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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Running: Give 'n Gobble 5 km

We generally try to do a race Thanksgiving morning ever since moving to the United States in 1999. The weather in Portland has generally been warmer than Minneapolis for running on turkey day.

This year we ran the Give 'n Gobble 5km in Sherwood, Or. A map of the course can be found here.

I raced the 5km as my last speed work leading up the California International marathon on December 7th.
I ran OK posting a 19:05 (6:08 minutes per mile).
1st in my age group and 7th overall.
The legs felt good. I just could not quite find a groove with the course. A little climbing and such in the first 2 miles and then about 1 mile of paved trail running. The trail is fun but not conducive to really fast times with some really tight corners that I ran tentative with the moss and frost. I know, excuses, excuses :-)

I then back-tracked to find Trisha and the kids and ran in with them for about the last mile. Cole's ears where cold as it was about 33 F but the sun was out. Leah was dragging when I met them but boy did she pick it up on the downhills. They did great keeping moving by alternating running and walking. Pushing to the finish, they finished their first 5 km race in 41 minutes (13:11 minutes per mile).

It was great to see our friends from church out doing the 10 km: Jon Lindsey, Jason and Jennifer. I went back again for more cool down to run in with Jon for the last 3/4 mile. Maybe next year we will move up to the big race as well :-)

The race was well organized with the route marked extremely well. Russ Zornick was doing the timing so I would expect the results to be up here soon (possibly as early as tonight). (UPDATE: results are up here and WOW...the race had 702 people running the 5 km!)

Happy Thanksgiving. Boy are we blessed!
Now off to EAT!


Cindy Aggson said...

Hi Darin

Love your blog, it is inspiring me to want to try another marathon!

I organize the Give n' Gobble and stumbled upon your blog b/c I receive updates from Google on certain keywords like "Give n' Gobble" and it made my heart smile to read about your family's experience at the event on Thanksgiving!

Thank you for coming out and making it a part of your Thanksgiving. My husband was in charge of the course (his first time ever doing anything like this!). I sent him and his team a link to your post so they knew what a great job they did - coming from a runner of your caliber it meant the world to them!

I also read your post to my three little boys, they are pretty fast and I would be so thrilled to have them love running and participate in the GnG next year - hearing about your kids made mine think they should do it next year!

In gratitude,

saschasdad said...

Attaboy, Darin. Good race to get you in the CIM-groove. Now just average that for CIM, and you'll have a cool 2:41 and change. Nice.

Congrats to the kids on their first 5k - that's awesome!

We'll be on the road in a week. Are you ready!?