Hilton Head Island Turkey Trot

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Hilton Head Island Turkey Trot

Hello! Hello!

Make sure to check out my Hilton Head Thanksgiving recap here first.

One of the first ideas that popped into my head after the Hubs and I decided to take a break from hosting Thanksgiving this year was I’d be able to run a Turkey Trot.  The past five years I’ve been so busy cooking on Thanksgiving that running has been the last thing on my mind.

Luckily I found out Hilton Head has a great Turkey Trot and part of our group wanted to run with me including my SIL Danielle, my other SIL Megan, her son Owen, my friends Dan, Sommer and their kids.  I’ve done so many races by myself, so I was stoked that so many people decided to run it.

(These photos aren’t the greatest because I was using my phone in a ziplock bag in the rain!)

You might have noticed but I’m out of the practice with racing.  I’ve never stopped running, but I stopped doing so many races a few years ago.  I was doing a race every few weeks for a while and I got a little burnt out.  It had been two years since I ran my last race (where I paced Megan to a PR!) and with getting sick earlier in the month with strep I decided not to put any pressure at all on myself about the timing of the race.  I knew I was going to be slow.  I was going to run how I felt and the victory would be in crossing the finish line.

We woke up Thursday morning and it was around 50 degrees and raining.  I’m honestly someone who jumps on my treadmill at the first sign of bad weather, so I was a little bummed at the less than ideal conditions.

The back of the socks say “Run First, Gobble Later…” 

Plus running in a tutu in the rain seemed beyond silly, but I decided to embrace it.

Some of our group debated whether to actually run or not because of the chilly rain, but in the end most of us made it to the start line.

There was a big crowd and when our group got separated in the line up, I decided to start near the back with Megan, Danielle, Ty and Owen in the stroller.  I was super impressed with the size of the crowd even with the rain.

My plan was to run with my small group for as long as they kept running and if they took a walk break to keep moving on.  As the race started it was so much fun to see how excited the kids were.

After the first quarter mile my nephew Ty, who is super athletic, was wanting to run faster, so I let his Mom know we were going ahead.  He promised me he actually wanted to run the race so we look off.   We ran for nearly the entire race with just a few short walk breaks.  It was his first race and he did so good and finished really strong.  I didn’t start a watch or check splits or anything because that’s not what the day was about though.

I really enjoyed getting some one on one time with him too.  Since I wasn’t really planning on racing anyway it was totally worth it to take the walk breaks to help him see the joy of running!  He even said he wanted to run more races.   I honestly think he could be a great runner and would smoke me really soon if he decided running was something he wanted to embrace.

My friends Sommer, Dan and their son Carson also did amazing in the race.  Carson and Dan ran super fast and I could not be prouder of them!

One of the best parts about the Hilton Head Turkey Trot was everyone got medals.  I’m a sucker for bling!  You don’t see a lot of participant medals for 5K’s in Asheville, so it was pretty fun to get one.

The other swag for the race was a very nice long sleeve t-shirt with a cute graphic on the back.  I adore long sleeve t-shirts and wear them year round, so I was super excited about it.

Even better though was getting to spend time with my family, sharing my love of running and finding a perfect way to stay active on Thanksgiving.   Once we got moving it honestly didn’t even bother me that it rained the entire race.  I’ve run a lot of races in my day and honestly this one was one of the funnest I’ve ever done.

It’s moments like these that stick with you for a lifetime.

I’m hoping we can somehow make a Turkey Trot or race part of a new family tradition.

Your turn!

Have you ever done a turkey trot?

I’m linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday & Coaches Corner
By | 2017-11-29T07:15:22-05:00 November 29th, 2017|Fitness, Races, Running|19 Comments


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  2. Agness of Fit Travelling December 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Wow! This must have been an awesome race and you definitely had lots of fun, Julie! Your outfit rocks! 😉

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy December 6, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Sometimes rain can be fun for a race – looks like you made the best of it!!

  4. Lisa @ Mile by Mile November 30, 2017 at 4:37 am - Reply

    Sounds like so much fun! Its too bad the weather wasn’t great but good for you guys for getting out there anyway. Love the outfit!

  5. Blane Sherer November 29, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Love your Turkey Trot outfit ( smile ).
    Glad you had some fun family time.

  6. [email protected] November 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    What a great way to spend time with family. Cute outfit!

  7. Kimberly Hatting November 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    This looks like such a fun time! I’ve been “trotting” on Thanksgiving morning for a long time. The past 6 years, though, I’ve done our local Trot (that a friend helped me organize). It’s fun to see a lot of people getting some exercise done before the big dinner 😉

  8. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets November 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Loved your recap and congrats on having a fun Turkey Trot with friends and family despite the rain! It’s always inspiring to see kids falling in love with running. And your outfit is too cute!

  9. Nicole @ Fitful Focus November 29, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I’m so glad you were able to run one this year. Way to get out there despite the weather! I LOVE your outfit! Tutus for the win!

  10. Wendy November 29, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Great job–it looks like so much fun!

    I try to do a TT every year–this year mine was a half marathon and it was on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

  11. Lisa Ballantyne November 29, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    No running for me I’m afraid. Too many diabetic issues with my feet and legs. But I can handle a good fitness walk where I can pace myself without panting for breath or fear of falling. (Don’t need to re-break that left hip, sigh!)

    Looks like you had a great day! And you look mighty cute dressed up as a turkey!

  12. Dan Steadman November 29, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Have for several years…top 75 men and women get socks….I didn’t do it this year due to health…Yours looked fun

  13. Debbie November 29, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    This looks so fun! I never get to run a Turkey Trot because we put one on every year. It’s fun from that end too, though. Love the socks. One of our runners had caps that said the same thing.

  14. Annmarie November 29, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Believe it or not, I have never done a turkey trot! Love your outfit and love the bling! Congrats 🙂

  15. Christie November 29, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    My in laws come for Thanksgiving and they don’t like to move off the couch much but I try to get in a Turkey Trot when I can! It’s still fun even when I’m going alone. What a great way to start the day!

  16. Deborah Brooks November 29, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

    So glad that you finally got to do another turkey trot they are so much fun and as you say these are the memories that last forever

  17. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real November 29, 2017 at 7:26 am - Reply

    I love the tutu! Such a festive way to run a Turkey Trot. I love how you ran with your nephew to show him how much fun running is!

    I definitely think you should make a Turkey Trot a tradition! I’ve been running/walking in one for as long as I can remember. It’s something my family has always done. So naturally I made my boyfriend do one with me this year even though we were staying put and celebrating with is family. He really loved me for it 😉

  18. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups November 29, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Your outfit is just too cute! Looks like lots of fun!

  19. MaryBeth Jackson November 29, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

    It is not Thanksgiving without a turkey trot in my house! Love it and your outfit!

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