Turkey Trot and too much food

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone had good food and a good time.

I don’t say it enough but I am truly thankful for my family and friends.   I don’t know where I would be without them.   They put up with a lot of my crap :)

When my alarm went off this morning, I admit to questioning my sanity in running a race on Thanksgiving.    Once I finally managed to drag myself out of bed, I was wishing that the race was a 5K and not a 10K.  I was feeling ill so eating prior to the race was not an option.  I got ready and then headed out to meet C and her husband.   It was going to be her first 10K :)

It was cold!

It was cold!

The race was small as was expected.  Could it have been better organized? Yes but they still did a good job.  Start and finish was in actually in a supermarket parking lot, which was hopping.   More people than I expected were out getting last minute items for Thanksgiving.   We started on time and we were off.   The race was an out and back along a back road.   It was primarily flat with a fairly decent downhill around mile 2.3 until the turn around.   Thing about that downhill?  It was uphill on the way back. Ugh.  But there have been way worse hills in other races, so I sucked it up and ran.  I passed C and her husband on the way back up.

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Mile 4, my stomach cramped and it never really went away.  It made for an uncomfortable last 2 miles.  Heading back towards the parking lot, I could see my family on the corner.  It was a Thanksgiving miracle, my pops and brother were there with my mom as well.

The brother, did I mention the cold?

The brother, did I mention the cold?

I crossed the finish line at 56:21.   I felt like I was slower than that so woo hoo!   We were told our times at crossing and then had to report them to the registration table.   There were only 3 age groups- Amateur (high school), Open (18-35), and Master (35-up).   I was either 3rd in my age group or just 3rd to report in, not sure which.    I then waited to see C and her husband come across.  I think I will always try to get one these in our races (well until they become faster than me)-

Leaving him in the dust!

Leaving him in the dust!

goofballs :)

goofballs :)

The rest of the day was spent with my family, possibly eating too much food.  But it was yummy.   We watched some TV (Independence Day- we were holiday confused) and played with the puppy.

Tomorrow is Christmas Tree day :) I will avoid all stores as much as possible.  I plan to meet C and another friend for lunch and maybe hit the gym in the afternoon.  Hopefully neither of those places will be too crowded.  I really should do homework as well. Ha!

On the upside, today’s race pushed me 5 miles passed my Pile on the Miles challenge for November!!  I followed through with something!!!! And I have 2 days to spare.

I hope that everyone had a truly wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Almost Turkey Time!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!!!

Anyone racing tomorrow?  Have to rationalize the calories someway right?

A puppy is tiring and she isn’t even mine.    Just playing with her is exhausting.    She passed her first vet check with flying colors.  What is it about the vets office that makes all animals want to cuddle?  She didn’t even have a frame of reference, but she was not happy.   She also finally has a name.  Meet Zoey-

Hi!!!

Hi!!!

Vacation brain has somewhat set in but I was able to get in a 5 mile run on Tuesday.   It started out really sluggish but all in all it was a pretty good run.  I never quite got up to speed but I felt good at the end.  This run also put me within 1.1 miles of my Pile on the Miles goal!  Woo hoo!   I may succeed at a challenge!

Tomorrow’s Turkey Trot will be the final push needed to meet my goal.   It should be a smaller race, there’s only race day registration available.  But it’s also fairly cheap and it benefits the local high school wrestling team as well as the food bank.  I am planning on meeting C and her husband there tomorrow morning.   It’s close, so I can pretty much roll out of bed and head over there.  (See- Slacker!!!!)  I would not say that I am super prepared for this so my goal is just have fun.   It will be more for the camaraderie than the pace.  I say that now, we’ll see if I follow through or bolt at the starting line :)

I thought by this point of vacation, I would be going a little stir crazy. But, nope, just slacking it big time.   I should be Christmas shopping, I have an advertising plan that I am woefully behind on.   Actually forget Christmas, both my parents birthdays are next week.  I need to register for classes, etc etc.   I did manage to get my car to the dealer to fix the door locks and made it through a dentist appointment with flying colors.   :)   I also met some friends for a yummy lunch today.  We couldn’t decide where to go, so we hit the Irish pub.  I had never been there before.  Pretty sad considering it’s 2 blocks for where I used to work…for 5 years.    We ate some of the largest salads I have ever seen.   M’s made me laugh, it was called the “Man Salad”.  It looked amazing though.  We may have gone over their lunch a bit, oops.

Now its time to get some rest for tomorrows race and family fun to follow.  Plus puppy time!

I hope anyone who’s traveling has safe journeys.

Anyone else running a “trot” tomorrow?  Good luck!

 

A Fresh Start

Seriously, where did November come from?  Slow down!!!

It’s been almost 3 weeks since my half marathon and they have been 3 busy, erratic and lethargic weeks.  I have had some trouble mustering up motivation lately.   I have completed my 3 runs per week like planned but they have not exactly been quality runs.    Not to mention that my eating habits have taken a nosedive.  Enough is enough.

Today is the bright shiny start of a new month and the end of my lethargy.  (Fingers crossed)  As today is Friday and work is usually crazier, I did not plan to run just to eat a hell of a lot better than I have been.  Mission semi accomplished.   It’s a good thing I planned on running tomorrow and not today as I would have had to cancel and that would have just made me cranky. 

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Last minute pirate…that’s fairy tale right?

 

 Yesterday ( Halloween!), we dressed up and had a potluck and that was the great part of the day.  However at 3:30 the network crashed and we lost all internet connectivity.  Well crap.  We left as usual hoping that it would be fixed by this morning.  No such luck.  We ran the entire day with no computers.  About the only thing the computers could do without the network was tell us the time.  And we lost our phones.   I think I put more minutes on my cell phone today calling other locations than I have in the last 3 months.  Poor phone.   So, yeah, work ran over today, I didn’t even get home until almost 8.  :(

 I think that part of my ennui was that I really wanted to find another half marathon to do before the end of the year, but couldn’t find one that fit with my schedule or budget.   Also with the time change coming, in years past I have always become a much bigger Slacker in November and December.  This year I want to be better than previous years, I am hoping that this blog will help keep me accountable!  Call me out if I get too lazy!!!!

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New goal?

I have been looking at various running challenges for November and I may do one. I will post when I make up my mind.   I want to look more in depth tonight and tomorrow before I decide. I will post when I make up my mind. As for races, Spooner’s Cove 5 mile Trail Run, here I come!!!! C and I are also looking at a 10K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning :)

So here’s to be being a little less of a Slacker going forward!

I hope everyone had an amazing Halloween!

Anyone else DVR’ing the New York marathon like me this weekend?   I know, I’m a big nerd!