Tuesday, September 25, 2018

TOTR: Turkey Trots

Since a cold front came through yesterday, I woke up to 44 degrees and it feels like fall!  It got me thinking about turkey trots, and since I just signed up for one the weekend before Thanksgiving, I'll write about it.


I've done turkey trots both on Thanksgiving day, and the weekend before.  Last year I did RnR Las Vegas two weeks before Thanksgiving, so I considered that my workout.  The Thanksgiving turkey trot was in 2012, when I was back in Massachusetts visiting my parents.  This one was fun since I saw a lot of people I hadn't seen since high school.  My mom and I did the 5k together, and my dad did the 5-miler. 

In 2015, my cousin and I signed up for a pumpkin spice series out in Fort Worth.  I did the 5k and she did the 15k.  This was when I was battling my ITBS, which always acted up no matter what I did.  That wasn't going to stop me though.  The wind was crazy at this race, and I felt a little frozen when I got home.  No matter, I got the race done, and no worries getting something in on Thanksgiving morning.


While both turkey trots are fun, I have to say I felt much more relaxed doing the race the weekend before.  Even when my friends and I did Thanksgiving potluck style, knowing I had to get stuff done and then head over to their house put pressure on the morning.  After getting up early every day for work, I wanted to sleep in Thanksgiving morning and worry about getting out the door for a run.

I have noticed there's been an increase in the number of races around Thanksgiving, either the weekend before or after.  Which do y'all prefer?


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10 comments:

  1. We've put on a free Turkey Trot the morning of Thanksgiving for the past 5 or 6 years. Every year, we've had bigger turnouts. It starts at 8:00 for a group pic, then we run at 8:15 (people have the option of 1-mile, 2-miles or 5K route). There are no awards, it's just a fun hour of exercise before we all return home for the big feast. We encourage food donations to our local pantry, and that's been a huge success. It's pretty nice doing the race, collecting all the donations, then returning home to the aroma of the turkey in the oven ;-)

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    1. That does sound like fun. This race series also is asking for donations for the food pantry.

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  2. There's a local TT half marathon the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I'm on the fence this year because running's been tough for me. It will definitely be a last minute decision.

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    1. Might be fun, especially if the weather is good.

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  3. I do enjoy doing the turkey trot, even though I host Thanksgiving for my family. Luckily the one I do is quite close, relatively small, and FREE. Which helps if the weather is atrocious, but I've been doing it for like the past 3 years & haven't missed one due to weather yet.

    I am just a happier person if I got my run on first. :)

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    1. I did feel accomplished the year we did it on Thanksgiving Day. I like both options.

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  4. I've never done a Turkey Trot! I plan to do one this year though, so that will be exciting!

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  5. I love a good turkey trot on thanksgiving day. Sadly, there aren’t any available in my area since my running group went away. I guess I’ll have to stick with the local race the weekend before!

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