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 Google Turkey Trot 5K report
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Google Turkey Trot 5K report Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:25 pm 

For the past six months or so I've been working as a consultant at Google, and yesterday the company sponsored a 5K race for employees. I'd been looking forward to this race for a while, as a way to check my fitness improvements and also to test myself against some coworkers. It was also fun to do a race in the middle of a day on Wednesday, instead of the usual weekend morning race time. My best 5K time is 20:26, but I'm not in that kind of shape now. My two recent 5K's were run in 22:02 and 22:10, so with the miles I've logged since then, I was hoping for something maybe mid 21's at the Turkey Trot. I also expected a pretty small crowd of maybe a few dozen runners, and hoped I might place near the top somewhere.

It was a hot day for November, high 70s and sunny. About 90 people showed up for the race, which was unexpectedly high. From the start, everybody burst out and I quickly found myself way back in the middle of the pack. I picked it up to try to work my way towards the front, but everyone was flying. I came to the quarter mile mark in 1:33, a 6:12 mile pace and way too fast. I was already hurting. Somehow there were about a million people ahead of me.

Most of the course was pretty hilly, involving three laps up and around a good sized hill. It was hard to stick with any kind of consistent pace. I kept getting passed and then repassing the same people. I was definitely suffering from having started out too hard, and the hills weren't helping either. I finished the first mile in 6:50, which was definitely too fast given the hills. I alternately surged and faded for the remaining miles before finally making it to the finish in 22:27.

So that wasn't a great race. I finished 18th of 59, which was worse than I'd expected. It seemed like an unusually strong field: 10 out of 59 men finished under 21 minutes on a pretty hilly course, which I'd say equates to sub-20 or better for a flat 5K. The median finish time was about 24 minutes.

Back to training for me...

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: Google Turkey Trot 5K report Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:11 am 

that's awesome, i'd love my company to put something like that together.... we've got some runners, but probably not enough to make it worth it... but what is it about 5K? I'm sure you're in better shape than most of those 17 people ahead of you... I find myself doing the same thing in 5K's... I'm convinced i just have a physical learning disability when it comes to those. i could beat most people if we ran say 7-8 5K's back to back, but just one, people that never run can beat the pants off of me. i always tell myself that you can get away with what you were born with for a 5K, but need to be in shape for anything longer. i also try to tell myself that i don't train for 'sprints' but for distance races and my body isn't trained to blow the doors off the competition in a 5K. Either one of those, or I'm just plain slow...

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