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I think this is the longest I have gone without blogging – but this thanksgiving I just took the time to enjoy my family, and just be thankful.  First and foremost – thankful that I have a family that can fly me home to be with them over the holiday!

I missed my Wednesday classes to fly home a day early.  Nobody goes to class that day anyway. The university should give us off, but for some silly reason they don’t.  I did a few errands with my mom, and just hung out most of the rest of the day.  It was nice not to have anywhere to go or anything to do.

Turkeyday, I woke up at the lovely hour of 6:45am (which is crazy early for me, I’m much more of a night person) for the Turkey Trot 8k! Before leaving the house I drank a couple of glasses of water, had a bit of coffee for extra energy, and a banana.  I wish I could have eaten more,  but I really don’t do well exercising with any food in my stomach.

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I didn’t try to convince my parents to stand out in the cold (40 degrees??) while I ran, so I just drove myself to the race.  I picked up my registration packet, then went back to the car to keep warm before the start.

The race started at 9am, and I signed up to run with wave 1 – the under 10 min/mile pace group.   I was anxious about signing up to run with this group as a first time runner, but in the end I’m glad I made that choice.

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There wer over 6000 participants!  It was so exciting, standing in the pen with all those other runner.  Inspiring even – I got off the start way faster than I had thought. I got off the line about 50 seconds after the official start – but the event was chip timed, so you’re racing the clock.

I hit mile 1 when the clock read 8:30 – an under 8 minute mile (minus my time before the start)! If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you that was impossible for me.  But I’m almost too good at pushing myself through these things. I had to tell myself many times to not push too hard.  I started getting a little tired, so I forced myself to find a more comfortable pace.  I didn’t catch my time at mile 2 or three, but I was feeling pretty good.  I most people around were passing me, but I had to remember that I was going at a pace that was much faster than usual.

I slowed down for water and had to re-tie my shoe a little after mile 3.  My legs were feeling great, but I was a little worn.  Again, too good at pushing myself! I was so excited when I saw the mile 4 sign – I thought for sure I had slipped back to a 9:30/10 min/mile pace, but the sign said 36:20! I again had to force myself not to go too hard when I still had a mile left to go.  I kept it relatively slow and comfortable until the finish was in sight.  Then, I sprinted for it.  I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast in my life!

How did I do in the end?

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If you had asked me a year ago I would have told you something like “I can’t run” or “my body just isn’t cut out for running”.  I’m glad I proved that girl wrong, and I’m more than thankful that I have a healthy body that can carry me 8 km in under an hour!  Hopefully next time I’ll have a running buddy or something :-)

After the race, they had some snacks and water – the goodie bag was virtual, they sent out some awesome coupons.

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I grabbed a water bottle, two clif crunch bars (really good!) for later, and ate the banana as I cooled down and stretched before heading back to my car.

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(excuse the crazy hair!)

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I ate half a vega protein bar (from my stash) in the car to refuel before heading home for a real breakfast.  When I got home, I was hungry, but not much sounded good – so I make myself a simple bowl of oats.

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Extra-thick rolled oats, chia, raw protein, vanilla, cinnamon and a splash of maple syrup.  Warm deliciousness!

The rest of the day was low-key, but very enjoyable.  We drove out to my Aunt’s house around midday to hang out before the meal.  Lots of family, music, hanging out, and of course lots of delicious food – that I made none of.  It was nice to actually sit back and let other people do the cooking, plus the kitchen at my aunt’s was crazy crowded.

And I didn’t take any food pictures.  I know – a food blogger who didn’t take pictures during one of the biggest foodie holidays of the year?  Shocker!  But there are plenty of amazing recipes and thanksgiving stories out there – I just wanted to just sit back, relax, enjoy my day with family and think about all that I am thankful for.  My healthy body, family, good food, and everything else.

How was your thanksgiving?

Do you run your local turkey trot? How did it go?

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13 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. Mariel (@Marielxox16)

    congrats to running girl! i don’t have strength to go on runs, but i would love to someday just for the fun of it!!

  2. Dawn

    I really want to go to a turkey trot next year after hearing about so many of the bloggers that I read enjoyed theirs….I will do one next year. It looks like so much fun.

  3. Kate

    Congrats on the turkey trot! I wish I could have done a race this year. I totally agree that universities should give Wednesdays off of school! The kids I babysit get the whole week of Thanksgiving off. Ah, to be in elementary school again :)

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