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December 2, 2014

Detroit Turkey Trot Drumstick Double

Hi friends! I’m coming to you a lot later than normal today.

I had a busy afternoon training at the gym! I only have a short window of time to pop in before I need to get back out the door, but I wanted to share my Turkey Trot race recap with you.

Let’s get straight to it!

Detroit Turkey Trot Drumstick Double

My Thanksgiving morning started early with a 4:30 a.m. wake up call. Scott was already signed up to work the parade in Downtown Detroit, so I thought it would be fun to participate and race in the Turkey Trot 10K with my mom beforehand.

I had to do a bit of convincing (she does not like being out in the cold!), but she agreed, and I was looking forward to completing a race with her again. The last time we raced together was back in 2012!

By the time we left, picked up Scott’s friend, and made our way downtown, my mom and I were dropped off close to the starting line right before 7 a.m. We had plans to stop by the Cobo Center to check a bag and get rid of my puffer vest layer, but we decided to find a restroom instead.

We walked into a hotel close to the start line to use the restroom and the line was out the door. There’s no way I was going to run over 9 miles with a full bladder, so we agreed to wait it out. I was getting really nervous when I saw runners in my wave leave for the start line while I was still in line.

We were next in line at exactly 7:30 a.m., and I became very frustrated that I wasn’t in my place to race. That’s the first time I have ever completely missed the kick-off! We hurried as fast as we could and found our way into Wave 4. I was disappointed to have missed my wave, but I knew I could catch up if I really tried.

I had just enough time to put my music on, snap a quick photo and set out for the first part of the race!

turkey trot 10k with mom

I worked hard to politely dodge runners left and right in order to get up to my planned pace. I know I pushed myself and ran harder than I normally do during the beginning few miles.

I don’t know if I ever found my wave, but I did finally reach a place where I could run without dodging around the 4 mile mark. I felt a bit warm with my puffer vest, but there wasn’t anywhere I could have stashed it. So, I ran with it open to cool down a little.

Running downtown brought back memories from running the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon back in October. Only colder. Much, much colder.

canada selfie

(There’s Canada, right behind me! #canadaselfie)

I felt great when I saw the 6 mile mark and knew the end wasn’t far away. For those of you who aren’t familiar with race distances, a 10K is 6.2 miles.

I crossed the finish line at the 52 minute mark. My bib literally clocked me in at 52:00. I shaved :35 off of my last 10K PR, so I was excited to see it!

Everyone running the 10K veered to the left for water and snacks, and everyone running the Drumstick Double (10K + 5K) veered to the right. I grabbed a water bottle over the divider on my way back to the start line and followed the crowd. Everything seemed to be moving seamlessly.

drumstick double thanksgiving detroit

I reached into my FlipBelt for fuel in the form of a Gu Chomp, then sadly realized I didn’t put my pack in there. Bummer! I definitely felt like I could have used the sugar refuel and pick-me-up.

I chugged my water and tried to find my wave at the 5K start line.

drumstick double 5k start line

Just like last time, I couldn’t move. I had no chance of making it to the wave I signed up for in this type of crowd. I barely made it through to leave with Wave 5 this time! I found a girl who was in my same predicament and we were both pretty frustrated.

My “group” made it up to the start line 16 minutes after Wave 1 started. I knew it was going to be more of a challenge to weave through the crowd this time, but I tried my best to do so. I had my heart set on a good 5K time!

Racing for time, I became annoyed really quickly. There were walkers, walkers with strollers, and families stopping to be together everywhere I tried to go. I am all for anyone at any fitness level doing this race, I just feel like it could have been organized a lot better.

Maybe put a lane on the side for the Drumstick Double runners to be able to get to their wave? Maybe state a run on the left, walk on the right rule?

I don’t know… those two things could have saved a lot of trouble for a lot of people. I felt like I was stopping, going, cutting corners, and weaving the throughout the entire 3.1 miles.

