Friday, November 23, 2012

Evanston Flying Turkey 5K - November 22, 2012

Yesterday I ran in the 2nd annual Evanston Flying Turkey 5K.

It was a beautiful sunny day, and while it was a little bit windy, the temperature was close to 60.

My time was 23:45, which was 1:15 slower than the 5K I ran last month in Highland Park. I think it was so cold at that last race, that I ran faster just to get it over with. Yesterday I enjoyed the run more. Also there were 1,900 runners yesterday so a few more obstacles to run around.

I’m sure, given more time, I could come up with better excuses. I did, however, follow Heather’s instructions (she’s my coach; the one on the right in the picture below) to go out slow. I just forgot the part about finishing faster. My mile splits were 7:30, 7:35, 7:32.

I finished 3rd in my age group out of 33 and 238 out of 1,827 finishers.

If I had kept up with Pam and Paul (also pictured below) I would have come closer to my secret goal of 22 minutes.

Paul's son,  Paul Hoban (runner), Pam Rashid (the real runner), Heather Collins (the coach)