Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turkey Trot 10k

Happy Turkey Day! It's still early today, so none of the normal Turkey Day vittles have yet to be consumed at the Bigun house. We did, however, get up a the crack of dawn to make the hour drive out to Clearwater to run the St. Pete Times Turkey Trot 10K.

This race was a giant mess! The 5k went off at 7:45, then the 1-mile walk/run at 8:30, and then finally our race, the 10k, at 8:45. There were thousands of folks in each race - parking was problematic at best. Granted, it was not a "Marine Corps Marathon" or "PF Changs", but the whole street was blocked off, and it was wall to wall runners across 4 lanes for at least a half a mile.

The plan was to run with Mom - Mama Bigun - for the whole run, and it was a good thing since I needed a recovery day after my 8-mile run yesterday. "The best laid plans..." - It turns out the Chinese Food here in Brandon is high-test...and Mama Bigun is used to putting regular in the tank. About 1.5 miles into the run, General Tso started screaming obscenities, and while I wanted to help, what's a son to do in a situation like that? I was told to go ahead, and while I protested, I was assured I didn't want to be around.

Soooo, my Ego-check valve now fully open, and lots of people ahead of me, I started to up the pace. Right up until that calf cramp, I was feeling really good about myself. I'll never learn.

My 10k splits:

Mile 1: 10:50
Mile 2: 9:59
Mile 3: 9:27
Mile 4: 9:00
Mile 5: 9:00
Mile 6: 8:48
Last .2: 8:06
Total Time: 58:56

The calf cramp worked itself out, and I finished fine, turned around and went searching for Mom. She really wasn't that far back, and we got to finish together as planned, sorta. Mama Bigun came in at around 1:18 - She's on her way to a great Half Mary in February.

Now I'm hungry!

23 comments:

Curly Su said...

awesome negative splits! happy thanksgiving...

Wendy said...

Good job! (By both you and Mama Bigun.)

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving!

Ryan said...

Great job! Hopefully "General Tso" is not a euphemism for I dropped my mom at mile 2 to show her what a stud Bigun has become. Happy Thanksgiving to your whole family. Ryan

Danielle in Iowa said...

Negative splits? That's like a negative cascade! Rock on!

Nancy Toby said...

Go go go Mama Bigun!! (Shouldn't you have been home cooking dinner for her?)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

S. Baboo said...

How cool to run with Mom! Great run despite the cramp.

Brent Buckner said...

Great family activity! Happy Thanksgiving.

J-Wim said...

That's awesome. Neg splits, family time, fodder to give your mom crap (pun intended) all through turkey dinner......
Hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving!

bigmike600 said...

Nice job Bigun. We ran today too and it was 26 degrees out when we started. Looks like you had good weather.

Dan Seifring said...

How cool is that getting to run with your Mom...

Nice Run by the both of you.

Hope you and Di had a great Thanksgiving.

JohnnyTri said...

cramp only means one thing, Bigun!

You need more Beer, da night before, ha!

nice run..

rockon`

TRI-ROB said...

I didn't know that massive men like you ran negative splits! I'm impressed BigDude! NICELY done... calf cramp and all!

TRI-ROB said...

I didn't know that massive men like you ran negative splits! I'm impressed BigDude! NICELY done... calf cramp and all!

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice job!!!!

And that stinkin' General Tso...he get's me every time....nasty.

blink140pnt6 said...

Negative split the whole race, COOL! And w/ mom as well. SWEET!

TriBoomer said...

Fabulous race results for the both of you and great photos to boot.

Last year I had a Gen. Tsao revolt and Mom BigGun is right. Don't. Want. To. Be. Around.

Congrats to you both.

Stay tuned...

Green Eyed Lady (aka GEL) said...

There were 10,071 registered for the 5K and 2,434 for the 10K. That doesn't even include the 4,001 for the one-miler! Anyway, I couldn't help but wonder when the 5K started if this is what the NYC Marathon looked like except that people weren't running! It was SO hard to break out of that crowd! And I'm taking notes, thanks. No Chinese food the night before a race...

Tea said...

Great race! I love the pix with Mama Bigun! She rocks!

ShirleyPerly said...

Cool that you got to run (part of) the race with mom. Awesome splits!

Fe-lady said...

That's your mom? That can't be your mom...! Then I could be your mom...she looks to be in her early 50s! (And tell her that too!)
Great job!

supalinds said...

Awesome race.

Way to go Mama Bigun.

You two running together, tender.

Mama Bigun said...

It was too much fun, to run with The Bigun. And yes, I am in my early 50's....

Iron Eric said...

TURKEY TROT!! YES!!

I hope to do one next year. How about a New Years Day race? I've done one of those. Thats crazy.