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2010 marked the year I started making an actual habit of running, which led to my first race back in August. I was happy with the milestones I was able to achieve in a handful of months: I ran my first competitive race in my best 5K time at that point (26:30) and generally felt good about myself.
Yesterday I ran the Turkey Trot with mixed results.
I placed 894 out of 4,866 total runners (within the top 20% overall) and placed 74th amongst my age group (25-29; just outside of the top 30%) with a time of 26:38.
A lot of the complaints that come about with any big race applied: it was a crowded field, which made forward progress difficult, awkward, and at times hazardous. At the start of the race, I literally got stepped on three times. In an attempt to get out of the crowd that was bumping, shoving, and stepping on me, I ended up in another semi-collision with another runner who I didn’t have time to apologize to.
It’s especially annoying because I knew it was going to happen. I wasn’t at the front of the race, per se, but I was within forty to fifty feet of the starting line. I was simply standing still at the start and people were still bumping into me and trying to squeeze in-between myself and the runners around me.
What’s so annoying about that is that it’s a timed race. Meaning your time doesn’t start with the clock, it starts when you cross the starting line. Squeezing in front of me and contributing to the congestion did not improve the time for those people; if anything, it probably hurt it.
Still, it was good to have the experience of running for the very first time in cold weather. It was also good running (figuratively speaking) into an old friend from High School, Eitan, who’s involved in a start-up company called Fire Hose Games that’s getting a lot of press and buzz in the gaming community for their forthcoming release.
The highlight of my day came after the race, with Eitan and I running through a crowd to pursue an Elvis impersonator in the Troy Atrium while yelling “ELVIS! HEY ELVIS!” which resulted in the picture you see to your left.
Not so good was the huge disappointment I felt in my own performance. As annoyed as I was with the congestion (as well as things like people being in the front of the starting line only to start walking at the halfway point in one large group that blocked half the running lane), the 26:37 time is my responsibility, and those aforementioned factors can’t excuse it. I didn’t train nearly as much as I wanted to or should have, and I let my diet lapse a few times in the weeks leading up to the event. I also allowed my social schedule to become a priority over my training schedule, and for that I only have myself to blame.
26:37 is a miserable time considering I know I can – and have – done better.
Where to from here? Well, the Last Run 5K on December 18th in Albany is appealing. My one concern is the potential for hazard because of wintry weather and ice, but I’m wondering if I should chalk that up to another experience and challenge that I should rise to.
Know what? I will. To Hell with the ice and my excuses. Let’s do this. Who’s with me?
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