Thursday, December 5, 2013

Apple Valley Turkey Run 10k Recap

Wow. It is already December. I guess I should get around to posting my Apple Valley Turkey Run that took place last Saturday. Yes, I am doing a 10k race recap. I'm sure all you marathoners are laughing at me, but I'm still new at racing so deal with it. :)  I was really excited for this 10k because I haven't done one in a while and I knew that I would get a personal record (PR).

My goal for this race was to be under 55 minutes.

The course was fairly flat and had a few dirt road portions. Because of the rain we were having all of Thanksgiving week they had to change some of the dirt road portions so it wouldn't turn into a mud run. The changes actually made the course a perfect 6 miles instead of the 10k distance of 6.2 miles.

Mile 1 - 8:30 min/mile pace
I started off fast and was feeling good. I knew I would have to slow it down a little though.

Mile 2- 8:45 pace
Mile 3- 8:46 pace
Slowed down and felt surprisingly comfortable at this pace.

Mile 4 - 8:31 pace
Race was more than half over so I started to speed up and try to pass a few runners I had been following.

Mile 5 - 8:17 pace
I caught up with a young speedster, he must have been embarrassed that a fat old guy caught him so he picked up his pace and I hung on for as long as I could.

Mile 6 - 8:30 pace
Pushed the last mile but had no chance of passing anyone else.

Official finish time: 51:04
Place overall: 9 out of 34.
Age group: 2nd place

Projected time if it were full distance is 53:10 so I would have beat my goal.

I got 2nd 30-39 age group my Brother got 3rd in 20-29

I always look goofy. I really am not photogenic.

I had an awesome race. Especially the 2nd place in my age group. There was a 3rd place so I know there were at least 3 of us out there.

The great thing about local races in the community is that they usually are cheaper and they usually benefit the local area directly. So I recommend everyone to participate and support your local races.


  1. Great job! Beat your goal and got an age group award! I like small local races too. They have a different feel and can be a lot of fun.

    No worries, I recap all races no matter the length. :)

    1. Thanks EB. I missed the start of the Streak you are doing but I put it in my phone calendar for next year. I think I'm going to be evil and make the whole family do it. haha.