Thursday, November 22, 2012

Crawfordsville, IN 5k Turkey Trot

This morning I had the privilege of running in the 12th annual Crawfordsville, IN Turkey Trot. I haven't been as consistent with my training as I should have been, but since I haven't ran a 5k in almost 2 years I knew I had a good shot at setting a PR. My previous 5k PR was 28:26 and since this run was on my 27th birthday I decided that I wanted to run a 27 minute 5k.

My goal time was a little faster pace than I would normally run, but it's supposed to be hard right?

I created a playlist on Spotify (Yes, I run with headphones. I am not an idiot and stay aware of my surroundings and listen at a reasonable level) that would keep me going strong for the 3.1 miles. It was a life saver for the last .25-.50 miles. I wouldn't have been able to push it out without it.

The run was a very low key run. No race bibs, no official awards ceremony and a leave when you finish ending.

The parking was chaotic and having the vehicle exit being the final stretch of the race caused traffic issues. The issues would be fixed if the course were reversed. Runners who finished early wouldn't have to worry about avoiding the runners/walkers who are finishing. Reversing the route would cause there to be a steep hill at the beginning and thus increasing the difficulty, but that's a part of running right? The hill could also cause runners to burn more calories...which who couldn't benefit from that on Thanksgiving?

Overall, it is a great run, but a little on the pricey side for such a low key 5k. It is a fantastic way to start your Thanksgiving holiday and if you are in the area you should check it out!

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