The 2015 Prospect Park Turkey Trot

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For the past three years on Thanksgiving my wife and I have participated in Prospect Park Track Club’s 5-mile Turkey Trot. When the registration opened a few months earlier, we made sure we signed up on that day before it sold out (some 2,000+ runners run this race). While most of my preparations have been geared towards marathon running, I really enjoy these smaller races to see where I’m at in my running. This year’s trot was no exception, especially after improving quite nicely this year.

I mainly wanted to see what I could do in my hard efforts. This gives me more insight into training properly for The Colorado Marathon next year. I set a goal of completing the race in 30 minutes or under. I made sure to stand in front of the field so I could pace properly throughout.

Once the race began I exercised patience. I settled around a 6:04 mile for the first 3 miles, then decided to take off. I was really familiar with the course and knew I could run in around the upper 5:00’s without crashing. Around mile 4, I found that I was in 9th place. Having never placed so high, I had the confidence to keep pushing towards the finish line.

I think I’ll always remember the adrenaline towards the end. Around the last two miles I began to catch up with the runner in front of me, but I didn’t go right away. I knew I would be able to pass him, but didn’t want to waste my energy until the very end. Once I saw the finish line I kicked and went around him to finish in 8th place. I’m not sure how fast I sprinted. All I heard was cheers from the spectators towards the end. I crossed the finish line at 29:42. That’s a 5:56 per mile average.

Not only did I finish 8th, but I beat my goal of finishing in 30 minutes. It’s really important to set specific goals and to have a plan for carrying them out. I knew to finish with that time I couldn’t go fast right away or I would be tired. I needed to strategically plan how to run the 5 miles to my current ability while going with the flow of the race.

I’ve come such a far way from my first trot in 2013. I’m looking forward to racing it again next year. Though I won’t know what I’m capable of until next fall, I hope to eventually race it around a 5:00 mile. Until then I’m looking forward to starting the next phase of my training.

A video of my finish.

 

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Nick Grinlinton is a guitarist, composer and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a two-time ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award finalist and has composed and played music for Jerry Seinfeld's web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". A speedy runner, Nick currently focuses on racing distances from the mile all the way to the marathon. As he continues to train daily, he is currently examining what effect music has towards running. To learn more and to contact Nick, visit his website.

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