The Running Realtor: Madison Turkey Trot - 2007

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Madison Turkey Trot - 2007


The Madison Turkey Trot is coming around for the third time since I started my latest fitness routine. Over the years my workout was typically confined within the walls of a gym and cardio work was never much of a priority.  Oddly enough when I began my real estate career my exercise routine suffered for a few years as I fell into the all work trap.

In the fall of '05 as my weight crept up to a new high I began walking with one of the women in my office and our goal was the completion of the two mile walking race at the Turkey Trot.  Well that Thanksgiving morning didn't work out as we'd planned.  The first snowfall of the season left a few inches of ground cover and Jane slid off the road before the race. Shaken but otherwise uninjured her car was towed away and she returned home with rattled nerves. 

By the next year my site was set on the 5 mile race.  Throughout the year I ran and competed in several 5k ( 3.1 mile ) races building up to "The Big One".   Dave Parcells ( yellow rain gear ) was the race announcer as I crossed the finish line after the five mile run in the heavy rain, 30 mph winds and chilling forty degree temp.  Six months later the King of Tampa Bay died 8 miles into a marathon swim competition in Tampa Bay.

Not sure what to expect this year but I imagine the mood will be somber as so many people reflect on memories of Dave.  We never really consider at the start of any event that we may not live to finish.

Comment balloon 23 commentsNo Longer Active • November 16 2007 04:20PM


Hi Dan - good luck to you on your race. I'll be pulling for ya! I'll even send you a "cheer" on facebook! Go Dan!

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) over 12 years ago
Sending some Texas warm and sunshine would be even better... Snow my first year, Rain my second.... Due for Sunshine!
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Hi Dan,

I'm sure you will be fine with your positive attitude! I like that you are earning your Thanksgiving dinner....:)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Best of luck to you, but then they way you train, you probably won't need to rely on any luck!! btw... are those turkeys blonde???
Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Suzanne.... Glad it reads positive, while writing it seemed to be bringing me down.  Should do a decent job offsetting the Thanksgivng Feast.  A five miler burns over close to 1000 calories.

Jennifer... You weren't around in the early days... Follow blondes two at a time.   LOL

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
GOOD LUCK!  btw...nice thinks Sandra's been holding out on us...  ;o)
Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) over 12 years ago
Dan, How about some of this 90 degree weather we have been having, would you like some of that? Good luck on your run and I hope it doesn't rain?
Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Dan...Good luck on your race. I could never do that! I'm jealous.
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 12 years ago

Hey Brother Dan!  Good luck in your race this year!  Sad memories of your friend at the same time...


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 12 years ago
Dan, good luck!!!  What you say, you going to do it under 20 minutes this time :)  Hope you get good weather.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 12 years ago

Lisa... Thanks,  Must be that wet tee-shirt look....

Mana... 90 is sounding a bit warm although one of my better races was in the excessive heat but each year my fastest has been the Halloween 5k that is a flat course with cool temps.

Monika... Never say Never..... A few years ago I couldn't go a mile... This year I did two half marathons at 13.1 miles each.

Ann... You can start training Monika and we'll do a Portsmouth 5k...... Let me know when!

George... Don't think anyone could do that time - 4 minute miles! I'll be a little more than double.


Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Hi Dan,

Good luck.  We have a couple here too but my favorite is the Dallas Turkey Trot where I grew up.  You run around downtown Dallas -it's usually 8 miles (they have a 5k too) and cold!

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 12 years ago
Dan-  I picked up on your mood as I read it...  you better start thinking sunshine and flowers!
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Good luck Dan!   I hope this years even brings sunshine and a safe course for all of you.  I'm sorry to hear about what happened to Dave.  It's always a bit stunning when you hear of an athlete that dies during these things -- I'm sure he'll be watching all of you. 
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 12 years ago

Dan - I'll put your race on Suzanne's calendar so she can taunt you with a hot pizza dangling from a fishing pole so you run faster!  I don't do cold and rainy whenever possible...I hope the cool weather is complimented by sunny blue skies this year!

Ohh yeaahh...if you did it in FL you could take a dip in the ocean and jump back on the road. excruciating uphills here either! 

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 12 years ago
DAN...I just noticed that you are wearing white in this rainy-run! Was this meant to be a wet-t-shirt-contest too?  I forgot to give you a GRADE!!  :-)
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 12 years ago


I would hope that the next Post is about how well you did! Go get Em!

Good Luck,

Tom Weiss

Posted by Thomas Weiss (Thomas R. Weiss) over 12 years ago

Tracy... Most of the Turkey Trots here are 5 miles in the snow or rain... Never think of Dallas as cold!

Sandi...  It's a sunny day!  Though the newspapers showing rain clouds for Thursday.

Kris... Suppose he'll be looking down silently... Had another buddy that was suppose to send back greeting from the after life.. Still haven't heard anything....

Suise... This Turkey Trot is one of the better ones for food and drink.  Beer should be flowing by 10:30! 

Susie... Is white the preferred color?   Maybe I should try a tighter shirt to get rid of the wrinkles...

Tom... Not sure about that.... Based on this mornings 5 miler in the cold I'm slowing down.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Best wishes to you Nov. 22nd! Good for you!!!  You've encouraged me to get busy excersizing. Again. See my problem is I seem to start and stop and start and stop and start and well you know. I need to start and stay at it. I would suppose having set goals along the way (like the turkey trot) might keep me at it and hold me accountable. I have never done that.

You go Dan!!!

Posted by Sue Prins, Realtor- Greater Grand Rapids, MI (Five Star Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Sue... I think we all fall into the same stagnation at times.  When I belong to a gym I'd go for a few years then fall of schedule would go several years until I got motivated enough for another round.  Running has only been two years but with all the races it offers a more festive atmosphere to enjoy.  Winter is a little slow,  after the Turkey Trot there will be a 5k race in early December and typically there is something on January 1st before a lull until March.   There is always something to keep in sight.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Dan you amaze me - your dedication to running and business is so impressive.
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 12 years ago
Hi Dan, from a fellow NEW runner.  I did my first Turkey trot this past November.  It was a great feeling.  Next up -the Penguin run.  I am starting to understand why people love running!
Posted by Mary Buchner, Amherst NY Real Estate, Relocation and Buffalo Homes for sale (Realty USA - Amherst/Clarence) over 12 years ago
Mary,  My first event was also a Turkey Trot in 2005.  Only did the 2 mile walk and upon completion shifted to running mode.  Started off 2008 on New Year's Day with the Frosty 5k which was my best time, not that speed is my strength,  I normally finish in the middle of the pack.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 12 years ago

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