Will Trot for Turkey

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I’m glad to hear many of you liked my post on How to Eat Well During the Holidays Without Stressing Yourself Out. Great tips from you guys in the comments, too!

Matt, my brother Steve, and I were up early this morning to run the Alexandria 5 mile Turkey Trot, which is my favorite DC area Thanksgiving race – I think this was my 4th or 5th time doing it! I’m getting over a bad cold so I took it easy on pace and enjoyed the scenery, but Matt and Steve blew it out and finished in 37:04 for a 7:25 minute mile average pace – nice!


Who else got out for a pre-turkey run today? :)




And now, time to prepare to feast! I ordered a local turkey, pumpkin pie, bread, and a ton of local produce from From the Farmer for my family’s feast. Zara was randomly obsessed with the brussels sprouts! Weirdo.


Matt and I are in charge of roasted root veggies, brussels sprouts, and homemade cranberry sauce. Better get to it. :)

I hope you’re all enjoying a happy day with family and friends! I’ll be back tomorrow to share a delicious leftover turkey wheat berry salad recipe (with leftover cranberry sauce vinaigrette!). Have a wonderful holiday and weekend, everyone!


  1. 1

    That looks like a great race! I did one with my family too (and it was my dad and sister’s first race). Love a good pre-meal endorphin session. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    I love brussels sprouts! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Happy Thanksgiving! I ran the Detroit Drumstick Double Turkey trot this morning (10K then 5K). Do you know if there are any races around Alexandria after Christmas? We are coming for NYE [my aunt and uncle live there] and I would love to run a local race :)

  4. 6

    Congrats on a great start to a special day. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. 7

    I ran the Alexandria 5M Turkey Trot, too. What a great way to start the day and a beautiful morning for a race! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Have a great thanksgiving! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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    Congrats! I did the Annapolis TT 5k! My first race since a tri I did when I returned from Iraq in 08, my goal was 45mins and I finished in 31:22!!!! So proud, now to do it with no walk breaks! I did your cranbeery recipe for our Thanksgiving lunch and everyone loved it, so thankyou, thank you! Enjoy your dinner!

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    Love Brussels Sprouts! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Jennifer Henshall says

    Hi Anne!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving! Congrats on running your 5-miler while battling a cold. I did my first Turkey Trot in Pawtucket, RI yesterday and had a blast. I’ve always wanted to do a turkey trot and decided to bite the bullet this year. It was a great way to start my holiday! I even found the cutest shirt on Etsy — an orange tank that says, “I Run for Pumpkin Pie” to wear over my many layers (it was a cold 30 degree run!) and some great Run Now, Gobble Later compression socks. Looking forward to my next race — a Jingle Bell 5K — in December. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    I did the SOME Turkey Trot at federal Triangle — down Penn Ave to the Capitol and back. Such a great way to start the day, and I really appreciated coming inside at the end of it to warm up!

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