Thanksgiving and Running
Ya ya, while everyone else is showing pictures of their Christmas decorated house/tree I’m still talking about Thanksgiving over here… and of course running 🙂 Last week was busy, but I loved every second of it. I worked Monday and Tuesday and was lucky enough to work from home Wednesday so I could get some stuff done around the house. I had two great 8 mile runs with Jolene (Wed- 7:54 pace/ Fri- 7:55 pace) and a decent mid week speed sesh on Thursday…
This was actually a really tough run. I ended up doing the last 1.5 miles in .5 mile increments. I did it on the treadmill, so I was able to keep that pace. After my run I had some oatmeal and quickly got ready for my mom and sister to come over. We decorated a bit (thanks to my mom) and it felt very fall-like.
We cooked and hung out. I love spending time with my family. Our spread was pretty nice this year: rolls, squash casserole, stuffing, green beans, corn bread casserole, mashed potatoes, turkey and homemade cranberry sauce. For dessert: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, mince meat (heavily spiced apples and raisins) pie and a cake from Publix.
We started our Turkey before I started running. Baked it for 30 minutes at 450 then about 3.5 more at 350, basting every 30-45 min. It turned out great!
I don’t think I mentioned it before, but we hosted Thanksgiving this year so all the family came to us. I was a little worried/nervous, but everything turned out great and everyone had a good, yummy time! I piled my plate high and of course grazed the rest of the day on leftovers, haha.
We got some great family pictures… Click on the pic of Todd, Kara and I and check out Kara’s teeth. OMG. I love them.
After everyone left we went for a walk around the lake that made our tummies feel better. If you’re not stuffed after Thanksgiving, you didn’t do it right! I think all that food was what I needed to be fueled for my 20 miler on Sunday. This was another tough workout and I was nervous going into it. The left shows the goal and the right was what I actually did:
I was really happy with how I ran it and can’t help but compare this same run to what I did last training cycle and how much I’ve improved. Of course, the weather and lack of pumping certainly helps, but still. Not to be too cliche on a Thanksgiving post, but I’m so thankful for a loving, understanding husband who supports my running. I’m thankful for Kara and being able to run well again after pregnancy. I’m even more thankful for amazing family and friends who are always there for me. I’m just THANKFUL. I hope I tell those people enough how much I love and appreciate them <3