So, With Thanksgiving arriving, the Annual Pete Keyes Turkey Trot comes along! I’m not sure why I missed it the last couple of years, as my T-Shirt Collection says that I last did it in 2011, a date easily verified by checking here in my blog. Just by comparing the pictures- it seems there was a BIG difference in the weather! in 2011, it was nice(ish), with blue skies.. This year, we had a wonderful snow storm the day before dropping 8-10 inches, with flurries continuing on throughout the entire thanksgiving day!
At some point in the last year or three, they changed it from an 8k (4.97097 miles) to a five-mile run. Those additional .03 miles must have been brutal, as my time was more than a wee bit slower for my five-mile compared to the 8k 3 years ago. I ran the 8k in 43:13, while according to the results page, this years 5 mile run was done in 44:11.
As I haven’t been running much, I certainly wasn’t expecting anything record-breaking.. Though this did turn out to be a PR, based on the fact I hadn’t run a timed 5 miler before! WOO HOO! GO ME! I kept a fairly steady pace throughout the race, of right around an 8:50 mile. Considering my runs are usually at a 11-13 minute pace with my son – I was happy with that!
It’s interesting as I had an entirely different race experience than last time. I kept to myself, and watched a lot of other runners. I didn’t socialize with strangers like I did last time, but that didn’t affect my fun-level at all! I thought I would know more people, but only my Tang Soo Do instructor from years ago was familiar to me!
I felt good throughout it, although watching the little speed demon on his way back that won the race (and set a course record) was awesome. The winner finished the five-mile race in 25:10, with a mile pace that I have never matched in a 5k, let alone a 5 mile! It was pretty cool to see him blow by on his way back.
The T-Shirt was a nice basic black Tech-T, minimalist with nothing on the back
As always, the race was pretty awesome and a great time. If you are in the Binghamton Area next year – I recommend it!