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:

A nice path with several scenic wooden bridges.

I love the bridges along this path. My wife (the real photographer in the family) took this photo.

I enjoy running the local trails, especially in the fall.

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?

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8 Responses to Thankful

  1. A few months ago (when I already had three pairs of Green Silence – all different colors) I debated whether to try out a racing flat by another company, but ultimately I decided that I had zero problems with the Green Silence…so I just bought another color :-) I got the online only pair with the green upper and the black/green soles.

    • Matt says:

      I’ve been leaning toward another pair of the Green Silence for the same reason. My only hesitation is that I just haven’t tried any other racing flats so I don’t know what I’m missing and if any others might work even better for em than the Green Silence have. On the other hand, it can be tough enough to find a product (shoes or otherwise) that works really well like the Green Silence have for me, so why mess with a good thing?! I really like the color scheme you mentioned as well as the one with blue uppers and red soles. I’d be happy with any of the Green Silence colors, though. :)

  2. Ali Mc says:

    I read this yesterday on my phone but it wouldn’t let me comment (my phone not your blog) I love the wooden bridge pictures. I can’t answer any of the questions b/c none apply to me :P I have heard racing flats are good for SHORT distances but a death wish for marathons. SO if you are contemplating doing a full maybe don’t do it in flats :D

    • Matt says:

      Thanks, Ali – I’m glad you like the bridge photos. :) I’ll definitely be running on that trail again. Another cool thing about it is that it cuts through a nice-looking neighborhood at one point and also joins up with the trail at a nearby park that leads to a six-mile loop.

      The last two of the three half marathons I’ve run have been in racing flats and they’ve worked well for me at that distance. But another 13.1 miles is quite a step up! I know a few people who have worn racing flats for full marathons, but they’re all faster than me so they don’t have to spend as much time absorbing that shock over the course of a longer race. I can always try a long training run or two in flats to see if I think they’ll work for me in a full marathon. If I don’t wear racing flats for a marathon though, I think my PureFlow will work well instead.

  3. Ali Mc says:

    PS: tommie copper giveaway on my blog – yep, one for the men!!!!!

  4. Hehe thanks for the shoutout! Glad you guys got some good runs in. That trail looks so peaceful and great to run on! I’ve never done racing flats, but most people I know have some form from brooks, so I cant offer an alternative. I tend to bounce around somewhat with shoes. My problem is I want them all!

    • Matt says:

      No problem, Megan – great race recap! The people running in the float (especially when it got stuck at the starting line) and the people holding the pole would’ve driven me crazy, haha. We’re really lucky to have so many nice trails in this area. :)

      I’m the same way with shoes, and running gear in general. Even when something works well for me, I still get curious about trying all of the alternatives out there!

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