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Archive for November, 2010

Race Report: Turkey Trot, United Way Savannah

The whole fam ran in this year’s United Way Savannah Turkey Trot. I’ve found that scheduling and running in events throughout the holiday season is a great way to stay motivated and focused during this easily distracting and demotivating time of year–Not to mention the high calorie consumption events stacked so close together:  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

logo for the 2d annual United Way Savannah Turkey Trot

http://www.ucwe.org and David Murphy.

This is the second year United Way Savannah has held this event, and the second year I’ve run it.  Last year was their inaugural year and there were some, to be expected, rookie glitches.  It was a nice race last year, and was an even better one this year.

Location:  Daffin Park, Savannah, Georgia

Gun time:  8:30 am

Distances:  5k & Kids Run

Course:  Leaving Daffin park, into surrounding Savannah neighborhood, and back into the park.

Registration:  $20-$35 depending on your registration date.

Host:  United Way of the Coastal Empire

Race Results

Weather:  Very mild, even for Savannah standards.  One might call it ideal racing weather.  Running shorts, T Shirt, Nike Frees.  No cold weather gear.

Terrain:  Virtually dead flat.  Not the absolute flattest course, but I can’t recall one significant grade.

Very enjoyable course, particularly if you are not from Savannah, or have not lived there for an appreciable time.  The ancient live oaks, historical homes, winding course, provide a very nice back drop to the run.

Competition:  Not the fastest group, but the leaders put up some respectable times.  Overall and age group winners were competitive, but the rest of field ran the gamut of experience levels.  A good first race for the uninitiated.

General Impression:  Definitely run this race if looking for a Thanksgiving race in or around Savannah.  Improved over last year, and look for more improvements going forward.  The nicest port-a-potties you’ve ever seen.

Room for improvement:  One negative is, while they did use D-tags,  they were only used for the end time, and not the start time–So the race times did not produce a true “chip time”.


Do Anything Important Today?

Was reading my Twitter friend @ZenDirtZenDust‘s recent post about where your real teachers are found. And it got me thinking about this connection between our daily busy ness (training included) and where we are really trying to go in life.

Why are you doing the things you’re doing? I know I’ve asked this question before, but it bears re-asking. And re-answering, if you have even ever answered it.

This is one of the tasks of the Warrior.  To craft this connection between your mundane daily life and your Ultimate Goals.  It is often an attitude adjustment.  You can go to the gym to get ready for beach season, or you can go to the gym to keep your depression in check.  Same gym, same workout, same time.  Totally different trajectory.

Right now, Stop and answer these questions.

  • Of all the things you did today, which of those addressed your top lifetime goals? Did any?
  • Of all the things you did this week, which were directed right at your Most Important Values and Priorities?

There are many people in this world whose Most Important Focus in life is legitimately finding enough food to eat for that day. But there’s not many of those people in the United States–some, but not many. Similarly with paying the gas bill, the car note, laundry, grocery shopping, finishing that proposal and all the myriad pressing, but not Ultimately Important activities and stressors in our lives.

Just a question.


Race Report: ATC Run Around the Rock 2010

I completed the ATC Run Around the Rock 2010 yesterday.  It was a good race, very simple, little hoopla.  A good race to open the season.

Location:  Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

Gun time:  8am

Distances:  5M, 10M, 15M & Kids Run

Course:  Around Stone Mountain short loop.  Clockwise.  One lap is 5 miles.

Registration:  $10; free for ATC members

Host:  Atlanta Track Club

Weather yesterday at gun time was in the 30s.  Not much wind.  I warmed up with sweats and a skully.  I ditched the skully and sweats, running in a t-shirt, long sleeve cold weather base layer shirt, running shorts, and Nike Free running shoes. No socks.  I couldn’t find my running gloves, and wish I did.  Otherwise, I was good.

Terrain:  “Rolling hills”.  I never know what that means.  It is around the foot of a small mountain.  There are probably three or four steep hills, and two additional long, but not steep hills.  Not many flat sections.

I enjoy running around Stone Mountain.  The hills provide some good work, and keep a course I’m very familiar with from getting boring.  I ran the 5M flavor this year.  This is my first year running this race.  My last race was a triathlon in August, and I haven’t put in many miles.  I figured that even on little training, I could run a respectable five miles.  My main goal was to get a base race pace to work off of for the next 10 months or so, as I prepare for the Augusta Half Ironman.

Competition:  These track club races bring out a lot of fast people.  These are often tagged “low-key” events, but the ATC members come out in good numbers, providing a higher density of dedicated runners than your average local charity run.  That being said, there were people running all sorts of paces, so there’s something for every level runner.

General Impression:  A nice race and a welcome break from the standard 5k/10k.  The weather was unseasonably cold this year, I didn’t need a hat, but could have stood some running gloves.