My first turkey trot provided a second opportunity to wear a running costume. Races in October, November, and December are for fun and dressing up so I took full advantage of that.

The starting line is when I realized not everyone will wear a turkey trot running outfit.

I ran the Five Star NTP Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. They offered distances of 5K, 10K, 15K, and half marathon. I originally registered to run the 15K but I thought I was going to have shoulder surgery so I wasn’t trained up for it. I decided to delay the surgery a couple of weeks ago so I re-registered but signed up for the 10K.

Starting line
Fast runners lined up and ready to go!

This Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot was offered for a cheap price ($17 or free if you’ve ran another event with this company within the year). I ran 2 of their races this summer so I jumped on the opportunity for a free race. However, we had to pay extra for the swag. I bought the finishers’ medal ($7) and a long sleeve cotton shirt ($15)…so it wasn’t truly a free race for me because I like to collect medals and shirts from all events. A couple guys (no bibs) were laughing and smoking cigarettes right next to all the runners. Just what runners need, right?! ERR! RUDE! Anyhow, I’m giving myself a pat on the back for maintaining mileage by running 3 times a week during the offseason and for participating in road races every month!

WHAT I WORE:  I wanted an excuse to make a turkey t-shirt and running tutu. I found directions via Pinterest and will post a DIY step by step tutorial. It was a few hours of labor over a couple of days because what parent has time to sit down for a few hours straight!? Here is how it turned out!

Race outfit
Waving hello to my family.

The weather was 40 degrees F so I wore a Bayleaf fleece top and Fabletics leggings, gloves, visor, and wool socks.

RESULTS: I finished in 59 minutes (chip time) and 1:00:20 gun time. I placed 6th in my age group! This is my 2nd fastest 10K I’ve ran. It was nice to run a race for FUN instead of trying to PR.

Turkey Trot 10k

Have you ever run a turkey trot?

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