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Dec 29 / Jane

Flemington Turkey Trot 5k 2013

This year I’m a little behind in my turkey trot recap due to vacation and the holidays, oops…

This was actually the second of two turkey trots Alex and I ran this year. We planned early on to run this with Flo, Dan, her sister Issy and her Dan, like last year; but not for Team Weidel. This year we ran for Team Octavia (Flo’s mom and our, um, brunch sponsor!).

This year was also my sister’s FIRST 5k race!! We even recruited her middle school best friend and my running buddy, Gwen, to join us.

Alex and I arrived at Flo’s mom’s bright and early and prepared for an easy 5k in the bitter cold. It must have been in the 20’s with the wind chill, brrr!! Flo’s Dan had a basketball injury and was unable to run; Kate and Gwen arrived late so Gwen ran for Dan (since her bib was at the check-in and we were 20min from the start of the race). We jogged to the start line and entered the chute right before the starting gun. Alex ran with Gwen, for time; and I stayed with Kate, to be a cheerleader and running buddy. Flo, Issy, and Dan lined up a little behind us.  I knew after last year, there was no way to race this one with narrow roads and over 4,000 participants!

Flo and I in festive hats, pre race.

Flo and I in festive hats, pre-race.

Gwen, Kate and I before the start line.

Gwen, Kate and I before the start line.

So Kate and I ran and chatted, she made funny faces and I took pictures and she held my hand over the finish line. The finish line of her first 5k race, ever!! Totally awesome, I could not be more proud. =) The vibe of this race is so uplifting, it’s too bad it was so awfully cold. I think it would have been fun to stay and hear the results, although we didn’t win anything.

What 4,000 people at a starting line looks like.

What 4,000 people at a starting line looks like.

=P to you too!

=P to you too!

We regrouped with our team, took some “after” photos, then walked back to Flo’s mom’s. I think my fingers were frozen by the time we arrived, but a mimosa quickly solved that problem. Our amazing hostess had a spread of breads, meats and cheeses, jams and jelly, eggs and sausage, for all us tired and hungry.

Team Octavia!

Team Octavia!

I love this new tradition… An easy 5k and a fabulous brunch with some of my favorite people. This is what Thanksgiving should be. =)

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