Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great holiday week/weekend! I kicked off Thanksgiving morning with the 8 mile course at the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot this year and had a blast! I’ve never run the 8 mile course, as in the past I’ve always opted for the 5k, but this year my Dad and I decided to step it up and really work up a Thanksgiving feast appetite by increasing our mileage! Thankfully we could not have asked for better weather, plus the promise of eating everything within a 10 foot radius after the race made the incentive to run a little faster more worth it.
- Pumpkin Spice 5k Long Sleeve T-Shirt
- Nike Pro Hyper Cool Crop Leggings (Here)
- Sweaty Bands Robot Run headband (BB-8 design) (Here)
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Apple Watch
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
This course, given that took place mostly in downtown Dallas, was entirely on road. The first 3.5 miles of this race were flat, and I felt absolutely great! Cut to every half a mile afterwards and it was nothing but inclines. Towards the end I would just walk if the incline was especially steep (and there were a few!) just so I wouldn’t burn out before the race was over.
With the exception of the few hills, I had a great time! The weather was perfect, and in restrospect I think I could have gotten away with wearing shorts or short sleeve t-shirt. It’s crazy to think the last two times I ran the trot I was head to toe covered in layers and absolutely freezing, and this year I worked up a pretty good sweat! The first year I ran it I had to wear full length leggings, with sweatpants on top, and then I layered a sweat wicking tank, underneath a long sleeve t-shirt and a hoodie. How nice it must be to live somewhere with consistent seasons…
My biggest and only gripe with this race is that they got rid of the petting zoo! Every year there is a little petting zoo with a few farm animals, and it’s my favorite part of the whole event! Am I an adult and should not care about getting to pet a goat? Probably, but have you seen a baby goat? They are adorable and petting one can easily take your day from 0 to 100. Other than that I was happy to pick up my free water bottle and banana, see everyone in their turkey outfits (there were several people in full costume), and check out downtown Dallas on a beautiful fall day.
Did you run the Turkey Trot in your town this year?