How is it the week of Thanksgiving? Could someone take their foot off the gas pedal, please? I may have a Christmas tree or 2 up, I still feel like time is flying too fast.
Between going back to work last week and still feeling off due to the medication change, I didn’t even attempt any weekday runs. I did lament over the lack of treadmill though. It’s not even the cost- don’t get me wrong, they are expensive- but I have no where to put a treadmill. Short of buying a new outdoor shed for it. And let’s be real, that’s just too extra.
So, weekend running it was. Or planned to be. I headed out for a few miles just like planned. I was slower than molasses but it felt pretty good. I really do feel like my running joy is coming back, I just still have trouble getting out the door.
Sunday turned messy. My tv boxes needed replacing and they said Sunday between 12-4. Then ghosted us. WTH? I was so mad. It ruined my whole day. Yes, I know I should have run in the morning but I didn’t want to. That’s on me. The rest of the day, not so much. Again, I wanted a treadmill. Also I may have done a little too much online shopping while I was waiting for the tv people. Oops.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, who is getting out for a Turkey Trot? I’m volunteering at a local one but hoping to get out for a few miles after that. We don’t eat too early on Thanksgiving but fairly early. And there will be no running after that. Even though turkey is not really my thing, I will likely eat more than I should. And then back to work on Friday.
I need to get my trail legs back under me, I have big plans for some future adventures. Fingers crossed. Also not too fond of my trail shoes right now but what else is new. I swear I never used to have these issues, haha.
I still haven’t figured out the weekly running thing. I didn’t realize how much one change in another area of life was going to affect my weekday running.
I did get on the bike on Tuesday but I only managed 4.2ish miles before I was running to the bathroom. I blamed it on my GI condition being an asshat but turns out it could have been food poisoning. I pick up lunch for my coworkers once a month and Tuesday we chose Panda. And on that Tuesday, half of us got sick. We’re on Panda strike now.
Oh and for extra fun, my dog treed a possum on Wednesday evening. In the cold and pouring rain. Picture me in my pajamas in the rain trying to catch a crazed dog and attempt to keep the possum up the tree. Sorry neighbors.
Thursday brought Thanksgiving and rain. No complaints by me, I gave up on snowy holidays long ago and just ask for clouds and rain now. Success! Except I was volunteering at a new local Turkey Trot and it was so cold! However that did not effect the turnout- it was a smash! It was also a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter so double win! Oh and the cutest Turkey Trot-er ever!
Then it was family time. With both parents having fun hospital trips in the last couple months, no one was feeling the effort of cooking a turkey dinner. And let’s be real, any attempts on my part would have ended up with my mother cooking it. So we flopped with the usual Christmas dinner and had Beef Stroganoff. Which meant I needed the stretchy pants. I don’t like turkey so I usually eat very little with traditional Thanksgiving fare.
Saturday brought some damn cold rain. I layered up to run outside but changed my mind when I took the dog out on a leash to go to the bathroom. I de-layered and headed to the gym instead. That one I pay for monthly but never use. It wasn’t horrible and I finished 4ish slow miles. Anyone else run 1-2 minutes slower on the treadmill?
Sunday was still raining but about 10-15 degrees warmer. I was probably overdressed for my 5 mile run but whatever. Parts of this run felt pretty good and part was a struggle thanks to the moisture in the air. Oh well.
9ish miles for the week. Not marvelous but better than last week!
I love the idea of Turkey Trots but rarely make it to an actual one due to either distance or time. I was stoked to hear that the Oakland Turkey Trot offered a virtual option. Don’t get me wrong- as race day grew closer I wished I could join the party. Everything they were posting on Instagram made me wish I could drive to Oakland on Thanksgiving. The swag, the mural painting, the fun- man, I wish I could go!
My bib and swag arrived a few days before the race. Talk about swag! I’ve run much larger races and received way less. Oakland knows how to treat their runners right!
Race morning- Thanksgiving Day
The advantage to a virtual run is I could run anytime I wanted to; for me that was around 12. Woo hoo! No early wake up call and perfect temps. Actually I overdressed as I had been sick during the week before and thought it was colder than it was. Oops.
