Thursday, November 22, 2012
TXU Energy 2012 Turkey Trot Race Report
I am delighted through my participation in this race to support the Sheltering Arms Senior Services, an excellent service organization.
Lining up on the course beforehand I was happy to see my friends Allison and Laura, and families with kids. Instilling fitness as a value in our children is critical, and it's best done in a fun way such as a race as it grabs the kids attention. While race organizers should have made several more public announcements encouraging slower runners and walkers to line-up at the rear, this didn't bother me excessively this year since I was able to line-up within 20 feet of the start line.
The temperature and humidity was a significant factor in my overall performance, a spectator friendly but competitive runner slowing 64F and 88% humidity. While I didn't let the conditions unduly affect me initially (I was happy with my first half 6:54 average pace), in the second half I slowed particularly in the 5th mile as my breathing was somewhat strained. The rabid competitor in me was a bit disappointed in that my overall time of 44:15, (a 7:07 overall pace) was far from my P.R.. However, considering the decidedly sub-optimal weather conditions and the importance of not impacting my highest priority Houston Marathon race, less than two months away, the race was a success. Happy Thanksgiving!