Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends.

Ahhh... it is the end of the night, the kiddos have been asleep for many hours and I have a bit of time to reflect.

It really was a joyful, fun day. I was up at 5:30 am to get breakfast started for everyone, start my hydration and jump into my running clothes for the Turkey Trot later that morning.

We arrived with plenty of time for me to run a 1 mile warm up, followed by stretching and a few sprints to loosen up my muscles. I knew going into the race that I was NOT super ready, just getting back into racing shape and my mileage has been on the lower side since the marathon in September.
Nevertheless, I was excited to get another race under my belt and it would be a great way to get a speed workout in.


8 am starts the race. I had set my Garmin to 6:30 pace and knew within the first 1/2 mile that I just wasn't feeling fast. "Forge Ahead!" I tell myself. "There is still time to pull it together."

First mile = 7:13
Whoa! Feeling not on top of my game..

Second mile = 7:02
Better, but need a major sub 7

Third mile = 7:22
Bummer! That hill really got me (note to self - more hill repeats!)

Official finish time 22:18 - 5th place in overall women, 3rd in my age group. Yay!

This was a good indicator of where I am right now and the hard work I need to put in over the next month and beyond to get ready for Boston.
Bring it on!

The race had 2 very cool bouncy houses to keep the kids entertained and we all a great morning together.

Hubby drove the kids home and I decided to run home (6 1/2 miles) to add more to the weekly total.

Total mileage for this Turkey Day... 10.5 miles

The weather was stinkin' UNBELIEVABLE here today. So much so that we had our Thanksgiving celebration outside. It was wonderful and kind of weird all at the same time (I'm from Ohio - you don't EVER do Thanksgiving outside!).

I hope you all got a great run in today - be it a Turkey Trot, or just a run to help negate the calories we all consumed today.

Leave a comment below - tell me about your Turkey Day run!

Happiness Is Running Life!
xo, Natalie

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