I was going to run my normal 5k route from my house but flip the beginning and the end so I could have a nice downhill finish. Since I had been sick and this was a virtual race, I treated this more like a hard push run than a race. I walked the first 5 minutes of mile 1- crazy right? But my later start meant I was already pushing it with family plans.
From then on, it was a comfortable push tempo pace, enjoying the fall colors in my neighborhood. I added in a hill in the middle to take out a hill at the end but still had around 300 ft of elevation over the 5K. I don’t live in a flat area. I walked another block or so during mile 2 due to an off leash dog. When the lady grabbed the dog in alarm, I wasn’t taking any chances so I slowed way down until I was well past them.
All in all, I finished the 5k in 33:33 which made me laugh at the perfectness of it. It also reassured me that had I actually raced it, I would have likely subbed 30. Don’t have to worry about off leash dogs during races and I usually warm up first. 😛
I still wish I could have joined the epic party up in Oakland but I was glad I got to participate in anyway.
So, another week was lost to whatever the hell bug I am fighting. I completed 1 at home workout and ran a pretty good virtual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. So instead of dragging on and on about a crappy training week and how sick I am, let’s catch up via a Rambling On. It’s been a while.
I wish I could blame it all on the sickness but I have already watched a ridiculous amount of cheesy Christmas movies. And there are more on tap. Also, they have an app this year- so you can check off the cheesiness and not miss a single one! Yes, I downloaded it. 😛
Work has finally calmed down a little; I feel like I am wading in the water now not drowning. That said, we are being audited this week and I have to take my notary renewal seminar so fingers crossed I don’t go back under again. I seem to stress easier these days. I just keep telling myself I am almost to vacation, almost to vacation. Also, wish me luck for staying awake during the seminar. I have troubles with that- every single time.😒
I miss running. This time change and I aren’t getting along. Combine that with this stupid cold/flu and I haven’t made it out for a run after work since before the time change. I hate going to the gym. I just do. I pay monthly but honestly couldn’t tell you the last time that I was there. I recently checked out online treadmill prices and while there was one or two that I could afford, I have nowhere to put one. So that is a pipe dream that I can only dream about.
As much as I am fighting the beginning of December and therefor the end of 2018, all the trees are up. The big tree is up at home, the work tree is up at work. Work still needs more fine tuning- I don’t know if I am feeling inspired enough to wrap the garlands around the beams this year. That’s just a lot of work. I wasn’t feeling the decorations on my little tree this year though. Luckily my mother has kept everything from childhood so I was able to pull some and create a themed tree. Why haven’t I done this sooner????
I have added a Captain America and Harry Potter and have a Tardis ornament coming. Best tree ever!
How was your week? How was your Thanksgiving? Have you decorated yet?
If you’re anything like me, you love chilling out, relaxing with the family and eating some really good food. Possibly too much food. Yes, please!
However, I love the idea of getting in some #turkeytrot miles before hand. Make some room for some of the calories I am about to consume? Sign me up!
Except the options in my area are rather limited. There’s one 45 minutes away that I know I won’t drive to. The one I have done is so sneaky it never advertises online nor is registration available online so I never really know if it’s even happening. So now what?
The Oakland Turkey Trot is a party for the whole family. They offer a 5K, 5K VIP and a variety of options for kids in a Stomper’s Stomp. They offer you a fun, healthy way to start your day and to give back to the Oakland community. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Oakland community. Oakland Turkey Trot partners with the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland’s Public Schools, the City of Oakland, the local mayor and other local charities to help benefit the community.
Plus it looks like a blast.
I know what you’re thinking. Wait, Fallon, you won’t drive 45 minutes but you’re driving to Oakland? Sadly, I am not.
But they have a virtual option! Sign up for the virtual race, run the miles on your own on Turkey Day and they send you all the same amazing race swag. And the medal is pretty sweet. Check out their Insta.
I may be missing out on the party on Thanksgiving morning but you don’t have to! Use code BROTTVIP to save 10% on registration. Or use it to register for the virtual option like me.