I love a good Turkey Trot! There’s something about running a race & burning some calories before spending the day with family & friends gorging on all of the amazing food. This was my 3rd year in a row running a Turkey Trot – & all 3 years I’ve done a different race. This was by far my favorite one out of the 3!
I signed up for Sewickley’s (a town just outside of the city) Turkey Trot because it was close & the store I run for was timing it. The race was set to start at 8:30am, so I arrived a little before 8am & parking was easy at the hospital garage across the street.
Packet pick-up was easy as well, it was upstairs in the community center & I grabbed my packet & put my bib on. The packet had some cool goodies! A pair of sunglasses, chapstick, some coupons, etc. The shirt was a long sleeve cotton shirt which I had planned to change into afterwards since I had a 4 hour drive down to my Dad’s directly after I finished the race.
I lined up about 10 minutes before the race was set to start. It was thankfully not very cold.. I got away with wearing long tights & a long sleeve shirt. Honestly, I could have worn a capris & had been fine. Apparently there was an announcement & the singing of the National Anthem, but I couldn’t hear anything. I don’t think the speaker system was great, which was a shame because I don’t think any of us knew what was going on, especially when it was 8:35 & the race hadn’t started yet.
Finally, they started us & we were off! The course was pretty flat, which was exactly what I needed! It ran us past some absolutely gorgeous homes in Sewickley. I know some Pittsburgh Penguins players live over there – including Mario Lemieux – but I’m not entirely sure where at they live. Regardless, the town was beautiful & I was jealous of everyone’s amazing houses!
I kept a pretty steady pace but my breathing was really labored. It was really humid! My legs felt great & it wasn’t terribly hard to hang on to a certain pace, it was just very hard to breathe.
Mile 1: 10:03 | Mile 2: 10:15 | Mile 3: 10:47 | .1 9:39
The first mile was pretty much downhill & a big hill was at the end of mile 3. I hate when races have a huge hill at the end… RUDE! I walked a few seconds up it before just deciding to bust my butt up the hill & finish the dang race strong!
Once I crossed the finish line, I saw some friendly faces & tried catching my breath. Whew! I was happy to be done but was really thrilled with the paces I gave! I grabbed a Gatorade, a water & a granola bar & headed back to my car. Off to my Dad’s I went for Thanksgiving day!
I am definitely planning on making this my annual Turkey Trot, as long as they keep it going. It was flat, fast & was a great town to run in! Registration & packet pick up was smooth, & it was well organized. I’d recommend this Turkey Trot to anyone looking for a new one for next year!
Do you have an annual Turkey Trot you run? Do you have a race tradition you do every year?