Longmont Turkey Trot 10k 2007

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Distance 10k (6.21 miles)
Time 46:14 (PR)
Pace 7:27
Rank 84 of 346
GPS Analysis Strava

With the big races over for the season, its time for the turkey races. Today was race 1 of 2 in my Turkey Trot 2007 Tour. The race was here in Longmont. Last year, the start was freezing cold. This year it was warm enough to run in short sleeves.

I talked my neighbor, Dmitri, into running the race with me. He isn’t into these races but he is a pretty fit guy so I knew he would give it a good shot.

Starting out, I kept a 7:30 pace. That was the same pace I did last year at this race. I wanted to improve but I knew from training that if I pushed to much harder, I might cramp up in the low 7s. So I figured keep a steady pace and finish strong. I had left Dmitri at the starting line but little did I know that he had me in his sights for the whole race. What motivation! Near the final stretch he came up next to me and we ran it in. I had saved up some gas so I pushed it down the final stretch to edge him out. Pretty fun to see him perform and finish so closely!

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The interesting thing here is that all the marathon training did not directly translate into more 10k speed. I feel more confortable at 7:30 than last year but I don’t push it much harder. Post race, my legs feel great which is probably where the training comes in. I also wasn’t perfect at my speed work over the summer — mostly because I didn’t understand it. Now that I do, I think I will improve these times in the future. Its still fun because times are dropping but they aren’t dropping as fast as before.