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Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot 8k Race Recap

Gobble, gobble, gobble! Happy Thanksgiving, folks :)

I cannot think of any better way to kick off a day of thanks (and a 4 day weekend) than with a fun race.

Well, it would be better if friends were there...

Oh look, they were! Kelly, her husband, Jen, and Nicole also turkey trotted.

And so did my hubby. I had a goal to beat hubby because I hoped his legs were still sore from his Ironman. But, that didn’t happen :( He still beat me by almost a minute even though he was tired and sick all week. Not cool.

As far as personal time goals for this race, I didn’t know what to expect. I have not done speedwork since tapering for marathon attempt one began almost two months ago.

But I also haven’t run any 5 mile races since last Thanksgiving. My PR is old. All I had to do was keep it below an 8:15 pace, so I knew I’d PR.

This wasn’t going to be my fastest 5 miles ever, but probably my fastest 5 mile race… if that makes sense. I was cool with that.

Close to 8,000 people ran this rainy race.

I started at a conservative pace, dodging strollers and puddles. Before I knew it, the race was half way done. Short races are awesome like that. Note to self, do them more often.

Since I didn’t start out like a bat out of hell, I never burned out. In fact, I felt comfortably uncomfortable the entire race. All of my miles were right around 7:20- exect mile 3 which had a never-ending hill so that was 7:29).

I shocked myself and finished under 37 minutes. An 8k PR of 36:40 (gun time), 7:22 pace. I didn’t think I had it in me :)

The best part? (Well second best after the cool turkey shirt.) No stomach problems! My lactose-free diet is not fun, but I feel SO much better.

We’re off to my in-laws on the other side of the state for the long holiday weekend. May you all have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

Have you ever done a turkey trot? Since we moved here last year, I’ve wanted to organize one in my community (I live in a small town right outside Charlotte). But I can only imagine the headache race organizing would cause.

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  1. Congrats on the PR! Can I be you when I grow up? I’d love to be as fast as your slow. Lol Glad your tummy issues have been resolved, too! Happy T day! :)

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, speedy! You sure know how to celebrate :)

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! In Florida with Irondad and my family! Hope you guys have a wonderful day :-)

  4. Nice work! And that’s pretty close to hubby- if I could come in so close to mine I’d be stoked!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Congrats on your PR! What a great way to start Thanksgiving. The military base my husband is stationed at had a Turkey Trot 5k/10k on the 14th. It ran the 10k while my daughter, age 8, who ran the 5k with her dad, won her age division and a free turkey! It was a lot of fun.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  6. Congrats on the PR! I got one too (though it was automatic since it was my first race)

  7. My mom & I organized a Gobble Wobble turkey trot 5K and today was the 8th annual race. It’s a small race – we get bib numbers donated, collect a small race fee for our church’s youth group, and collect food for the food bank. It started out with around 30 people but there were 90 people this year! It’s pretty easy to coordinate because it’s on dirt roads, so there isn’t too much traffic.

  8. wowza! so speedy! congratulations on an incredible PR! and i love that top by the way, you look fantastic!

  9. You are so speedy! Nice job on a great race. I didn’t run today and I desperately need it after everything I ate today. Maybe tomorrow? I’ve always wanted to organize a race too…

  10. You look great; what a relief to have finally figured out the stomach issues. Your times will probably keep dropping.
    I have to say I love the way you describe your race: “comfortably uncomfortable.” That is definitely how I would describe a good race!

  11. Dang! Nice job! That is incredibly speedy.

    I’ve been doing the Atlanta Marathon or Half Marathon on Thanksgiving morning for the last few years. It’s an Atlanta tradition! :)

  12. Great job on the PR! I LOVED my turkey trot! I think I might have to make that a tradition :)

  13. Congratulations speedster!! Awesome job! :) What a great way to start off Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the holiday and are having a great weekend!

  14. Yay for a PR! Your husband must be seriously fast to beat you so soon after his ironman.

  15. I did my first Turkey Trot—it was actually called a “Gobble Wobble” hehe—this year. It was a 5K and we had a blast. My family all dressed up as pilgrims and Indians!

  16. That is quite a time! I wanted to do a Turkey Trot this year, but the price was like 40 dollars for a 5k. I just ran my own (free) 5k.

  17. Way to go, Jen! You did an awesome job! Yay for a PR!! :0)

  18. Congrats on a great run! That’s so awesome that your stomach didn’t hurt! I’m sure the new diet isn’t fun, but that’s great that you feel better again.

    I did a Turkey Trot too – it was so fun and the perfect start to Thanksgiving!

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