2011 Quarry Turkey Race Report

November 26, 2011 — 4 Comments

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!

My Race

This was my third 5K, having run the Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K last Saturday and the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving.

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!


4 responses to 2011 Quarry Turkey Race Report


    um ok. you are FAST I need to speed up. lol. My 5k is on Dec. 10th too!!! Good luck to you on yours!


      Believe me, there are people who are A LOT faster! I’m discovering that it’s all about pacing and planning your race. It’s fun passing the people who blaze out of the start at about 1.5 miles… “Slow & steady…slow & steady!”

      GOOD LUCK ON THE 10th!

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