This morning, I ran the Brazen Racing Quarry Turkey 5K held in Fremont. It was a great event, well run, and had a great variety of runner levels (which was great being a new runner myself.) The event offered a half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and a Kids Run. Each had a great group of participants that broke out at: 187 half-mara, 284 10K, and 359 5K.
The weather was great – about 50 degrees at race time.
Brazen Racing put on an EXCELLENT event. It was extremely organized and the post-race SWAG and food was great. I will definitely be running in their events again!
I “early started” it again today, just wanting to get there and get my bearings and probably a bit anxious. Just like Thanksgiving morning, I got there in no time and sat in my car with the heater and seat warmer on, chilled with the ol’ iPhone, and called Karen a few times. As the start time got closer, I made a porta-potty (lines for the flushables was LONG) stop and queued up.
The Kids went first, then the Half, then the 10K and finally the 5K. I hit my Garmin’s START button at 0834 and headed out for the loop around the lake. Remembering my “pace issues” from Thanksgiving’s run, I tried to force myself to stick with my pace. I seemed to be doing OK this time. At home, as I reviewed my Garmin data, I see that I ran pretty consistent splits: 8:43, 8:44, and 8:45.
Garmin time: 28:03 at an 8:45/mile pace.
Official time: 28:04 at an 9:03/mile pace.
One note on the course. It was actually 3.2 miles, so my time was pretty consistent from the other two 5Ks that I ran this week.
Happy with my results. I remained sub-30 minutes and was able to control my pacing better thank I did on Thanksgiving.
Post-race lunch was from McD’s again, though it was more of the average fare I eat…
All in all, it’s been a great post Couch-to-5K graduation week and start to my new hobby:
I’m still finalizing my 2012 race schedule (which will include a mix of 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons), but my next race is the Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis in Pacific Grove on December 10th! If you want, you can even sponsor me – it’s for a great cause!