A couple weeks ago I went back to my old hood and ran the Twinsburg Turkey Trot 5 miler.
Competing in this race was a last minute decision and I am glad I did it. How last minute?? After deciding to run, I had enough time to get dressed, grab a granola bar, and take a swig of Gatorade. Needless to say, I had no expectations.
I arrived at the start with exactly enough time to register and run to the start. Good thing I consumed my granola bar during the drive, but didn't have time to get any water. I was a little worried as I had a small amount of adult beverages the night before.
This race was probably the most interesting course I ever ran as it included road, trail, bike path, and sidewalk. Not only was it interesting, but it was HARD. There were several large hills and a couple long false flats.
I started off at a moderate pace and eased into the race. On first few hills I kept things moderate and tried to save energy for the end. I took it especially easy on the trail and sidewalk as I didn't want to twist and ankle. My strategy paid off as I consistently got stronger as the race went on.
I finished in 43:16, which was good enough for 8th in my age group. I couldn't be a happier with the results as this was a very hard race. I highly recommend this race as it was very well organized, challenging, and a great deal.
|Post race with Steve, Pam, Jill, and Steve|