Nov 28

Lots To Be Thankful For

What a great weekend!

We started off the long weekend on Wednesday driving over to Jennie’s family.  Jennie and I arrived on the East Side of the state on Wednesday just in time for the annual Pre-Thanksgiving Buddy’s Pizza dinner. Best. Pizza. Ever.


I may or may not be guilty of torturing Jon with pictures of the pizza during dinner.  It really doesn’t sound like something I would do.

I managed to put away 6 pieces which is 3/4 of a large 8-square pizza.  Don’t worry, I had a helping or two of salad as well to balance it out.  I probably should have stopped at 5 pieces, or maybe even 4, but I couldn’t help myself.

We started out Thanksgiving Day with an Anti-Turkey Trot race.  Why an “Anti” Turkey Trot? Well, mainly because the big Turkey Trot race in downtown Detroit is absolutely crazy. They had over 20,000 runners this year and it cost $40. So, a small running club north of Detroit started their own Anti-Turkey Trot for people who wanted to run, but wanted to avoid the crowds for a mere $15.  The race was at Lifetime Fitness and as soon as we showed up, we could tell it was going to be a casual event.  The maps for the courses were labeled “5k-ish” (turned out to be 3.4 miles) and “10k-ish” (turned out to be 6.35 miles).  On top of that, they were recording peoples addresses to mail them gloves (instead of t-shirts) because they ran out. They expected around 40 people and ended up with over 150. We opted for a water bottle instead of gloves instead.

Kevin pre-race (3)

We did our best to try to stay warm at the starting line. It was a brisk 40* or so with a slight breeze. Note the guy on far right side of the picture not wearing a shirt. Take note of that Texas. I probably could have used a hat and gloves, but I survived.

Kevin mid-race

When I ran past the water station the volunteers were still photographing some of the 5k walkers.  I guess they say me at the last minute and snapped this shot after I passed.

Brad mid-race

My brother-in-law Brad ran his first ever 5k. He ran XC in middle school though so was a seasoned veteran in that sense.  He raced 2 miles in middle school and he was consistently at the front of the pack and even won a few races. He ended up placing 4th overall in the 5k! He smoked it! 22:40 for 3.4 miles.

Jennie approaching the finish

Jennie had an awesome race as you can tell by the huge smile on her face as she sprinted to the finish line.  Read all about her race on her blog.

Unfortunately there are no pictures of me finishing.  I ended up placing first overall (out of 49 10k runners) and had an awesome race. My official time was 41:02 for 6.35 miles.  I was using this race as a time trial to see how close I was to my McMillian 10k time based on my necessary BQ time.  Based on a 3:05 marathon, that should put me at a 39:25 10k. I ended up crossing the 10k mark at 40 minutes flat.  So, I was a little off the 39:25 time, but there were a couple section of this course on grass/dirty/rocks that were less than ideal, so I feel like I am right where I need to be.

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After the run, it was time to get cleaned up and ready for the big Thanksgiving Day feast. There ended up being 18 people crowded around the table for all the traditional holiday fare.


After all the food, it was nap time (obviously). I awoke just in time to catch the Ice Age Christmas Special.

Thanksgiving 2011

We headed back home on Friday with lots on the schedule.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous out – upper 50’s and sunny.  The first task on the schedule was get some of the outdoor Christmas decorations up. It was semi-successful.  For some reason, nearly half of the strands of lights that were perfectly good at the end of the year last year didn’t work this year. I messed with them for a bit trying to find the problem bulbs but didn’t have any luck.

So, to take advantage of the great weather, Jennie and I headed out on a long 12 mile run with her on the bike.  It was amazing to be able to run in shorts and short sleeves at the end of November. My legs were surprisingly fresh after Thursday’s 10k – at least at the beginning of the run.  The final 2-3 miles started to hurt a bit, but it went better than expected.

