Turkey Trot 5k and Thanksgiving 2013

It’s the day after Thanksgiving! Did you eat tons of food yesterday?! I did. I love all the Thanksgiving food – so good!

Turkey Trot 5k

Yesterday morning, we woke up early for the turkey trot. I had my alarm set for 6:30 am, but for some reason my body wanted to wake up at 5:45 am.

Danny and Jacob picked up our bibs the day before, so we had everything ready to go. Instead of a typical t-shirt, we got a turkey trot hoodie. Jacob was so excited for his and kept it on for a day and a half.

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The race was about a half hour from our house. We got there early and hung out in the car for awhile because it was cold. Seriously cold. I am not used to running in that kind of weather. My toes and fingers were completely numb.

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We met up with my dad, stepmom, and her two friends who were also running the race. My dad stayed with Jaden while we ran.

Jaden ran the 100 meter kid’s dash and was so happy to get a ribbon!

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After the kid’s dash, we lined up for the turkey trot. Jacob and I started out running together…that lasted about 3 minutes. It was so congested with people in the beginning and Jacob was going fast. I told him to just weave around the people and go ahead.

He took off way faster than I expected and I couldn’t keep up. I was worried at first since he was alone and tried to keep up with him but he just took off. Danny and my stepmom were also on the course and we talked about what he should do if we got separated, so I just let him go.

I saw Danny at the turn around and told him to come back and get Jacob when he finished.

My running was decent. I started out too fast trying to catch Jacob and it caught up to me in the end and I had to slow down. I just ran at a pace that felt comfortable. It was so different running in the cold and I didn’t warm up as fast as I thought I would.

Finally around the last mile, I started to get warm and took off my gloves and headband. I forgot my Garmin at home and didn’t see any mile markers. I found out later that there were mile marker flags at each mile but I didn’t see any of them, so I had no idea of my mileage the whole race.

I ended up finishing in 33:08. I honestly thought I had been going faster but I guess with the cold weather, I was going slower than I thought. Not my best race, but my first race in the cold weather.

My stepmom and her friends finished a few minutes before me and Jacob finished in 30:53! I was so proud of him for doing so good in his first race!! He did start off too fast and have to walk a few times but he still ran a lot faster than I did!

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Danny, my speedy husband, finished in 25:01, 5th place for his age group out of 81 people.

I was surprised that they didn’t have water at the finish line. Even though it was cold, I was still thirsty after finishing the race. They did have water and hot cider but it was a ways away from the finish line.

We got some hot apple cider, took a few pictures, and left soon after – it was just too cold to stay outside.

Overall, I really enjoyed the race. It was my first race in the cold weather and although I prefer the warmer weather, I think it’s easier to run in the cold than it is the humidity. And I am so proud of Jacob for running his first 5k!

After the race, we came home, got ready, and headed to my grandparent’s house.

Aren’t these cookie place settings so adorable?!

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My dad carved the turkey…

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…and then for some reason, we felt it was necessary to give ourselves bunny ears.

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The food was delicious and I ate so much – cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, carrots, pumpkin roll, cookies.

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and I get to do it all again tonight! My mom and in-laws are coming over so we can celebrate Thanksgiving with them!

Have a wonderful day!

  • How was your Thanksgiving?
  • Did you shop today?
  • Cold weather running or hot weather running?

5 Comments

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5 Responses to Turkey Trot 5k and Thanksgiving 2013

  1. Teresa @www.fitinwoodbine.com

    I ran a turkey trot too and at the finish all the water bottles were FROZEN! lol Good thing I was not that thirsty since I was still soooooo cold!

  2. Amy

    Looks like you had a great thanksgiving. Congrats to you all on your 5k

  3. Looks like a great Thanksgiving!

  4. Losing Lindy

    wow he did an awesome job!

  5. Summer

    Sounds like a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend! congratulations to you all, what a fun way to kick it all off…cold weather running rules!!!

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