I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and were able to spend time with family and/or friends. I have a lot for which I’m thankful, and I want to make sure I keep that in mind every day and let those close to me know on a regular basis…not just on a holiday. I had a great Thanksgiving. My wife and I went for a morning run with a small group, and we really enjoyed the run and the company. We were pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people out on one of the local trails on the holiday morning. It was a great way to start the day, as well as burn a few last-minute calories before spending time with family, having some great food, and watching a lot of football later in the day. There’s a very popular (20,000+ runners) Turkey Trot in Detroit before the parade on Thanksgiving morning, with 5K and 10K options, but we haven’t run that one yet. We’re trying to save a little money, the parking is probably tricky considering there’s also parade and football traffic, and it just sounds like a very crowded race. And I don’t think I’d be too excited about getting stuck – like Megan from WatchMeGoRun did – behind people running slowly inside a homemade float or holding poles.
Here are just a few of the countless things for which I’m very thankful:
- A very loving and supportive family
- My awesome friends, old and new
- A place to live
- Food on our table
- The ability to run
- The local running community
- The people I’ve met and friends I’ve made through running
- Every one of you who takes the time to read this blog
- And many, many more…
In addition to running on Thanksgiving morning, I was also able to run throughout the long weekend and take advantage of some unseasonably warm weather. I did a tempo-style run, a long-ish run with my wife along a route that was partially new to us, and a rainy (but good) four-miler. Here are a few photos from our long run:
In other news I’ll probably blog more about in the near future…I’m pretty close to deciding when and where I’ll try my first marathon, and I’m about due for some new racing shoes. I’m excited to run a full marathon, but it also makes me nervous. Regarding racing flats, I’ve been very happy with the Brooks Green Silence (I have the Black/Kelly Green color scheme) that I’m getting ready to retire and was sure I’d go with another pair of those when my current pair wore out. But I’ve been wondering if I should at least look around a little bit to see what similar shoes are out there. The Green Silence I’m getting ready to retire are my first racing flats, so I don’t have experience with other racing shoes. But I like the fit and feel of the Green Silence, including the width of the toe box, so I’m wondering if I should avoid messing with a good thing and just go with another pair of them. Decisions, decisions…
How was your Thanksgiving? Were you able to run close to your normal mileage over the holiday weekend?
Do you run in racing flats? If so, which brand/model and how have they worked for you?
When you find a good pair of running shoes, do you automatically get another pair of that model when it’s time for new shoes or do you consider other models?