After the run, it was time to get ready for my 10 year high school reunion.  We didn’t have a 5 year reunion and morbid curiosity got the best of me.  Out of a graduating class of about 250, I have kept in touch with 4 people from my class. And ironically, 3 of 4, I became better friends with in college and via running/triathlon. So yeah, I really didn’t know what to expect out of it. We went out to dinner with my friend Matt (of Ironman Wisconsin spectating fame) and his wife before heading downtown for the reunion.  Let’s just say it was interesting. I’m glad we went, but can’t say that I’m looking forward to the next one.  Some things never really change.

How was your Thanksgiving? Did anyone brave the Black Friday madness?

Official Results

Total Time: 41:02 (40:00 at 10k)
Distance: 10k-ish (6.35 miles)
Overall Place: 1/49
Gender Place: 1/?
Age Group Place: 1/?
Run Pace: 6:28 min/mile

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  1. BDD

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, congrats on the race, thats 2 in a row!!! That pizza looks awesome
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  2. Christina

    Congrats on the race. Hey, a podium is awesome no matter the size of the race. It only took me nearly the same 41 minutes to run a 5K that day. Oh, well always room for improvement. I was in awe of your bro-in-law’s race time until I realized he was just barely out of middle school. I forget some of you guys are 10+ years younger than me (I had my 20th reunion last summer). Still impressive to clock a 5K+ time like that on his first try! Way to go! That food (all of it – pizza and turkey) looked fantastic. Love all the family time around the holidays.
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  3. katie

    whoa, that is smokin fast! nice job! and I want some of that pizza. WANT.
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  4. marlene

    Sounds like a pretty fantastic weekend. You are KILLING me with the pizza pic. Forget turkey – that looks incredible.

    Congrats on the 10K(ish) race. Smokin pace!!
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  5. Jon


    Oh wait, Pizza is now classified as a vegetable 😉

    NICE time! Sub 40 min 10K? Droooooooool.

    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!
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  6. adena

    That picture of the pizza taunted me all weekend. Dinner looks fantastic!! Nice job on the trot, I love it, 5kmish.. ; -)
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  7. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Let’s talk about this cold running thing for a moment. I get it makes you badda$$ to not wear a shirt but isn’t this like taking a knife to a gun fight but you have a gun in the side table drawer. Why would you still bring a knife? I could see if he were homeless and didn’t have a shirt but I’m assuming he wasn’t and does own a shirt, so why run sans shirt? Or even sans gloves or hat? HA HA HA!

    Great job on the run though….nice pace. You will be golden for a BQ attempt for sure.

    That pizza looks great by the way so congratulations on stopping at 6 and not getting all 8 in…..don’t look at it as if you should have stopped at 4……
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      It is the college kids. They are all crazy. There is at least one at every race. I usually do a 5k in January that has been in the single digits with negative wind chill and there is always one guy wearing only shorts. There is hardcore and there is just plain stupid.

      New goal – eat all 8 slices, an entire large pizza next time.

  8. Mandy

    That pizza looks freaking awesome.

    You a not supposed to do that to a Pizza loving girl who is on a diet. That is just plain ole mean 😉

    Sounds like an awesome race and a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Awesome.

    No Bailey Photos??
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  9. Mandy

    Oh wait. DUH. There is one of him at the end!! 🙂
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      He kinda blends in there doesn’t he? haha I think I have a video of him playing in the backyard with the in-laws dog. I’ll have to try and get it up on Youtube.

      Sorry for the pizza pictures. They were only meant to torture Jon, not you. Besides, isn’t pizza a vegetable now? Eat up!

  10. Beth

    Damn, that’s a speedy 10kish. I think you get to round the time down to a 39:25 at the 10k mark because you obviously needed to run slower than 10k pace for the extra ish. Happy thanksgiving 🙂
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I like the way you think!

