December 2, 2014

Some humor from our Turkey Day 5k

'Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house, these runners were clearly enjoying themselves.  The race the next morning was not given a thought as libations and food kept us happy and content.

What race?

The next morning, two seasoned and trained runners competed in a 5k with their significant others.  We arrived early and picked up our numbers and race shirts.  This local race with around 600 registered runners is organized by the Peninsula Track Club and aids the Toys for Tots and Salvation Army Angel tree.  Additionally, on race morning toys are collected for children.

Love the shirt design this year!

After collecting our bibs and shirts, we relaxed in the car since it was raining.  Not a heavy rain, but it was a cold morning and the longer we stayed in the car, the less time standing around getting cold! Soon it was 8:00 am and the time to start our little turkey trot! We started together but within minutes, the two younger runners took off while Tom and I lagged slightly behind.  My Garmin was set and our initial pace was around 8:30. It amazed me that Tom kept up and finally after the first mile, he spied the water stop.  He needed a break and I just kept on running.  I could see Christine up ahead and tried to keep her in my sights.  However, at the turnaround, she decided to take off and see how many females she could pass.  I never saw her again until I spied her cheering for me as I crossed the finish line.

One of the great things post race is the trailer staffed by Salvation Army employees and volunteers serving the runners hot chocolate, donuts, cookies, energy bars and water.

Hot chocolate with a big marshmallow to warm us up

Overall, this race is a great way to start Thanksgiving morning and the boys were good sports and tolerated it for us.  Surprisingly, Tom finished just out of an AG prize as 4th in his AG at 27.46 and 119/587 finishers. Christine did a wonderful job as 64th runner to cross the finish line and 11th female.  It was a fun morning and maybe next year I can get Tom out for one or two runs before race day.  This year he did not go out on one training run!


Wearing our bling before cooking the turkey

Did you run a turkey trot this year?



18 comments:

  1. Sounds like it was a fun family affair. Congrats to your husband on his finish!

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I was proud of him, but also annoyed that his talent is wasted. He ran track in HS and went to the state meet!

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  2. That sounds like that would be a fun family tradition! I laugh at your definition of "lagging behind" at a pace of 8:30! Glad you all had a good time! -M

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    1. Thanks, we have enjoyed these race now for quite a few years!

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  3. Fun! I love that you all ran it as a family! I did a Turkey Trot but it was at the end of October because it benefits a food pantry that uses the money to feed families for Thanksgiving.

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    1. Next year you should take your whole family and run a turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning and let someone else do the cooking!

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  4. What a cute shirt! Its great that the guys ran with you too. I did not run a turkey trot but did run a 5k on the Saturday after.

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    1. Oh that's great you could race on Black Friday!

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  5. Sounds like the perfect way to kick off Thanksgiving! Glad to hear that you were able to get the boys involved.

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    1. They did so reluctantly Katherine, but they were good sports about it!

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  6. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun turkey trotting :). I wish I could've run one, but we traveled on that morning so I missed the one here (it didn't start until 9 AM). Plus it's so neat they had hot chocolate at the end- I love hot chocolate after a cold run or race. Happy belated Thanksgiving :)

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    1. Me too Amy, Hot chocolate is the perfect drink after a cold run/race.

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  7. Sounds like fun! We were supposed to turkey trot but I strained my hip flexor so we elected to not go this time :(

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    1. I hope you are recovering okay Sue. Too bad you had to miss your race.

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  8. Awesome that you guys were able to talk the guys into joining.

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  9. Awesome job ladies (and guys)! Congrats on a great Turkey Trot! :)

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  10. Wow, sounds like you guys were all rock stars!! Congratulations!!

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