My fingers started turning numb after the first mile. They felt fine during the 10K, so I could tell the temperature had dropped. I was thankful to have my puffer vest on and zipped that bad boy up!

I crossed the finish line at 28:02, which isn’t a horrible time… but it’s nowhere near my 5K PR of 22:04! I didn’t think I would beat it, but I thought I would at least clock in around the 25 minute mark. So for that, I was disappointed.

This time, I got to veer to the left after I finished the race. I grabbed water and a banana and went inside to claim my medals. The 10K and 5K runners received their medals outside, but the Drumstick Double runners had to go all the way to the back corner of the conference center to get theirs. That’s another thing that didn’t really make sense to me.

There wasn’t any cell service inside, so I failed to get ahold of my mom while I was waiting in line for the restroom. We finally found each other by the medal area and walked over to get more food. I was very happy to see chocolate chip bagels!

As we were ready to make our way back outdoors, we stopped to snap a celebratory photo.

mom and i after the turkey trot detroit

I was so proud of my mom!

Bundled up, she took running her 6.2 miles in the cold like a champ!

mom with the parade company clown

I took it upon myself to take a post-race selfie with my three medals. I thought it was pretty cool that we got one for each race, then another for the running both of them together! #allthebling

Detroit Drumstick Double Turkey Trot 2014

I also wanted to note that I had more than earned my hearty Thanksgiving dinner (and leftovers) for days to come. Mission accomplished.

Strategically walking slowly outdoors, we each bought a hot coffee on the way out and found the end of the parade. I remember some floats from the years before and saw other new ones.

Unfortunately, we somehow missed the float Scott was working!

detroit thanksgiving day parade 2014

detroit thanksgiving day parade floats

He gave us a call to let us know he was finished, and we walked a good few miles down Woodward Ave. to find him. That’s probably the coldest we were all morning! It was freezing out, but a fun parade to see nonetheless.

america's thanksgiving day parade 2014

We were more than happy to find him soon after that bridge, and couldn’t wait to get home to eat Thanksgiving dinner!

Would I do the Turkey Trot again? Yes. Now I know to arrive extra early, allow for extra long lines to the bathroom, and get to the start line early to be able to make my way up to the front of my assigned wave. Also, wearing a parka wouldn’t have hurt either. Just sayin’.

I plan on going for runs throughout the winter, but nothing too long in the cold temperatures we are at now. Let’s just hope this year doesn’t turn into another Polar Vortex! For now, I am very content working out indoors and saving running outside for the warmer days.

I hope to pick racing back up in the spring!

November 7, 2014

Friday Favorites #62: Week of 11/7

Hello and Happy Friday!! I have a feeling this weekend is going to fly, but then again… what’s new, amiright?

How was your week? Mine was great and filled with activity. Scott and I spent our weeknights entertaining family and exploring new things to do and see in the Detroit area. We are really starting to become acclimated to our surroundings! It’s a nice feeling.

I’m not sure how I feel about the projected cold temperatures in the 30s, however. We’ll see how running that race in it goes.

Anyhow, it’s time for another edition of Friday Favorites! I love to hear what you have been enjoying over the week too, so feel free to play along in the comments section and link up at the bottom!

Friday Favorites #62: Week of 11/7

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• patterned knit tights

Ever since we moved to somewhere seasons actually exist, I have been admittedly obsessed with leggings and tights.

pattern knit tights

I received this pair as a Christmas gift from Scott’s mother two years ago, and they have been my favorite pair yet! I’m pretty sure she got them at a store like TJMaxx or Marshall’s.

I get compliments on them every time I wear them, so I think it’s time to invest in more. Loving: this black & white sweater print, this pink aztec print and this Jacquard-knit print.

• Pure Michigan (with family)

Speaking of Scott’s mother, we really enjoyed her visit here earlier this week! You can catch up on what we have been up to here, here and here.

To kick things off on Scott’s Birthday, we made a trip to Yates for hot cider and donuts for breakfast, per his request.

