Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey Trot and Family Time

Sorry I've been more absent this week. It's funny how heading out of town can make you feel disconnected from your normal schedule. I love visiting my parents and taking a step out of the real world, but it does lead to be forgetting to blog post and schedule time for that.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I most certainly did. There were very few things that I enjoy that didn't take place yesterday. I got to run, see friends, be with family, and eat delicious food. I didn't over-indulge too much, but I did enjoy my fair share of Thanksgiving goodies.

Luckily, I started the day yesterday at the Chattanooga Turkey Trot 8k. I was originally planning on running the 3 miler with my sister and Tim, but because they decided not to run it for different reasons, I went ahead and stepped up to the 8k since I had five miles on the docket for this week. It was such a fun race, but let me give you a sneak peek of part of the course:
Do you see how that neighborhood is called "Brainerd Hills"? Well it didn't fail to live up to its name. That's about half of the almost five miles, and I assure you that the rest was just as hilly. When we got there, we found the cutest costumes. Although we snuck a few photos, none of them did the trick. Finally I just went up and asked if I could take their picture, and they didn't mind at all. I wasn't the only one! How fun is this homemade turkey?! He wins the prize!
I was so excited to have my sister and Tim there as well as my dad, who has never been to one of my races! They also ended up being like photographers on the course! They snapped some great shots.
I ran this same race last year in 44:48, and my time yesterday was 42:21, so it was a PR by quite a bit. Last year I was having IT band problems, and this year I'm in peak week of marathon training, so it's all relative I guess. But a PR is a shiny new PR nonetheless. I'll set that one up on the shelf and enjoy it. 
My goal had been to run it at around an 8:30 per mile, and my watch showed 8:27/mile for 5.01 miles (an 8k is such an odd distance that I can't even tell you what the race distance was supposed to be). I count it as a success, and the shirt was pretty cute, long sleeved, and not white. I wear the one from last year a lot, so I'm sure I'll be wearing this one a lot too. 
Although that font does make it looks like it says turkey trut...

All these miles are adding up nicely for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge!

Afterwards we came home, my friend Blair came over for a little, and then it was time to eat! We had a house full, but it's always so much fun. I didn't take many pictures during Thanksgiving, but my family all remembered we needed to take a few after people had left. 
After we put our comfy clothes on my sister insisted on playing a board game. It was the last thing on my list of things I wanted to do. I wanted to sit on the couch and relax. We all finally agreed to play "apples to apples". Have you played before? That game is so much fun. I was the one who didn't want to play, and then I was the one begging to play again after the first game. It got intense!
It has been so nice to be home and spend time with family. We're all enjoying our time together relaxing, eating, and catching up. 

Today is a running off day, but I'm going to put in one mile on the treadmill to start off the Runner's World running streak. The whole plan is to run at least one mile every day between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day. It's a pretty big goal, but I think I'm up for it. Today's run will be slow, as I've got 18 to do tomorrow all around downtown Chattanooga.

Between that and watching all the rivalry football games, Saturday is going to be a big day!

What are you up to this weekend? How many miles on tap?


Crystal said...

You are doing so amazing! That race looks fun. I hope you enjoy your training run tomorrow.

Kat @ S and F said...

Looks like a great time, congrats! Wow a sweatshirt shirt!

Taylor said...

Congrats on the PR! And I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving!
(BTW playing Apples To Apples is like a tradition in my family for Thanksgiving/Christmas!!)

Beka said...

Cute shirt, and yes, it does look like Turkey Trut. LOL I haven't played Apples to Apples, but a lot of my friends love it. I need to find it and play.
Hope you get lots of rest and have a good run tomorrow!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

ahh I was just writing about how I missed out on playing games this year since we didn't get to see family!

love the dress on you!

Caitlin C. said...

Congrats on the PR!! I've always wanted to run a turkey trot. Mostly because I love the name of it :) Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family!

Jen said...

I really am sad I missed you. Did you see the pilgrim, indian, and turkey? That group was my favorite. The shirt was good this year. We didn't run last year, but the two years before that ('10 and '09) were not great. Glad you had fun with the fam! I love that dress! AND apples to apples is a great game. We own it and play it with students a lot.

Carli Alice said...

What an adorable dress! Love it.

The turkeys at the turkey trot seem fun.

Congrats on your PR!

Theodora said...

Awesome PR!

Marathon Mom said...

Congrats on the PR! Love the dress :)

test blog said...

That's a great time...woo hoo!! Looks like a fun family day too. Thanks for joining the linky party. :)

Erin said...

Good for you on the race!!! :) And definitely a fun, cute shirt!

We LOVE all games and especially Apples to Apples at our house!!

Meghan said...

Is that dress from Old Navy? I have a couple:)

Congrats on your PR - I actually think ours is the same, ha! Good luck on your 18-miler!

Abby said...

Congrats on the PR especially with all those hills (hills are the devil!).

jennifer said...

Awesome race time!!!!

I don't mind when people take a couple days off from blogging.. it gives me a chance to catch up on everyone ;) I haven't had much time to read blogs all week, so just now getting to the T-day posts!

And I LOVE board games!!

jillconyers said...

Great race and congrats on the PR! Apples to Apples is one of our favorite games. We've played it a lot the past few days :)

Rachel said...

I love that shirt!!! Cutest race shirt ever!! Way to go!! You are killing this marathon training!

Kelly said...

GREAT job on the race!! (love the color of your tshirt too :-)) Looks like you had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving weekend, love the family photos :-)

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