Tag: turkey trot

A Tale of a Turkey Trot

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.

Detroit Turkey Trot

Hello- Happy belated Thanksgiving! I decided to give myself the day off from blogging yesterday to spend some quality time with family and friends.

Ian and I made it to Michigan by 11 p.m. Wednesday night. Sonic did surprisingly well in the car, much better than last time. He even used the litter box while we were driving (we put it in the backseat). What a good boy!

Turkey Trot


Thursday morning was an early one! The turkey trot started downtown at 7:45 am (6:45 am for Chicagoans) so we had to leave my Mom’s super early.

I had a Blueberry Muffin Larabar before we left for some fuel and a few bites of homemade cake. Mmmm

Traffic was horrendous getting downtown. I didn’t think I’d make it to the race start in time. In fact, runners had started getting out of their cars and running along the side of the highway to make it to the race on time. Luckily, my Mom was able to get close enough to the race start to drop me off before heading over to park. Even still, I made it to the start line with only 5 minutes to spare.

It seemed like as soon as I got into my corral the race started. My initial goal was to run a 7:20 min/mile for the whole race and come in around the 45 minute mark. This seemed reasonable after my Hot Chocolate 15K a few weeks ago. However, I got caught up in weaving through runners and after completing the first mile I checked my watch and saw that I’d run a 6:50 min/mile. Eek!

My legs felt great and were ready to run so I decided to go for it, I was going to run as fast as I could for 6 miles figuring that if I had to slow down I could. This seemed to work for the first half of the race but by the time the second half rolled around my lungs were feeling it. In addition, the boring course was starting to get to me. I really don’t like point-to-point courses. We ran up one street and then back on the same street, then up another street and back again. So boring! Thankfully, the costume contest kept me entertained as I saw many runners in funny costumes (hello native american with chest paint!). Also, the turkey trot is sponsored by the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade so we saw lots of floats and parade-like items.

I ended up finishing on goal in 42:52.

A 6:55 min/mile, 35th out of all women, and 11th in my division? I’ll take it ;)

I always have a hard time finding my spectators after races in Detroit. This has happened at the marathon, half marathons, and previous turkey trots. After my mom and I finally found each other, she snapped a picture of me.

After the race we drove back home picked up a sleepy Ian and went out for breakfast. Not much was open, hello Thanksgiving!, but I feel like breakfast out is tradition after a race. I didn’t take any pictures but I had a vegetarian omelet with eggwhites, hashbrowns, and toast. It was just what my body needed!

My mom, Ian, and myself ran a few errands (we’re doing our Thanksgiving Friday) and then relaxed for a few hours. I dropped Ian off at his mom’s house for their dinner and then headed to my Dad & Stepmom’s house to celebrate with them. We went to a huge party so I didn’t take any pictures and just enjoyed talking with and meeting new people.

I drove back to my mom’s after and relaxed with her for a bit before calling it a night.

I woke up starving this morning so I had a bowl of mashmallow o’s with almond milk, a banana, and some coffee.

I have no idea why these pictures are so grainy!

I’m headed out for a short run to loosen my legs before a busy day. Have a good one!