2016 Troy Turkey Trot 10K

It’s somewhat of a tradition for my friends and I to run the Troy Turkey Trot 10K on Thanksgiving morning.



You may have noticed I haven’t been running much lately! I’ve had a reoccurring hip issue for the past few months. I took the entire month of October off from running and skipped two half marathons I was signed up for, hoping that it would get better. On Halloween I ran for the first time in a month, with short runs here and there after that, nothing over four miles. I had thought my hip was healed!

At about mile 5 of the Turkey Trot, my hip started aching (not enough to stop mid-race, however). I managed to finish the race at about a 10:18 average pace per mile, which is okay considering I haven’t been running regularly.


After the race we stopped for some coffee and breakfast, which was fun. I’m so thankful for all my running friends and for the running community, and I miss our group runs and races. I’ve started doing some hip and glute strengthening exercises in hopes of healing my hip for good, so with some more time off from running, I’m hoping it heals so I can start a training plan for a goal race in the spring.


Troy Turkey Trot 10K


Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a great day today. I started out my thanksgiving this morning with the Turkey Trot in Troy! It was my third time running this race but the first time doing the 10K.


I didn’t really want to leave my apartment this morning to go running in 20mph winds and 23 degrees…but I’ve ran in worse so I had no excuse.


Christine and I shivering before the race for started.

I did a 2.3 mile warm up before the race to stay warm so once I got running it wasn’t too bad.

My only goal for the 10K was to finish under an hour. I kept a steady 9:20 pace for most of the race but couldn’t seem to go any faster. The course is an out and back that goes to north Troy along the river which I thought was nicer than the 5K. We also went over the Green Island bridge which was kind of cool! Reminded me of my usual running route when I was living in Troy.


The wind got pretty brutal during the last mile and I just wanted to be done! 10K completed in 58:52.


This was also the first race shorter than a half marathon where we got medals! Kind of cool!

Now some pictures from today’s thanksgiving feast!








Virtual Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a great turkey day! I know mine was nice.

I started off the morning with my own turkey trot since I wasn’t running any local races this year. It was a nice little 9 mile loop I also like to call the loop of death because of some monstrous hills. I ran this route a lot during marathon training to get me ready for the race. Its peaceful but the hills are killer–they never get easier.



The run was tough, but I finished it with an average pace of 10:29…I was aiming for 10 minute mile but the hills just slow me down! I don’t think my legs are 100% recovered yet.

After my turkey trot, I headed to my parents for Thanksgiving dinner (or should I say lunch? We always eat super early!)



My plate of goodies. I didn’t have any turkey this year, but I did enjoy the delicious sides my mom made. Of course I went back for seconds of a few. 😉 I think my favorites were the sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese…both of which weren’t even on my plate yet in this picture. My uncle also brought over some New York wines that he got when he visited some wineries. The Riesling was my favorite.


It was a lovely dinner. I’m so thankful I have a great family to celebrate with.


Bethlehem Turkey Trot 5K + Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving!


Today marks my 13th (last probably last) race of 2010! And it was the first race I went to completely alone! Not that I minded, but it was weird not having someone there to wait with and chat with and meet at the finish line.

Last year I ran the Troy Turkey Trot, and this year I decided to run the first Our Towne Bethlehem Turkey Trot! For one, it is way closer to where I live than Troy, and for two, there are less people running and I had a better a chance of PRing!

I woke up early to the sun coming up in my backyard. Gorgeous!


And I had some apple cinnamon waffles for breakfast.


I got to Delmar about an hour early to register for the race (I did day of registration), and do a two mile warm up.

Warm up
Mile 1 – 10:26
Mile 2 – 10:00

Time to race!

The course was flat, but kind of boring, It went through a residential area off of Delaware Avenue. I didn’t bring my camera with me, so I have no race photos.

The race
Mile 1 – 8:08
Mile 2 – 8:24
Mile 3 – 8:18
Mile .03 – :14 (the course was short?)

Total elapsed time – 25:05 (new 5K PR!)
Average pace – 8:16/mile
Average speed – 7.2 mph

After this race, I’ve decided I’m not a big fan of the 5K distance. I push myself hard during the race in order to PR. and I end up running so fast I feel uncomfortable! I was dying by the end, mostly because I’m not used to running for speed! But I’m happy with my time!


I think I was the only one wearing the hideous fluorescent green Stockade-athon shirt! ha.

I felt good enough at the end to run a few cool down miles, so I ran around Delmar some more.

Cool down
Mile 1 – 10:01
Mile 2 – 9:52
Mile .39 – 3:58

Total for today: 7.3 miles

Then it was time to come home and help my mom and get the side dishes ready for Thanksgiving dinner!

Green beans and goat cheese


Orange cranberry sauce



My mom made apple cornbread stuffing.


and roasted acorn squash! I put the stuffing into the squash and it was INCREDIBLE!!!



My dad with his wild turkey!


Mulled wine that I got at the apple fest…best served warm!



My plate! Yes, I ate a little bit of the wild turkey. Honestly, it didn’t do much for me. I felt good about eating it, but the taste was a bit dried out. I guess wild turkeys don’t have a lot of fat on them, so the meat tends to be a bit tough.


Me and my sister.




Then it was time for dessert!

Pumpkin date nut bars


Carrot pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting (that I made from an organic cake mix Chris got me in San Fran!)


My mom made an apple pie, requested by my dad!


My grandma brought pumpkin pie and chocolate cake.

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My uncle brought dessert wine, from the Finger Lakes! And he didn’t even know about my Green Challenge! 🙂



For dessert I chose the carrot pumpkin cake + some chocolate cake! I also had a bite of pumpkin pie, which confirmed my distaste for it. For some reason I love everything pumpkin, but pie! I think its a texture thing!


I had two small slices of the carrot pumpkin, it was so moist and delicious!!! Yum! I saved the rest of the cake for Chris, so he can try it! Dessert was excellent and in my opinion, the best part of Thanksgiving!

This year I’m thankful for:

  • my wonderful family
  • my awesome boyfriend
  • my friends (+new blends!)
  • my crazy cat


  • my ability to run and enjoy it
  • races!
  • incredible food + drinks
  • life!

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?


The Thanksgiving Dilemma Part II

Some of you may be wondering about what I’ll be eating Thursday on Thanksgiving if you’ve read my Thanksgiving Dilemma post a few weeks ago.

I’m actually pretty happy to say that my dad was successful in his turkey hunting adventures and came  home one day with not only one, but two wild turkeys!

And yes, one looked just like this. Sort of.


I do have photos of my dad with his birds. I debated, but I’m not going to post the pictures. Even though I’m proud of my dad, I’m not that comfortable looking at the dead animals myself, and I know many of you probably wouldn’t want to see it either!

I’m actually looking forward to having turkey for Thanksgiving after a seven month hiatus from  eating that kind of meat. And I feel really good that the turkeys came from the wild (and practically my own back yard), rather than a factory farm! As cheesy as this sounds, I would also like to thank the turkey for providing me and my family with a delicious Thanksgiving meal. 🙂

The question remains: will I go back to eating turkey (or chicken) after this? Probably not any time soon. 🙂 Although, I may partake in the Thanksgiving leftovers and enjoy a wild turkey sandwich.