Happy Belated Thanksgiving

Posted on November 28, 2009

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I just returned home late last night from a fun few days down in Connecticut visiting my cousins for Thanksgiving. Like most triathletes/runners, I ran a road race on Thursday morning – the Pequot RoadRunners Club 5 Miler. It was a huge race with just about 4,000 people participating. The course wasn’t very hilly, but it definitely wasn’t flat either, making it tough to get into a good rhythm. I started in the front and after about 400 meters I was in about 30th thinking “wow these people are all going out way too fast”. Then I looked down at my Garmin and realized I was running 5:30 pace. Oops, a bit too slow. It didn’t take me long to get back on track and by the 2nd mile I was in 4th place running 5:15 pace. Two guys were way off the front running sub-5:00 pace, but the guy in 3rd wasn’t too far ahead. I used a 5:10 last mile to catch him with about a half mile to go and pull away. So I took 3rd in 26:16 – a solid effort. After that I had a 30 minute cooldown and then hopped on the bike for some tempo intervals. An exhausting day of training, but it was great to eat a lot and relax with my family that evening. I played a fun game of monopoly with my cousins that eventually disintegrated into chaos and making up our own rules! (It turned into a Survivor-esque sort of thing with alliances and immunity.) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Me post-turkey trot enjoying some green tea