. . . and sometimes it doesn’t feel so great
This Thanksgiving was bittersweet, in more ways than one. Bitterly cold, for example, which had me running on the treadmill instead of in a Turkey Trot. I’ve run in weather that cold, but it was just not calling to me this year.
Also bittersweet because we all agreed that my Dad can no longer travel here for Thanksgiving. When we moved here almost 10 years ago, we went to my parents. Then it became clear it was too much for my Mom (and now I know why!), so my sister took it over. Unlike my mom, my sister wouldn’t let us have the dogs in the house so it was a pain.
My sister works retail, and while she doesn’t work on Thanksgiving, she does work Black Friday. So then I took it over — which in some ways made my life easier, in other ways much harder. Because it’s really all on me.
After just a few short years hosting, just as I feel as though I’m hitting my stride! — I’ll be hanging up my mom’s turkey salt shakers next year. I had changes in mind if I were hosting next year, but the universe had a different kind of change in mind.
- Monday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
- Tuesday: YFPR Strengthen & Stabilize (30 minutes)
- Wednesday: Pilates Legs & Abs (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (5 minutes), YFR Hamstrings
- Thursday: 3.5 treadmill miles (baby it’s cold out there!) + apparently another 3.5 miles hosting Thanksgiving
- Friday: Total Body Pilates (10 minutes), YFPR Flexibility & Flow (30 minutes)
- Saturday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
- Sunday: Yogaworks AM (10 minutes), Yogafusion (60 minutes), Dogwalk
Mileage: 13.5 (-2.5)
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I knew my body wouldn’t be super excited about running two days in a row, but I have other things on my plate for Tuesday, not to mention we’re supposed to get pretty messy weather in the morning.
I headed out to the park after some Thanksgiving grocery shopping that thankfully wasn’t too painful. While mostly clear, there are still icy patches, so it was a slow run/hike. Especially as I took the little bridge into the adjoining neighborhood, which wasn’t at all clear, and I did pause my Garmin for that stretch.
I even wore trail shoes, and I’m glad I did, although most of the time it was okay.
It struggled & failed to make it out of the teens on Thursday. There was no dogwalk and no Turkey Trot either. It wasn’t just the weather, my hamstrings have been bothering me and the Turkey Trot I do is very hilly. But that wasn’t it either . . . it was really a matter of time and motivation. My family got here really late after a GPS mishap and I needed every extra second!
I wanted to run 5 miles but there wasn’t enough time. I settled for 3.5 miles . . . the same amount as my Turkey Trot. It was my own personal Turkey Trot that ended with a little bit of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
I met up with the group this week and even got to share my run with someone for a change. I really did want to get in 7 miles, but no one else wanted to run more than an hour, and I’m just going with my body probably needs the break anyway. Totally forgot to take photos!
Favorites of the week
I think part of my time crunch with Thanksgiving this year was that I ran a half so much later in the year and the fact that the the week before and the week of Thanksgiving were packed with vet visits, ending with Lola’s visit to the cardiologist.
Remember, the regular vet thought her heart might be enlarged — she’s 13! He recommended we see a cardiologist. The cardiologist listened to everything, took her pulses, and had already reviewed that xray. He said chihuahua hearts tend to look big on xrays.
He said without the ultrasound he couldn’t 100% guarantee that she’s fine, but he really thought she was and saw no reason to do the ultrasound. He is the same cardiologist we saw with Chester, who ultimately died from heart failure. I trust him completely. So that was a big relief!
And then while getting ready for Thanksgiving I also decided to do a deep dive into some decluttering and redecorating . . .
Thanksgiving went relatively well, and the Instant Pot did a great job with the turkey breasts. Trader Joes had precooked turkey legs this year & everyone enjoyed that along with their Turkey Breast en Croute (which Mr. Judy & I enjoyed again the next day).
Ultimately no games were played. Everyone seemed to enjoy watching the parade and the dog show (which luckily we’d taped).
Today I went to a yogafusion class with Running Buddy J. It was taught by her favorite yoga teacher. It was at Athleta, so it was free — can’t beat that!
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And today the above happened. I don’t know what Gizmo was thinking (Bandit was already in the bed when Gizmo just decided he wanted to be in it too). Seriously, this is a cat who used to hate dogs. He’s old enough now (17) that apparently he just doesn’t care — he wants what he wants when he wants it.
Let’s just say that Bandit is still somewhat unpredictable — he actually snarled at me last weekend when I tried to get him out of a bed, which he’s never done before — and this made me incredibly nervous — it sounded like maybe Bandit was growling just a little, but he didn’t do anything — and once I finished taking photos I encouraged Gizmo to move on.
Let’s get the conversation started:
How was your Thanksgiving?
Did you crush a Turkey Trot?
Any great Black Friday finds? Amazon had the Garmin Vivoactive 3 at a good price, but I decided to wait on it & see if it drops any further as the holiday madness progresses.