  11. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    After a crazy Turkey Trot race a couple of years ago, my husband and vowed to never do one again..they are just too crowded. We actually started our own “race” instead and it’s been great!
    Congrats on your race..you did awesome!! You and Jenny both looked so happy!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      We were honestly considering doing our own “race” this year. I found this AntiTurkey Trot at the last minute and it was perfect. Low key and still a lot of fun. We did the big Turkey Trot in downtown Detroit a few years ago and it was a miserable experience. Never want to do that again.

  12. Jeff

    Just finished off last nights pizza for dinner! Two days in a row for pizza!!!! It has been years since that has happened and I don’t care.

    You pizza looked much better though!

    Congrats on the race! Love that you are doing the pace things with the McMillan Calc – I’ve been doing the same thing!

    I am doing a HM on Sunday but am going to just run it at marathon pace, but I am going to use your 3:05 BQ pace (3:02:30 actually) in preparation of your possible visit to THE great state of Texas!

    Then for the HM on New Years Day I am going to use the HM pace based on your 3:05 (6:40/mi) and see how that goes. If I pull it off we are golden!!
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Two nights in a row with pizza… now that is life. You need to stop eating so many “vegetables” 😛

      I just worked out a tentative training schedule. I have 14 weeks until March 3rd starting today. That gives me two more warm up weeks followed by the 12-70 program. Not as ideal as the 18-70, but I think it will work as I have been doing 40-50 mile weeks for the past 4 works. I’m thinking of picking weeks 18 and 16 from the 18-70 plan to get me going during the next two weeks before the 12-70 plan actually starts. Thursdays 10k PR was a huge confidence boost but I am still having trouble wrapping my head around 7 min/mile for 26.2 miles.

      I’m going to start the first few weeks of the plan and see how my legs and knees hold up. I hit 49 miles last week which is the most weekly mileage I have logged since 2008. Honestly not sure how the body is going to handle 55-70 a week.

  13. lindsay

    is that a homemade pizza? looks goooood. eat your heart out jon! what’s up with all the texas hate? yes they’ve been weather wimps, but come on, they do suck it up in 100* for 9 months a year.

    glad you guys had a good thanksgiving. no i did not get trampled in the black friday rush! i just did not email you. sorry to keep you waiting up.
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Not homemade. Buddy’s: http://buddyspizza.com/ They were a Food Network Top 5 in the nation.

      It’s all in good fun with TX. Half the time they start it, half the time the Midwest starts it. haha

      Glad to hear that you are alive!

  14. Matt Smith

    Way to go, Kevin! Man you’re on a hot streak of winning races, and I know it’s not just because the events are a little smaller. You’re smokin’ it, dude! That was a quick 10k. And, it has to be a really big confidence booster knowing that you’re right on track for a BQ. That’s super cool.

    I’m glad you guys had a good time with Jennie’s family. Brad is a little speed demon too, and it looked like Jennie had fun as well. I’m glad you made it home safely.
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  15. Emily

    I love the idea of an anti-turkey trot!

    I’m with you on the high school reunion thing. I didn’t go to my 5th, but I’ll probably go to my 10th out of curiosity and then remember why I don’t keep in touch with anyone in the first place.
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  16. Elizabeth

    I always thought pizza was really good pre-race food…better than pasta. I think I am more impressed with the downing of 6 slices than the 10k. The weather has been strangely uncold here too. I have a feeling we will get payback in jan/feb.
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  17. Colleen

    Sounds like a perfect weekend. Man, that pizza looks amazing. I probably could have eaten the whole thing, but would have skipped the salads. I mean, really, pizza is a vegetable anyway so why eat the salad? 🙂

    Congrats on the win. Man… you are smoking fast! When’s the next marathon???

  18. James F

    That is a crazy fast 10k time. Very jealous of the time and that pizza!
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  19. Aren Turpening

    Hey, sweet blog. I like the pictures during the races, it adds a “real” element to the times. A friend and I are training for our first Ironman in July and we’re tracking it through a blog also. Check it out! I’ll keep yours bookmarked.


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