YMCA Turkey Trot
When: Thursday November 27th
Where: North shore of Pittsburgh next to PNC field
Distance: 1 mile
double gobbler- run the 5k and run the 5 miler. Must be able to complete the 5k in under 30 minutes.
Swag: The YMCA is all about being green so there is no goodie bag. All you get is your shirt,bib, and timing chip. If you registered for the double gobbler you received a beer mug as well.
Course: I can honestly say I don't know the course for the 1 mile course. The course for the 5k and the 5 miler both started next to PNC park. You headed toward Heinz field. If you were running the 5 miler you ran all the way around the field. If you were running the 5k you made a right on the road in front of the stadium. Basically both courses ended up on the same road and you made your way down to the Warhol bridge. You crossed the bridge and made a right into town. Once in town you ran what was almost a loop. Up I believe the Blvd. of the allies and went around the block and headed back toward the bridge. Instead of crossing the Warhol on the way back you crossed the Clemente bridge and made a left turn onto General Robinson Blvd. The 5k ran one block and turned left for the finish at PNC park while the 5 miler continued down the road toward Heinz Field. You ran to the back side of the stadium and did a turn around and headed back down the road toward the finish. The course is mainly flat with a few small grades as you run over the bridges. Being next to the river can make it more windy than other races also.
Post Race: Once finished with the race they had water, Gatorade, muffins, pretzels, and Nugo bars for you to enjoy.
My experience: I arrived at race around 8:00 am. Parking was free which was real nice. I planned on asking race officials if it would be alright if I switched from the 5 miler and did the 5k. I was told it wouldn't be a problem but since I already had the 5 miler bib they would just change it in their system. I decided to just stay with the 5 miler. I didn't want to be that guy who was running the wrong race. I got to watch the start of the 5k and then I headed over to the start to do a short warm up. The race started promptly at 9:30 am. I was not sure how this race would go for me. I had all hopes of getting a PR, but I also knew that past few weeks were rough on me. I did a lot of big races or events and then got sick. I started at my normal pace and when I reached the first mile and looked at my Garmin the time read 6:53. This is also the point I realized that my lungs just weren't up for a PR race. I was disappointed but I knew it would be smart to just slow down and jog the remainder of the race. After I slowed down and got my lungs under control I found a nice pace that would allow me to not break to much of a sweat. I ended up finishing the race in 43:53. I am happy with my race. I haven't ran for a few weeks and I was sick. I was able to control myself and not over do it, and it felt so good to finally get back out there and run. Today I feel really good and next week I will be back on track with full weeks of training.
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