Happy Thanksgiving from two turkeys!
(Turkeys doing the chicken dance. We’re a rare breed of fowl.)
Early this morning, Ryan, my sister, her boyfriend and I participated in a local turkey trot in Sarasota. We had so much fun in the race last year that we decided to sign up again and I’m so glad we did!
My sister and I reused the fun turkey hats we made last year to show our Thanksgiving spirit.
The turkey trot had both 10K and 5K course options and Ryan and I did the 10K while Leslie and Ross did the 5K. Our 10K started at 8 a.m. and we didn’t give ourselves nearly enough time to check in, attach our race bibs and line up at the starting line. Next time we’ll definitely arrive earlier because I felt a little flustered. (<—It took an awful lot of strength to withhold a pun about my turkey feathers being ruffled right there.) We started at the very back of the pack and were caught in some race congestion for the first half mile or so.
Just like last year, we ran over the huge Ringling bridge that we dubbed Mount Sarasota.
It was also rather windy, so I ran up behind Ryan to “draft” which made him laugh when he glanced over his back to see a bunch of feathers running close behind him. I’m a sneaky little gobbler.
Despite my ridiculous drafting attempts, I still felt rather sluggish during the race. Since the course was rather congested in the beginning, I started off jogging and never seemed to get the urge to pick up my pace. We took it easy and even though I scaled back my pace a bit, I still struggled through the race. I just couldn’t get into the running groove, but managed to run the whole thing and face planted into the table of orange slices after Ryan and I crossed the finish line.
We quickly met up with Leslie and Ross and enjoyed the post-race goodies before driving back to my mother-in-law’s house to shower and eat a fantastic breakfast.
My mother-in-law made a blueberry cream cheese French toast casserole with fresh fruit and we wasted no time digging in. It was a great way to kick off a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sarah @PickyRunner says
You guys look so much alike! Love the turkey dance 🙂
Sounds like a fun race, hope it was an equally wonderful day!
Malia @ emmaandmalia says
Love turkey trots! I find them really non competitive and fun 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!
char eats greens says
Sounds like such a fun race…especially since I love Sarasota!!! Sorry you felt sluggish, but at least you got out there 🙂
I love that your family members hang out with your in-laws! I’ve found that to be one of the unexpected bonuses of getting married – my husband’s family and mine enjoy doing holidays together.
Fizz @ fizzsbizz says
Sounds like you had a great start to a (hopefully) awesome thanksgiving! I ran a turkey trot this morning too in New York, 5k and my first ever race! Was so fun and I’m definitely keen on making it a turkey day tradition. You and your siss are so cute! I can’t wait for my own sissy times in 5 days!!
What a great way to celebrate thanksgiving in a healthy way!
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie says
Very fun! Way to get in some exercise on Thanksgiving!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
I did my first Turkey Trot this year and had so much fun! And then the fact that I PRed made it extra special! 😉
julie @ peanut butter fingers says
that’s awesome!! congrats to you!
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says
Good job getting out there and running! What a great way to start the Thanksgiving day 🙂 .
Brittany Peters says
I ran a turkey trot today and I felt a bit sluggish too! I hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!
What a fun way to start the day!
I just found your blog! You’re adorable! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
julie @ peanut butter fingers says
so glad you found me! thanks for commenting!
Looks like fun! I wish we had a race like that here at Christmas…though it would be hella cold! French toast casserole…sounds epic!
Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes says
Nice costumes! Only a handful of people dressed up at the turkey trot I did. I really wanted to rock a costume … maybe next year. 😉
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
I had the same race number as Ross when I did my first (and only) race. Is it bad that I killed myself laughing when I opened the package and saw the number?
julie @ peanut butter fingers says
not at all. we were dying when we saw it. 🙂 best race number everrr.
I thought the exact same thing…lucky!!
I LOVE doing turkey trots but haven’t been able to do one in the past few years since I teach my RPM classes every Thanksgiving morning now. When I do race on holiday’s, it’s always with family or friends. So much fun! 🙂
I ran a turkey trot this year for the first time and omg there were so many people!! Over 3,000 so I totally get the whole dodging the crowds thing lol I used my friend as a shield hahaha
Karey @ Nutty About Health says
You & your sister are just too funny! Love the above pic of you two doing your birdie thang. 😉 Glad you had a great Thanksgiving morning with the race! I love close you all are to each other! That French toast casserole sounds so good!!
Leslie and Ross need to get engaged ASAP. 🙂
Kerry @ Totes My Oats says
Such a great start to Thanksgiving Day! I love the pics!
Greg White says
That was such a fun day!
Erica @ For the Sake of Cake says
That French toast casserole sounds amazing!
Haley S says
Hahaha! This post is way too adorable! So so funny!
Toni Lupro says
Whaaat?! I’ve never even heard of a breakfast like that. Mmm. Everyone seems to have so much fun with their Turkey Trot races that I really wish I would have done one (and I’m not even a runner in any sense).
Rachel Boller - Busy Mama says
OMG French toast casserole?!?!?!!!?? Frantic searching of Pinterest starting…. NOW!
Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian says
Sounds like a fun race. I did my 5 miles on the treadmill, sadly no fun turkey costume!
Bek @ Crave says
What a delicious and extravagant looking breakfast! The most adventurous our breakfasts (I keep typing dessert haha!) get are bacon and eggs. Good job on the race!
Found your blog today! Looks like a great day was had by all!
Joe @ The Frolicking Fells says
I did a Turkey Trot in Cleveland. It was my first one ever and I had a blast! Knocked out 5 miles in 47:06.
Meredith @ RunMeriGRun says
I totally need a turkey hat next year! That’s exactly what my Turkey Trot was missing! Also maybe a tutu.
Haha I was 69 for my first 5k! Of course I couldnt help but make sexual comments about it!
Sara @ fitcupcaker.com says
The turkey trot looked like so much fun! And that blueberry cream cheese french toast, what else could be better. I need that recipe!
Do you find that wearing compression socks help a lot when doing long races? I have never worn them before but I am doing a half-marathon soon and was wondering if they were worth it
Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit says
Love the puns!! No need to resist 😉
Alexa @ Bless Your Heart says
I’m so jealous! Last year I was able to run the Turkey Trot as well, but this year I was stuck at work. Turkey Trot is always the best way to start Thanksgiving!
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