Times Turkey Trot - 5k Wing Ding

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Jul 27, 2010



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Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

7 x Boston Marathon (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2020 (virtual due to covid) 2021

11 x NYC Marathon (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)



Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  


Old guy - (grandfather even) been running for 40+ years.  

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Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 19.50 Month: 39.25 Year: 2132.96
Race: Times Turkey Trot - 5k Wing Ding (3.15 Miles) 00:18:55, Place overall: 84
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Traditional Thanksgiving Day event whenever I am in town.  This race has been around since the late 70's - I did this race in the inaugural year when I was 12 with my family.  Now, my three teenaged daughters and nephew do the event with me before we head back to the house for breakfast on the grill (pancakes and sausage) and preparation of the turkey dinner. 

Last year I did the 5k with Delaney and paced her along to a sub 22 min race, and then did the 10k where I faded late.  This year Delaney planned to run with her cross country teammate - so I had to decide whether to do the 5k or the 10k or both.  So I signed up for each and thought to make a gameday decision.

As it turns out I ran really quite fast in the first mile (5:39 on my Garmin) and as a result I quickly tried to smooth things out in the second mile - which was 6:06 - and then dealt with a short hill at the beginning of mile 3 - which pushed my pace down to about 6:21 - and I was just kinda hanging on through the finish for an 18:55 though I ran the last .1 at under 6 min pace.  Weather was cooler but still quite humid (around 75%) - so after waiting for my daughters and nephew to finish - I did a cool down and decided to quit while I was ahead - and bagged the 10k. 

Not too bad for relatively little training since the NYC marathon a few weeks ago.   

Happy Thanksgiving!

From Rob Murphy on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 13:32:58 from

Always fun to read about the Turkey Trot. I remember milling around on the Clearwater High field after with you and your dad and Bill Griffin one year after me and you and Bill all finished within a few seconds of each other.

Happy Thanksgiving.

From Mark on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 18:45:09 from

Nice sub-19:00! That last hill can be a bit tiring, while that first mile can be pretty fun and usually faster.

From Bret on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 21:41:27 from

Thanks Mark - looks like you had a pretty good day in the 10k too.

Rob - I don't think I have thought of Bill Griffin in years! LOL. Good times.

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