Turkey Trots and 2014 Running Plans

I can hardly believe it is almost Thanksgiving! I’m pretty excited about it because I love stuffing and mashed potatoes!



I’m a little bummed because I really wanted to do a Turkey Trot this year but there isn’t one near my mom’s house – I would know, I check 10x a day.

It’s okay, I’ll do my own little Turkey Trot on this pretty trail near my mom’s house all by myself. I recently found out that one of my fave ultrarunners (Timothy Olson) just did a 50K near my mom’s house!!! I so wish I would have known. I would have been there in a heartbeat to volunteer at an aid station!

Here’s Timothy and his wife Krista on the trails near my mom’s place:

Timothy Olson and Krista Olson

(Image Credit: Timothy Olson’s FB Page)

Speaking of ultras, I am planning to do my first 50K next year (says the girl who hasn’t even run a half yet), and will probably do it at a race near my mom’s house. Maybe I will do the race that Timothy Olson just did!

Here is my thought process on 2014 at this point:

  • Feb 2014 – Disney Princess 1/2 with a friend
  • Spring/Summer – Work on getting faster
  • Fall – Marathon
  • Winter – 50K

I’m thinking about putting my name down for the Portland Marathon, but I don’t know if it will fall too late in the year for me to get in a 50K too.

I just recently told my running coach that I want to do a 50K next year and she didn’t laugh at me… which I thought was kind of nice of her : )

Putting a 50K on the calendar means I really want to focus on getting faster next year so it doesn’t take me a billion hours to finish the race.

I have had the Disney Princess Half planned for a long time and I am excited to do it with a friend of mine. But after that my focus will be less on distance and more on speed until it’s time to start planning for the fall marathon.

I guess none of this planning matters if I fail to finish the half marathon in November … but I am planning on finishing! : )

Have you begun thinking about 2014 races/goals yet?

Will you tackle a new distance next year?

– I am dreaming BIG with the 50K!



  1. October 29, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Wow! What a goal! I say go for it. And the Portland Marathon is definitely on my bucket list. It is supposed to be a great race, even in the rain!

    • October 29, 2013 / 9:04 pm

      Yes, I’ve heard so many good things about it! It’s on so many top marathon lists. I heard they sell out really fast so I need to make my decision soon.

  2. October 30, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    I love your big dreams 🙂

    I’m doing the Turkey Trot I did last year, a lovely but challenging 10k, with my sister, her bf, and Matt!

    • October 30, 2013 / 11:23 pm

      I seriously keep thinking about doing that 10K, but I think it would throw things off with my mom. This is the first Thanksgiving since my stepdad passed so I really want to be around all morning to keep her mind off of things. I’ll be doing the 10K with you in spirit though!