OK, so I wanted to get this posted up. I just completed my first 5K event. The
Krogh’s Turkey Trot 5K, Sparta New Jersey: Results: 33:48 chip time
First and foremost I want to thank my wife for supporting me in this, with out her love and support, I would not be able to accomplish most of my crazy endeavors. We went to the pasta dinner/package pickup the night before.. Probably will not do that again, as a scoop of pasta and 2 small pieces of bread left me more famished than full. But the excitement of picking up my first race bib was incredible. Thankfully they had a display on how to attach the bib, as I really wasn’t sure what or how to attach. With the timing chip antennae in the back of it, they stressed not to bend it, or puncture it. Needless to say it wasn’t rocket science, but was glad to have the information.
It was a very cold day, starting off at 26 degrees when my wife and I left the house. Being a member of the zipper club I have been on blood thinners since 2003. I have a mechanical valve which I can hear ticking, and have to be careful not to push it too much. Every winter it takes me awhile to get used to the cold again. We parked about a 1/2 mile from the start of the race. Not knowing what to expect, we arrived about an hour early. Thankfully my wife had picked me up some running tights and a long sleeve dry-wick shirt w/Thumb holes. It was quite cold.. Did I mention that? There was a lot of activity in the area, local businesses opened to provide food & hot drinks, other businesses setup booths and gave out items such as Hand Warmers (which I grabbed a pack of and opened them right away). After walking around a bit and taking it all in, we went into The Boardwalk at Lake Mohawk to warm up a bit, did I mention it was cold. I wanted to see the 1 mile fun run, so we headed out to watch the start of it. It really got me going, they even had a starter pistol. I don’t know if that is normal, but it was a first for me. It was cute seeing the younger kids running off, and coming back. There were quite a few adults running with them too.
Being this was my first 5K, I lined up about 3/4 of the way back, hoping for a 35 minute or better time, and researching times from last year, I figured that was a safe bet. They stated that the time was based off of when you past the start line, not based on the gun time. I found out later, that they placed people based on gun time, not chip time. It took me almost 3.5 minutes to get to the start. I run based on my heart rate, and it was quickly up to 180 bpm on my heart monitor. I didn’t quite believe it, since I couldn’t feel my heart beating at that pace, So I pushed on. I tried some controlled breathing techniques which brought my heart rate back into the 160’s. That is when I slowed it down. After a minute of running slower, it still wasn’t below the 150 mark, which is what I shoot to keep it under. So I walked for a minute and 1/2 to bring it down to 130, and then started running again. I made it to the 1/2 way mark and got cut off right at the turn, just like someone making a left hand turn from the right hand lane.. lol
With about a 1/2 mile to go, I saw someone on the side cheering me on. It was my Vice President from work. He used to run until some knee issues, and he showed up to cheer me on. It was the boost that I needed to finish strong. When the finish line came into site with about 2/10 of a mile to go, I started to sprint the best I could.I crossed the finish line, found my wife, and got some water. We hung out for a little while hoping they would post the official times, my MapMyRun program on my Droid showed me at just over 34 minutes, so I was pretty sure I broke my 35 minute time I was hoping for. Later on that night I saw it posted up on their website at 33:48 chip time. I am very very happy about that.
I am signed up with my wife for the Philadelphia Commitment Day 5K, and am really looking forward to that. I am hooked on running for as long as my body will allow me. I would like to run a 10K in 2013, and possibly a duathon that they hold that is 2 mile running, 16 mile bike, and 2 miles running. Then a Pikermi in 2014. Goals to get to are, under 30 5K, under 60 10K, and under 2 hour Pikermi!
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