Trotting with the Turkey

Hey hey! Thank you to everyone who commented on and read my Veterans Day post. I am very proud and thankful that both of my parents served in the U.S. Navy. They’re awesome!

In my recent turkey themed post, I mentioned that I was going to run a Turkey Trot 5k at my school on Saturday.

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The Turkey Trot was a blast! All of the proceeds benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The race is extra special to me because the race director (and kinesiology instructor) actually has cystic fibrosis.

She was my “boss” when I used to work at the campus gym, and I’ve taken some of her classes. It felt good to know that my race entry fee went towards a very important cause.


Speaking of working at the campus gym, the last time I ran the Turkey Trot was when I worked there in 2010! I also worked at the event. Here’s the blog post from back in the day. Please ignore my horrible writing skills… I was only a freshman, okay?!

I remember feeling extremely stressed out in the weeks leading up to the race because my co-workers and I had to plan the whole thing! Up until that time, I had never realized just how much work goes into creating a race–from finding sponsors to hiring a timing company and filling race “swag bags,” etc.


Anyways. I was really happy with my time this year.

I ran it in 22:22 (7:12 pace) and was the second place woman and first in my age group. The race is notorious for its huge hill. Basically, the race course goes like this: run 1.5 miles down a super steep hill. Turn around. Run 1.5 miles up the same hill. The end. Fun times 😉

As a side note, this was the first 5k I’ve ran in a long time. I actually can’t remember the last time I ran a 5k?! I’m glad I did it, though. I had a blast, and it was fun to run with all of my classmates! I hope to do another race sometime soon.

Or maybe not… because the temperature in Pittsburgh has been below freezing the past few days, haha!


Have you ever ran a Turkey Trot?

What’s the hardest race course you’ve ever run? (For me: this one or this one!)


  1. The hardest road race I’ve done was probably the James Island Connector Run 10K a few weeks ago. We don’t really have hills here minus man-made ones like bridges, so I hate saying there were hills… I say there were “inclines”. LOL. Anyway, it was 6 “hills/inclines” but mostly the surface of the Connector made it hard, because it’s like a bridge and def. not forgiving on the knees. That hill does look super steep and that’s a great 5K time regardless but especially with the hill, yikes! One thing about downhills in a race is remembering that they always go back up… =/.

  2. Woot congratulations on the age group placing! That must give you a great feeling… whenever I placed, it provided me with an extra boost of “I love running” haha 🙂 The hardest race I’ve ever done was my 4th Half in Connecticut… when I was running it overtrained and very tired. It was the beginning of all my leg issues!

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