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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 26, 2014

Quality Time With Mom (+ WIAW)

Ever since I picked my mom up from the airport late Monday morning, I have been soaking in as much quality mother-daughter time as I can!

It’s been really great having her here. We share a lot of the same interests in both things to do and things to eat, so it’s been nice having a partner in crime throughout all of my whereabouts this week!

downtown clarkston with mom

She must have brought the Florida sunshine with her, because it was unusually high in the mid-60s and sunny out when her plane landed! I couldn’t believe it. There she was in her winter coat and boots and I just kept telling her to enjoy being “hot” while it lasted.

Two hours later, we pulled up at Rochester Brunch House, which has easily become one of my favorite breakfast, brunch, and lunch spots in Downtown Rochester. The temperature was quickly dropping and it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Rochester Brunch House outside

We were well into the afternoon, but I still ordered an omelet. That is pretty standard. I could happily order an omelet as my meal at any time of the day, as long as what is inside sounds good. This one was filled with turkey sausage, cheese, onions, and green peppers. Yum!

Rochester Brunch Company omelet

After lunch, we walked around the area for a bit… but not for too long.

Out of nowhere, the temperature dropped down to the mid-30s with high wind! Yup… nothing like showing your true colors, Michigan. You better hang on tight to those winter accessories, Mom!

We made the obligatory stop at Yates Cider Mill for hot cider and donuts, but hung inside to get a break from the strong winds.

mom and heather at yates cider mill

We spent the afternoon running around town and made a stop at The Village for groceries at Whole Foods, followed by trip to Bath & Body Works for wallflower refills (ahhh, give me all the winter scents!!). It felt freezing out, but at least there were pretty lit trees to distract us.

christmas lights at the village rochester

Temporarily, at least.

christmas tree the village at rochester hills

I had my weekly small group bible study shortly after we returned home, but I know my mom was more than down for hanging there in her pajamas with the fur kids for the night. She never gets to relax at home!

I spent most of the morning blogging and catching up on emails yesterday. My mom brought some work she had to get done with her, so that worked out pretty well. Just after noon, we took a break from the computers and took Roadie with us for a run on the trails.

running with roadie and mom

It was my mom’s first time running in temperatures in the 30s. She was nervous, but I assured her that it wouldn’t be that bad if we layered appropriately. She borrowed a lot of my winter workout gear, and we set out for an easy paced four miles.

running the trails with roadie and mom

I was so happy to see the snow had melted on the trails. We wouldn’t have been able to do my favorite loop through them if the ground was still snowy and slushy!

trail river

I made sure to point out some of my favorite parts, including the overlooks.

trail overlook on run

She did great and I am so proud of her. At sixty years old, my mother is running her third half marathon next week and is doing the Turkey Trot 10K with me tomorrow (in the cold) on Thanksgiving morning!

mom at the trail overlook

I figured a low stress four miles was just what she needed, followed by a protein smoothie post-run.

smoothie after run

Plain Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, White Chocolate Designer Whey Protein powder, banana, ice.

I warmed up in a nice hot shower, and got ready to head out the door for the rest of the day!

After we took Scott’s mom to see Clarkston, an adorable country looking town twenty minutes from us, I thought it would be a great spot to walk around with my mom as well. We arrived right after 3 p.m. and had high hopes of taking a late lunch (or linner) at Union Woodshop.

downtown clarkston in michigan

We were bummed to find out they open at 4 p.m. during the weekdays, and our hungry bellies took us to the next available spot to grab a bite to eat. A couple of doors down, we found a gourmet organic shop that looked like it would do the job just fine!

essence on main organic gourmet shop main street clarkston

essence on main cafe

I had never been inside Essence on Main before, and I just loved the knick-knacks and unique menu items.

clarkston shop

I was trying to kick a headache before it turned into a migraine, so a Greek salad, bowl of homemade tomato florentine soup and a cola sounded perfect.

clarkston organic market lunch

I hardly ever drink Coca-Cola, and when I do… it’s because it settles nausea and helps with my headaches! Couldn’t tell you why.

After lunch, I took her back through Union Woodshop anyways and also next door to the adorable women’s boutique shop, Frank and Me.

frank and me shop clarkston

We walked down to a bakery, grabbed a couple of hot beverages, and took our time walking in and out of the shops along Main Street.

plaid flannel dog christmas decoration

I always leave Clarkston with decorating fever. I’ve learned to deal with it and enjoy mostly window shopping instead.

We had the rest of the night at home, which actually sounded wonderful. I drove her through a couple of fun areas to see, and then we made our way back to the house to make dinner. Scott requested some kind of pasta (no surprises there) so my mom put together a nice side salad while I browned some seasoned ground turkey and pulled my usual “add any vegetable that makes sense” moves.

healthy side salad

healthy pasta sauce

I added a mushroom marinara sauce, and dished up way too many veggie rotini noodles to serve it over.

veggie pasta with seasoned turkey and vegetables sauce

Of course, I ended up eating it all. I’m ridiculous.

(Can you tell I’m attempting to incorporate a little What I Ate Wednesday for some of you?)

This morning started with a new-to-me breakfast, thanks to Mom.

breakfast cereal with yogurt and fruit

I can’t believe I have never tried putting a couple spoonfuls of plain Greek yogurt on top of my cereal before! Look at you go, Mom.

We hurried out the door to pick up ingredients to create an easy Thanksgiving meal after the race tomorrow and returned home with just enough time to change and go to Rock City Fitness for a training session.

Mom at Rock City Fitness with me

I just finished my 30 Day Personal Training Program there, but the owner graciously offered to let us come in and train while she was here. Thank you so much for the stretching and strengthening session today, Christina!

As soon as we got home, we dove into leftovers to enjoy a late lunch and then I hopped on the computer to catch up with you guys!

salad with noodles and beans

Phew. I think we are all caught up now!


We are going to a Pistons game tonight and plan to take it easy after that in order to turn in early and wake up at the wee hours of the morning for the race tomorrow.

I hope you all are enjoying the calm before the storm of Turkey Day!

If you’d like to see a real What I Ate Wednesday, feel free to explore the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar, click over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

See you soon!

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