Friday, November 25, 2011

SOME 5k Turkey Trot Race Report

This is the first year that I have ever done a Turkey Trot and it was a blast. I choose to run the SOME Turkey Trot 5k because it had a start time of 9am and it was nice and close to my house. I wasn't nervous about this race at all because well I wasn't racing it :) It was more or less just something fun to do before heading to my mother -in - laws house in West Virginia.

M and I both had a chocolate chip muffin and a banana before heading out the door. Perfect race food right? And as soon as we headed out the door at 8:15 turkeys were one the loose!

There was even one spotted trying to ride the metro!

We had plenty of time (15 minutes) before the race started once we arrived at Freedom Plaza. There was a ton of people, around 7,000 I believe. It was the perfect temp out for a run, a little chilly with some sun shin.
lots of people
and the turkey had time to stretch...
I had decided the night before that I wasn't going to race race this 5k even though I really wanted. I would have loved to see if I could hold a 7 minute pace for 3 miles, but I had signed M up for this with me and thought what would be the point of doing this as a family if I bolted ahead? 5k PR... another time I suppose. Plus wearing turkey hats was the high light of this race ... not PRing.

I think this is the chicken dance ....not turkey...
When the gun went off it was crowded and we just walked our way to start line trying to get ahead of baby strollers before we crossed the timing matt. With a race this big I really think baby strollers shouldn't be allowed or they need to start in the very back!

When we finally crossed the timing matt we began weaving in and out of people. With-in 2 minutes of the race a guy tripped over another person and wiped out! It looked like it really hurt. Kristine somehow found me and she came running up from behind and we chit chatted bit. I didn't want to hold her back, so off she went.

We hit mile one at a 9:22 pace. Not to bad for M considering he hasn't ran since the Baltimore Half .. tsk tsk!!!! As we continued to run I enjoyed watching the turkey on his head bop up and down as if it was saying "gobble, gobble."

Before we knew the two mile mark came up and we were right at 9:29. Wow I thought: "I really love easy runs and we only have 1 mile left." I tried pulling out my camera to take pictures while we were running, but it didn't seem to work out that great, I wonder why? I don't even know why I thought this was a good idea to begin with?

Once we were running back on Penn the finish line was getting closer and closer. I told M that he should try to negative split his run, but he didn't really know what that meant and we hit the 3 mile mark with a 9:36 split. Close enough I suppose. The last .1 (.16 on my watch) M decided to go balls to the wall and took off like a bat out of hell to make sure he crossed the finish line before me #mean. We finished, I mean I finished in 29:40.

Overall it was such a fun little race and I loved wearing the crazy hats! I think this is something that we will do every year now :)

Did you Turkey Trot yesterday? If so I hope you had as much fun as I did.


  1. How cute are your hats!?! As much as I love Turkey Trots, I had to sit them out this year - rest/recovery mode. The atmosphere is soooo fun and inspiring though.

  2. You guys are pretty cute. Running as a family is what turkey trots are all about!

  3. That DOES look like fun, and I'm glad you got to run with J! There are always more 5ks you can try to go PR in.

    Costumes for turkey trots are awesome. I wore my purple sparkle skirt and must have heard "go purple tutu!" 18 times on the course.

  4. Awesome! It looks like you guys had a really fun time. Great hats!

  5. You look ridiculous! That is totally a compliment :) Glad you had a fun race and got M out running again!!

  6. I love the hats! Glad you two had fun and got to run together.