My wife had been dragging me down to her families' Thanksgiving celebration in Navasota Texas for the last several years. Using Navasota as a base, I had run the Woodlands Five Miler for the last couple of years. This year my wife decided that we would not do the Navasota thing, instead we headed to her dads ranch in Cat Springs Texas. For many years before Navasota going to Cat Springs had been the Thanksgiving tradition and I had run the Turkey Trot in Sugarland which Dead Texan Doug Hyde(See Dead Runner Society in Links Section) had turned me on to many years ago. This year they made two very nice changes to the race: they added chip timing; and they went from 10 year age brackets to 5 year age brackets.
So, I checked out of work early on Wednesday, packed up the wife and kids and pointed the truck down I45. Thursday morning, I woke early and tip toed out of the house. It was very cold and I was surprised to find my windshield iced over. I thought it was just some frost but on closer inspection I discovered that it was a fairly thick layer of ICE - unheard of in those parts! I found a videocassette case in the truck which helped me get the ice removed. Finally I was on my way.
The drive to Sugarland was uneventful. I registered and went for a warmup jog. The weather was perfect; low forties, clear and calm. After warming up I did a bunch of strides, then changed into my flats and walked to the start. At the start I saw Doug and his team mates. We all shared our goals, then we were off.
This race has a gradual down hill first mile. Every single time I have run the race, I have gone out too fast in the mile. Today was no exception. I had gone out at a comfortable pace - however I noticed that I was the oldest person around - not a good sign. I was passed by a kid wearing track spikes. I knew I would soon get him back, and indeed I did. I hate to think about what his feet felt like after the race. I hit the first mile in 5:48. Finally a couple of masters passed me on the second mile. I came through that in 11:58, or 6:09 for that mile. I felt good and was optimistic about holding pace. Mile 3 came in 18:19 (6:21). No one was calling splits and I did not bother to look at my watch. I knew I was ahead of pace because it took a few seconds for my lap counter to beep after the mile mark. I felt good and push some more on mile 4 and came through right at 24:40 (6:22). The field was pretty spread out at this point, and I tried my best to keep pace for the last mile. I finished in 31:01 (6:19).
Full Results Here:
Sugarland Turkey Trot Results
Sugarland Turkey Trot Photos
All in all, I was please with the result given nearly a two minute improvement on last year. As a nice bonus, I picked up third place in my age group thanks to the new five year divisions!
Next week is the week that I have always run The Arlington Winter Run, AKA the Penguin Run. This event has given away hand made ceramic penguins as the awards for overall and top three age group finishers. This year the event is canceled as the promoter has had some sort of accident. I have five penguins in my office and regret that I will not have the opportunity to add to the gaggle this year. As such it looks like the Rudolf Run in Allen Texas is on tap for my next run, a 5K this Saturday!.
Chris in N Texas
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