Three years ago, Ian and I ran the Detroit Turkey Trot 10k together. We had been dating about two months and somehow I convinced him that we should run it together. I was a few weeks out from my first marathon (Detroit) and Ian hadn’t really trained so I let him set the pace and we ran the entire thing together finishing in 55:39 (8:57 min/mile). We had a blast (at least I did) and I remember thinking that I could use his finishing time to my advantage and try to encourage him to run with me more often (this never happened and I’m okay with that).

I wish I had a picture of us running it but I don’t. The above picture is from the first few months of us dating though.

Two years ago, I signed up for the Turkey Trot 10k with my mom. We weren’t planning on running it together (as far as I remember) but we were going to drive down and have some racing family time. Unfortunately, it was freezing cold and sleeting rain the night before and morning of. Ian and I didn’t get in to Michigan until almost 1 am on Thursday and my mom and I made the decision not to bother running the race. It just didn’t seem worth the nasty weather. A few hours post-race, the weather cleared up and I enjoyed a nice 8 miler.

Last year, I signed up for the 10k solo (:() but I was eager to PR. It had been YEARS since I’d run a 10k and I was coming off a nice race at the Hot Chocolate 15k. My goal was to run under a 7:20 min/mile and I was prepared to leave it all in Detroit. The weather was COLD but I ended up pushing myself to a PR, finishing in 42:42 (6:53 min/mile). This year, I signed up for the 10k again thinking that after marathon training for a few months, I’d be ready to PR by November. I even put the race in my training calendar as a tune up race. Last week, I decided to look at my training calendar and noticed that my PR 10k is nicely sandwiched between an 11 miler and a 12 miler with a 17 mile long run on Sunday. Trying to PR didn’t look so smart anymore.

So I thought about it for a while. I’ve really been feeling the itch to “race” lately but I also am loving my higher mileage weeks and high mileage + lots of speed work sometimes = injury. I’m not a fan of injury. On the other hand, I know that I am pretty incapable of running a fun run by myself. I will get competitive, I will weave between people, and I will not be happy using the solo Turkey Trot as a recovery run.

So what did I decide to do? I made a compromise with myself. Instead of doing tempo miles during my 11 miler on Wednesday, I am going to run the 10k at tempo pace (between 7:15 and 7:25). Hopefully, this will allow me to have fun (yay! running!) and prevent my legs from being too tired on Friday. If they are, I’ll just run the first 6 miles of my 12 miler at recovery pace (over an 8 min/mile) and play the rest by ear. Should be fun right?

So that’s my plan for tomorrow– have fun and run 6.2 miles at tempo speed. I’m super excited about the weather too, the high in Michigan is supposed to be near 60 degrees!

Are you running a turkey trot?
Any tips on how to navigate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for newly-diagnosed food allergy freaks like myself?
I’m having a food allergy “safe” dinner with my mom on Friday but will be spending Thursday with my dad, step-mom, and some family friends.