turkey trot la.

30 Nov

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  I had a great couple of days spending time with my family and eating delicious food.

I kicked off Thanksgiving Day with the Turkey Trot in Downtown LA. I decided to run the 5k and the 10k back-to-back because it was a good deal ($50 to race 9 miles? DONE) and because I am crazy.

My roommate decided to do the 10k, and her mom and sister were walking the 5k, so they picked us up and we all carpooled together over to City Hall.

It was a gorgeous day to be out there. 1454857_10102651680477873_1300274210_n

The 5k started at 7:45.  I dropped a few cans of food I brought for the drive the Turkey Trot was doing for the LA Regional Food Bank.  I know this race was for-profit, but I like the fact they still made it about something bigger than itself.



There was a slight delay — but beyond that, it was a great race.  I used bag check (possibly for the first time ever at a race) because I had to change chips out for the second race.

I moseyed to the start and ran into my friend Kevin from my running group and his little brother.  I also knew Katherine and her boyfriend were there but didn’t see them before the race got going — and I had checked my phone at bag check…social media fail.

The course was challenging — we started at 1st and Spring and had a hilly first mile.  The second mile was gentle downhill all along Spring street, out to 8th or 9th. We turned around and came back the last mile, which was gradual uphill.

My goal was to try and race the 5k and to hang on for the 10k and run it as a shake-out run.  I was happy to see some familiar faces out on the course (I saw Katherine in Mile 3!) and to run through DTLA.  My splits were as follows (I think they reflect the difficulty of the course)

Mile 1 – 7:00

Mile 2 – 6:45

Mile 3 – 7:00

Finish: 20:48  (My Garmin had the race distance at JUST over 3 miles). I was super happy with the speedy time.  I finished 2nd in my age group (25-29), 8th woman overall.


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I had maybe 20 minutes to change my timing chip, re-hydrate, and to approach the starting line again.  For the 10k, I wanted to just run controlled.  My goal was to hit 8 minute miles and to enjoy it.  I wanted to run strong but I knew my legs were tired (I’d worked out pretty hard on Wednesday).

Surprisingly, I felt better and stronger than I realized.

Mile 1 – 7:54

Mile 2 – 7:09

Mile 3 – 7:32

Mile 4 – 7:53

Mile 5 – 7:26

Mile 6 – 7:37

0.16 – 2:26

I was surprised I was keeping everything under 8, even on the hilly first and fourth miles, but I’ll take it. My Garmin had my finish at 47:57.  I was 6th in my age group, 89th woman overall.

I immediately put on my compression sleeves and headed to meet up with my roommate’s sister and mom to cheer on Jenn as she finished.  She was smiling and happy every time I saw her on the course. She broke 65 minutes which is definitely a strong time on a challenging course!


I really had a great time at this event.  It was well-managed, the course was fun, and I liked that they gave out trucker hats as opposed to the usual cotton T I wear only to bed.  I also loved running in my ‘hood (I love DTLA and want everyone to love it as much as I do), getting to run with some of my running club peeps, getting to share the experience with Jenn, and this epic Christmas tree in Grand Park:


9 + miles, one trucker hat, and 3 medals later = GET AT ME PUMPKIN PIE

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Did you Turkey Trot? Where/When/details please!

9 Responses to “turkey trot la.”

  1. katymarie5 November 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Awesome times! Congratulations! Bummed I wasn’t able to make the Turkey Trot this year, hopefully next year!

    • gillian November 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Thank you! Yes next year for sure — you’ll like it! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

      On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM, That's G

      • katymarie5 November 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

        I did! Lots of fun, family time and food – never can go wrong with that combo 🙂 I hope you did as well!

  2. Brittany November 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    I love that you ran both of these races!!! AND HOLY SPEED DEMON! Way to kill them both!!

    • gillian November 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Haha thanks Britt!!

  3. Ashley December 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Woah speedy! Congrats on two great races!

    • gillian December 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Haha thank you! It was a fun morning!

      On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 3:54 PM, That's G


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