I’ve been a bit behind on my blog posts so I’ll try to get caught up over the next few days.  I thought, though, I would start with writing about today – Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is time to be thankful – and that I am.  I’m thankful for the usual things – health, family, and friends – all things I try not to take for granted but I’m sure I do.

I have the best memories of Thanksgiving growing up – it’s the reason that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  When I don’t spend Thanksgiving with my own family, I have to say I feel a little down.  This year, we are spending Christmas with them so we’re spending Thanksgiving with my husband’s family in Salem, Or.

In order to keep myself occupied, I decided that I would make the most of the day and look for some sort of turkey trot – I needed to burn off some calories before I over indulged.  I did some research a few weeks ago and  found one – Run’ucopia. They had 5, 10, and 15k options – PERFECT!  I chose the 10k. I figured a 5k isn’t worth getting up early and I didn’t want to be the last one finishing a 15k.  It was a 5k course but if you wanted to do the 10 or 15k, you had to make a couple more loops – I also figured I could only make myself do the course twice.  Three loops on the same course is a bit much.

As my alarm went off this morning, I had second thoughts – do I really want to get up- it feels a bit cold outside.  It would be so nice to sleep in but I chose to get up and I’m so glad I did.  Since no one in Alan’s family runs and Alan was on turkey duty, I found myself alone at a race again. Honestly, I realize I enjoy going to races by myself.  Running is a selfish sport and I don’t have to worry about planning for someone else – I just have to make sure I make it to the starting line.  And plus it makes me step out of my comfort box and talk to people. – I learned about a few new races and ended up making a new friend.  A new friend on Thanksgiving it can’t get much better than that!

The Run’ucopia was a great race!   They ran out of hot chocolate but it didn’t bother me – I had my heart set on a tall nonfat no whip peppermint mocha as my reward.  I ran my best time in 2 years.  I was so proud of myself.  I’ve been working on enjoying running again and it finally showed off and it made my reward taste that much better!

So even though I didn’t get to indulge in my mom’s multiple casseroles or pecan pie, it was a very happy Thanksgiving. Dinner at Alan’s aunt’s house was wondferful – and it was so great to make some new memories.  I’m thankful for everyone in my life and every opportunity that has come into my path.



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