My wife and I entered the Goshen Turkey Trot- it was mid-30's, sunshine, and windy. The course is very challenging- 1/2 is made up of trails and contains 5-6 steep hills, including a steady incline from part-way through mile four all the way through mile 5. My previous pr for this course is 43:05, so my goal going in was to break 42 minutes. 500-600 runners lined up at the start and we were off with the gun...
Mile 1- 6:12 (Lots of downhill on this, so I disciplined myself to hold back)
Mile 2- 6:06 (Rolling hills, yet surprised by this time, since the last 1/2 mile was uphill)
Mile 3- 6:31 (Rolling hills, yet very pleased- passed alot of runners on this stretch)
Mile 4- 7:01 (Flat for first half and then steady incline up a trail- conserved for the next mile which is the toughest)
Mile 5- 7:07 (This was the most challenging- ran it last time in 7:42)
Mile 6- 6:46 (Very pleased- steady downhill for 1/2 mile and then steep uphill for 2nd half mile- mile legs were doing just fine)
Last .2- 1:13/6:06 pace (Finished the hill and then kicked it in for the finish- more of a 5:40 pace once things levelled out).
Overall, I exceeded expectations and finished in front of a few local guys who usually beat me. Very happy with the effort and time and was able to take home a ribbon and a homemade apple pie. My wife finished in just over an hour and capped off a very emotional week. She ran the course on Monday with a handfull of friends and stumbled upon a man in his late 40's who had committed suicide. His daughter is in one of my daughter's classes at school. My wife stopped with her friends at that point in the course to place flowers around a cross they had made.
Thanks to those who read the report and may you have a Happy Thanksgiving!