Catch the Gobbler 2011

I was super excited to get the chance to do a Turkey Trot this year… I missed doing one last year and that kind of bummed me out.  It’s become a tradition to me, almost like a necessary part of the day.  Amazing how fast that can turn around since I did my first one in 2008!  I was also super excited to have my mom come turkey trottin’ with me.  She wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to do the race, since she’s battling plantar fasciitis.  But she has been taking it easier on the running/walking for several weeks and was ready to face the race!

The race we entered is named Catch the Gobbler.  It’s not the most awesome area of town, nor do they have cool finishers medals (would have had to go out to Six Tunnels for that) but it was convenient to get to from my house!

We went to packet pick-up the day before so we could get our bib numbers and the “beautiful race sweatshirts.”  And boy, are they bee-yoo-tee-full!

Catch the Gobbler sweatshirt
Back of sweatshirt

I think the back is particularly bad.  My general feeling is that if you are a sponsor of a race, you would hope that people are wearing that race apparel around so that people become walking billboards for your brand.  But if you make the shirt pretty crazy and then the main sponsor elects to be on the shirt in such a gaudy way… I think the walking advertising return will be diminished.  Just my two cents!

Jade walked over to scope it out and then started pawing right on the face printed on the back of the shirt.
I don’t think she liked it either!

I thought it was fantastic weather for the race, it was about 50 degrees at the start. I wore Athleta shorts and compression calf sleeves from Tommie Copper and my “Catch This!” shirt from the local Fleet Feet Sports store.
Catch the Gobbler
I also had a super-cute Turkey Trot headband from SweatyBands.  I found it to be really comfy, although I tend to make a mess of my hair trying to pull it back in a braid and holding my bangs back with barrettes!  As long as it isn’t in my face!

My mom was ready to go too!
Catch the Gobbler

My approach to this race was:
– Start off conservatively.
– Continue being conservative in the middle.
– Finish with a solid conservative.

I was happy with my running and how I felt throughout.  Although, once I finished and saw the results I wished that I had pushed a little harder.  I finished with a time of 27:58… which put me in 8th place in my age group (out of 38) and if I had pushed just a tiny bit harder I totally could have picked off 6th and 7th! 🙂

The really nice thing about this race was we were in my car and headed back toward home by 8:05 AM.  I like feeling like I’ve accomplished something good and still have the whole day ahead!

After that it was time to head back home, work on crafty projects and cook dinner.  My mom and I are working to learn how to make roman shades… and I think we’ve been pretty successful.  I’ll post a picture of my shade as soon as I get it hung.  We also made me a tutu to wear in the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon.

My husband and I had a little bit of a disagreement about when you should eat Thanksgiving dinner.  I grew up with the meal always happening in the afternoon, usually around 2:00ish.  He swears you should eat it at 6:00 because it is dinner.  So where do you stand on when the Thanksgiving meal should be consumed?


  1. I ran that race several years ago when I was in Vegas for Thanksgiving. Even then, the sweatshirt was pretty garish and I’ve never worn it, but the face from the dealership? That’s a bit much.

    Congrats on a great run. I love the headband!

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