving dinner 🙂
Overall, it was a great race and a beautiful day. However I will say one thing- man with the little dog on the leash – you suck. I saw you running ahead of me and I made a really conscious effort to make sure I didn’t trip over your dog or leash when I went for my finish line surge. But honestly I find it disrespectful and dangerous to put your tiny dog in this circumstance. The finish line of a race is already hectic and it could have ended badly.
Next up is the Garden City Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. If any of you will be there – let us know!!