Race Report: Turkey Dash 10K 2016
YMCA Turkey Dash 10K 2016
The Turkey Dash is a family tradition with my Mom and Stepdad to run at the local YMCA before we eat our weight in food. Most years I look at it as a place to PR and finish my season strong, however this year was a bit different.
Before each race I take about 2 days off, rest up the day before and eat certain things leading up to the race. This year I just wanted to run a negative split (progressive), feel really good and try running on tired legs. I am completely surprised! On Monday (11/21) I did a cycle class, Tuesday I did a super fartlek around 10.5 miles and Wednesday was a 7 mile recovery run.
Goal: Negative split under 43:00 minutes
Finish Time: 42:45
The weather was phenomenal with a nice temperature of 51 degrees, lots of sunshine and no wind. If I had been trained up for a short distance speed, it would have been a great time to PR.
My race prep was pretty basic for this event. After my Wednesday run I did a session of Cyrotherapy to help with the recovery process. I did have good dinner with grilled salmon and quinoa salad from Fish City Grill and went to bed around 9 pm. I woke up around 5:15 am to eat breakfast and didn’t have my usual Ezekiel bread with Chobani yogurt, but I still ate toast with greek yogurt and multi-grain Cheerios.
Usually right before the race I have a beet elite and a few energy chews. I decided to forgo these this time to see how I did with my hearty
Before the start of the race I ran about 2 miles to get a bit warmed-up so I wouldn’t start cold. I seeded myself in corral A, but towards the middle instead of the front. The gun went off and I started out slow watching dozens of people pass me and at least 20 girls take off in a dead sprint. At mile 2 I felt awesome and dropped pace a bit and heard people behind me breathing heavily (I was still breathing through my nose).
About 5 girls passed me and it was hard to let them go but I just told myself, “run for fun”. Finally mile 4 where I usually cramp up from going to fast, I decided to run for fun and wanted to just pass up as many people as possible. I felt awesome and chased down people right and left and made a huge sprint towards the end.
After this race I usually have to go find some place to die, but I had my heart rate under control within seconds of finishing and just walked around until the award ceremony. I placed 4th overall female and 2nd in my age group. I would have not won overall this year even if I had raced, but I would have placed 2nd overall with my times and good weather predictors.
Overall, I learned (1) I can run on tired legs (2) that I don’t need carbs right before the event and (3) I prefer to start slow and pick up speed no matter the distance.
Official Race Results: Click Here