Thanksgiving and the Turkey Trot Recap

The holidays are always over too quickly! As I said yesterday, we had a great few days hosting family and then decorating the house and relaxing just the four of us. I’m linking up with Katie today for MIMM. A few photos from the weekend:


Mom and Julia Thanksgiving 2014


Thanksgiving fruit

Making a fruit “turkey”

Thanksgiving decorating

Thanksgiving gma and baby



The Turkey Trot was fun, too.  It’s named after Horace Ashenfelter, who was the Olympic Gold Medalist in the 3000m steeplechase in 1952.  He still comes to the race and passes out mugs to the top 100 male and female finishers.  This is one competitive field of runners- in last year’s results the 100th finisher was running 6:00 pace for the 5 miles!

It was a great course with small rolling hills.  Other than feeling a little sluggish and “off” from being sick, I really enjoyed it.  And I don’t think my running was drastically effected… on a better day, I think I could have run slightly faster but not by a whole lot.

I eased into the race with my slowest mile (7:14) as I tried to get a feel for how my stomach was feeling and how to pace the race.  From there, I settled in just under 7:00 minute pace (6:56, 6:59, 6:59 and 6:49.)

The last mile was my strongest.  I remember passing a woman who was yelling “run fast, finish strong” and that became my mantra for the final mile!

Ashenfelter Turkey Trot

It’s a race I’d love to do every year that we’re here for Thanksgiving. There is also a one mile race which would be fun to do with L next year if she’s up for it!

Did you do a Turkey Trot?

Do you use mantras to get you through the final portion of a race?

What else did you do with the long weekend?

29 thoughts on “Thanksgiving and the Turkey Trot Recap

  1. Great job! I definitely use my mantras and one of my favs is “set your pace, run your race!” It usually keeps me from going out too fast or chasing someone too early :-) That turkey looks delicious. Hope you’re feeling better and are ready to get back to reality…
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  2. Nice job in the run! That’s a great mantra. When I was running my marathon I found myself saying “just run your own race” over and over. I think it was because there were so many people around me, and I kept finding myself around the 3:45 pace group that was too crowded to stick with. It helped me focus on running consistent splits with a faster finish, the way I had done my training runs.
    Glad you guys had a good Thanksgiving!
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  3. Nice job Laura! It always feels good when your last mile is your fastest. I did run my first turkey trot, and it was a lot of fun, even though I was under heavy restrictions not to go any faster than my hamstring would allow. But I managed a 5:45 at the end, which shows I am definitely getting there! Woooohhhoooo! LOVE the cuties in the pics here, what adorable little eyes :)
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  4. I am just amazed at how fast you are- even when the conditions are sub-optimal. Way to go on finishing strong!
    Since I have moved back to Houston in 2010, I have been running the Sugar Land Turkey Trot every year. It is a small and fun 5 miler. There are prize money involved with the top 3 as well as master winners and this attracts many top notch athletes. For example, this year, the top men broke the course record and finished 5 miles in 23:57. Top 3 women all finished under 29 mins!
    Lately, my end of race mantra has been “BON Racing Team Sprint to the Finish.” :)
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  5. No Turkey Trot in Houston…I took a 90 minute killer yoga class. It was awesome and totally kicked my butt. The rest of the weekend I spent it with friends, long walks in the park with Lucy, and just relaxing. It felt so good. I’m ready for December and ready for Christmas. :) Happy Monday friend! XOXO
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