Thankful 13 race recap


Thursday(Thanksgiving)-13.1 miles with Mckae

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine started off a little bit earlier than usual, but not too much.

Yesterday I ran the Thankful 13 half in Lehi. It’s literally 15 min from my house and a gorgeous course. I didn’t sign up for the race because I was undecided on running. I few months ago I had written my cousin Mckae a training plan for the race and encouraged her to run her first half. Well, she trained and signed up, so I wanted to make sure and be there for her. The registration was too pricy by that point so I didn’t register.

I managed to eat half of this Iced Oatmeal Clif bar and then we headed to the start.

20131128-184457.jpg 20131128-184529.jpgI ran with my Nathan Hydration belt because I didn’t want to use any aid stations since I didn’t pay. I didn’t have any problems with it(that was the longest dist. I’ve ever ran with it)


It started at 8am, we got there about 7:40 waited in the nice warm car and then headed to the start line. It was cold out, but it warmed up quick and turned out to be a gorgeous day.

20131128-184510.jpg 20131128-184544.jpgMckae had trained great and was on track to finish in 2 hours. Unfortunately, at mile 3 she was having some really bad hip pain. I think she pulled something and we had to slow our pace down a lot. I could tell she was in a lot of pain, but she wouldn’t give up.

20131128-184624.jpgShe stayed really positive and wouldn’t even let herself walk. She just kept chuggin along. We chatted, listened to music, and just enjoyed the scenery. Seriously, I can’t wait to sign up for next year, it’s such an awesome course. There were a few rolling hills but for the most part it’s flat on the Jordan River Trail.


I am so proud of Mckae. At the last .5 mile she sprinted to the finish and just squeaked in under 2:40. At one point she was in a lot of pain and we thought we were going to finish in 3 hours, so knocking 20 minutes off was huge! She rocked it, and she’s already talking about doing another to smash her time. I love running with new runners and seeing them get excited about new running goals!

20131128-184731.jpgWe also ran into my cousin and his cute/adorable family. They live out of state so it was a wonderful surprise=)

20131128-184751.jpgThe Thankful 13 race also had a 5k and kids dash. The food after was great and Thanksgiving themed(pumpkin pie, cocoa, etc) they even had food at the start(cocoa, bagels, protein bars). The race was very well organized, and if you sign up early(before November) it’s only $40.

We rushed home, got ready and headed to my sisters house for Thanksgiving. It was seriously the best thing to run a fun race and then be with family eating delicious food. My sister is an amazing cook!

20131128-184837.jpg                          Those plates are both mine, I had seconds and dessert, yum!

my sister who cooked all the yummy food

my sister who cooked all the yummy food

20131128-184921.jpgJackson got to sit at the big kid table, he was very excited, my niece Bayley was not so excited.


And of course, I have to include a picture of baby M’s turkey tooshie!

20131128-184807.jpghow was your Thanksgiving?

Who ran or ran a race?

anyone dress up for a race?

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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7 Responses to Thankful 13 race recap

  1. That seriously sounds like a GREAT Thanksgiving! It’s the holidays that make me miss home the most 😦

  2. Your Thanksgiving sounds fantastic! I love running races on Thanksgiving, but I didn’t this year. I am, however, running in an ugly Christmas sweater 5k tomorrow with my husband, his two brothers, and their wives! I am so excited!

  3. You are so awesome to run with her! Considering all the pain she was in and that it was her first half, that’s a great time! Also that race sounds awesome. I want to do it next year!

    Sounds like you had a great day and baby M’s turkey tooshie is so adorable!!

  4. jumpeatrun says:

    Sounds like an awesome race!! Congrats to your cousin and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  5. Turkey Tooshie! I love it!
    Congrats to your friend, Mckae for battling through the pain ~ and I hope she doesn’t pay for it with an injury. It sounds like it was the perfect morning! 🙂

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  7. A half marathon sounds like a GREAT way to begin Thanksgiving! I wish they had some holiday halfs around here 🙂

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