Our last race in November is in the books! How have 11 months of our goal year already passed??
Thanksgiving morning we woke up and did not necessarily have to be up super early since the Turkey Trot didn’t start until 9:00 a.m. SO late! Teal and Beth’s cousin, Chase met over at Beth’s house to carpool together downtown for our Thanksgiving run. We really had no issues with traffic or parking down there just had to fret over whether or not we might get a ticket when our metered parking spot expired. We have no fear we were ticketless! Hooray!
Chase opted not to dress up as a turkey with us, but we quickly made our way over to the table to get our costumes approved and into the Turkey Coop we went! The Dallas Turkey Trot this year was attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of humans dressed as turkeys! All of us turkeys 🙂 had to wait around in the Coop until 8:35 when the clock started and we were all in the coop for 10 minutes with our costumes on. We never actually heard it declared that a new record was set, but we did see the person with Guinness World Record there counting each of the turkeys as the passed through the entrance of the Coop. We will hopefully receive a certificate in our email for participating in setting a New Guiness World Record!
Once it hit 8:45 a.m. all of us turkeys were then walked over to the start line. We were all excited this year to not have to dodge as many people since timed runners started 5 minutes before everyone else, buuut dressing like a turkey didn’t really allow us to make that earlier start. This race we might have stayed together for maaybe a whole minute then Teal darted off and Beth stayed behind doing her own dodging.
This year was much like last year – lots of dodging around until the 5k turn off. It was also around this part of the race where our distance got off. All three of us discussed after the race how our Runkeeper app had us almost a half mile ahead of where we were and Chase mentioned it happened around the time we were all passing through a part of downtown with lots of buildings that must have messed up our GPS. Here are our splits and we wish we were as awesome in mile 3 as our Runkeeper app tries to make us out to be:
Beth had actually stayed up late trying to sew the feathers onto the back of our shirts, so was literally running on only about 4 hours of sleep and was SO glad we had run that same race last year to know what kind of hills were coming a long the course. Teal had forgotten about the hills throughout the race, but you would never think that based on her time! Teal completely crushed her time from last year by almost 14 minutes exactly! Here are our results –
Teal: 1:11:06, finished 82nd in her age group, 424th female to finish and 1,724th to finish overall
Beth: 1:11:46, finished 87th in her age group, 455th female to finish and 1,799th to finish overall
Once we were all finished and found each other we went immediately back to the car and to head back to Beth’s house. Beth’s sister, Kate, is awesome and had some mimosas and champagne punch waiting for us when we arrived back from the race!
We will leave you with this little tidbit of information – I think we both have been asked before ‘How did they come up with an 8 mile distance to this race too??‘ Well here is your answer straight from the Dallas Turkey Trot website –
The unique eight mile distance was created when the one hundred and seven participants were instructed to run along the shores of White Rock Lake “to the big oak tree and back”. By 1979, the race had become so popular that it was moved to the downtown area to accommodate more runners and to showcase “Big D”.
We hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your families! 🙂