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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

What a great tradition!  Start off Thanksgiving morning by heading down to Detroit and running 6.2 miles through the city along the Thanksgiving Parade Route.  This race is always a fun due to all the crazy costumes, people along the course waiting for the parade to start, but also burning some calories before indulging in a Thanksgiving meal always helps the conscious feel better.  This was the 24th year that the annual Turkey Trot was held in Detroit and it drew about 4000 runners this year.  The weather was perfect for running, plus an eerie fog lingered around the skyline of the buildings.  I had planned on taking it easy and running the entire race with my Dad since I think the last race that we ran entirely together was my first 5K back in 2004.  So at the start I let him control the pace and off we went.  The start was crowded as usual, and for some strange reason the course never opened up like most races do.  There were always people to dodge or run around, and even if I had wanted to go for a fast 10K time it would have been a big challenge dodging all the other runners.  They had changed the course a little bit this year which added a couple of down hills at the end that always helps for a fast finish.  Overall it was a fun race, a good run, and I was even able to help my Dad get his personal best time for a 10K race.  Afterwards I was very happy that I had stuck with the plan to run the entire race with my Dad and help him run a little faster.  I felt it was the least that I could do since he was the one who is responsible for getting me into running.
Last of all I want to give thanks since that is what Thanksgiving is all about.  I want to first thank God for everything in my life.  The good, the bad, and all of the experiences that I have been blessed with.  I know that I may question things that happen from time to time, but I know that it is all for a purpose.  Thank you for my family, friends, and everyone else that has touched my life in some way.  All of your love, support, inspiration, and advice have helped me become who I am today.  I also want to thank the people that inspire me and inspire others.  Especially the people that are able to give inspiration in the most humble of ways, not expect anything in return, and sometimes not even realize they are an inspiration.    

November 27, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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