Yates Cider Mill donuts and cider

You can’t really go wrong with a trip to the cider mill. The food and drinks are always scrumptious, but visiting the apple tents (when they’re open) and walking the beautiful trails are my favorite part.

Yates Cider Mill trail

Any time we have family or friends in town, we make a point to visit Yates!

Scott and Becky yates cider mill trail

Family + Pure Michigan = <3

• L’Oreal Sublime self-tanner

I know I have mentioned this specific product on the blog close to a handful of times.

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion

There are plenty of different self-tanners out there, and you can find a full list of my favorites in my Spray and Self-Tanning 101 post.

This exact version of Sublime (Instant Action) works immediately after you put it on, and I have been applying it every couple of days to keep somewhat of a “tan” going. I chose to quote “tan” because it’s necessary. Tan is one thing I am not these days. But hey, at least there are self-tanners like these to help a sister out!

• Fox Theatre

I’m quickly becoming smitten by all of the historic buildings in Detroit.

Fox Theatre Detroit

The Fox Theatre is known as Detroit’s crown jewel, and the reason is obvious. Everything from the architecture to the (literally) jeweled details in the wooden structures is rich and luxurious.

Fox Theatre inside ceiling

It’s a truly ornate performing arts center unlike any I’ve seen before.

I was blown away by the lobby and in awe of the main stage and auditorium design and details.

Fox Theatre inside details

Fox Theatre stage detail

Scott and I attended our first show at the theatre last night with the Jason Mraz concert as part of his birthday gift.

Scott and I at the Fox Theatre

It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we can’t wait for an excuse to get back!

• Jason Mraz

While we’re on the subject, Jason Mraz is really good in concert. SO good that we have purchased tickets to see him twice now!

Jason Mraz Fox Theatre

(The last time we saw him was a surprise in Tampa, Florida!)

Not only is his voice amazing, but he is hilarious. He was quarky and quick with funny statements and jokes in and out of his songs. Just like before, he had me cracking up the entire time!

One of my favorite parts was him singing live with Raining Jane to this video of them goofing around while performing in Antarctica. I died at the animal dance break at the 3:25 mark. So flipping cute!

I’m just going to go ahead and wrap this section up with Jason Mraz radio.

You’re welcome.

• shawarma

Before the concert, the group of us stopped into the Shawarma Festival in Royal Oak.

Shawarma Festival Royal Oak

What the heck is shawarma, you ask?

shawarma pita and hummus

Shawarma is a sandwich with sliced lamb, chicken, or vegetables and often tahini or salad wrapped in pita bread.

Also known as… delicious.

This particular stand included pickles in their sandwiches and the combination was so, so good! Scott and I washed our meals down with a couple of strawberry lichi (lychee) juices which were also very tasty.

strawberry lichi juice

The only downfall was the amount of garlic I consumed. It tasted great, but without access to gum or mints afterwards (fail), I’m pretty sure I could have killed a vampire just by saying “hello”. Yikes!

• Usher Concert

This week was very concert heavy. Scott got tickets to see Usher Tuesday night through work, and we were excited to go see him live!

Alex and I at Usher Concert

As I was getting ready at home, I threw on Usher radio and had a blast singing along to hits dating all the way back to my middle school days. Any U-S-H-E-R or Ur-sher fans out there? Ohhh yeah.

Usher Concert Detroit

He was a great performer and didn’t stop! We were all very impressed with his moves and vocals hit after hit. He was also very grateful and seemed genuinely appreciative of all of his fans. I loved him as a judge on The Voice and admire his work even more after this concert!

Scott and I at Usher Concert

Peace up, A-town down. #Yeah

• favorite HWG posts

>> More Fall Workout Music

Fall Running and Workout Music Playlist

>> Workout Gear for Winter Runners

winter workout gear tips and winter running

and to end on a laugh…

• Friday funny

after halloween christmas someecard



(Now if I could only get the husband on board! Sigh.)

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Have a wonderful weekend!

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links may be included. I always, always appreciate your support! <3

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