Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Long Beach Turkey Trot recap!

I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving holiday!
My family <3 (minus a couple who couldn't be there)
Every year, my family and I run the local Turkey Trot the morning of THanksgiving before indulging in our delicious Thanksgiving dinner.  Here is my post from last year.  It's a great run because it's along the beach path and it's very flat.  The only downside is that it does bottleneck and get crowded in the beginning.  But it's still beautiful and always fun!

Originally, my November goal #3 was to PR in the Turkey Trot and beat my previous best of 33:32.  Over the last couple weeks I have been increasing my mileage and going to the gym to strength train, but as the fun run came closer, that's what I realized it was going to be - a FUN RUN.  I didn't think I'd PR, and honestly, I didn't care.  I shifted my focus to fun instead of time.  After all, I was there to have a great time with my family, and see my two nephews run, and be pushed in a stroller, their first 5K.

It took me by surprise when I hit the "stop" button on my Garmin crossing the finish line and saw 30:04.  30:04?!  I actually PR'd?  And by THREE MINUTES?  Holy moly!  I was am still pumped!  There definitely is something to be said for going into a race with the mentality to just have fun.

To put it in perspective, my 2009 Turkey Trot time was 34:18.  I shaved 4 minutes and 14 seconds off my time over the last year.  For me, that's a great measure of progress and growth :)

Here are some pictures from the run:
Me, my brother, my nephew (his 1st 5K!, my cousin, and my cousin (1621's mom)
Me with my two brothers, my sister-in-law, and their sons (my nephews)
My big bro and his son, who "cruised" his first 5K
Me and my baby bro
Our Turkey-Trotting family <3

Did you guys run a turkey trot?  How'd it go?


  1. That is a really good family photo - I love it!

    No turkey trot for me, I just played and played with my niece all weekend.

  2. Congrats on a such a great PR!!! Wahooo! It poured down raining here so we skipped the turkey trots and did our own in a local park when the rain lightened up a bit.

  3. Congrat Maggie on your PR! To bad I missed you, I headed out pretty quick cause I was totally sick. I did have a great time though, I will definitely be there again next year!!