Well, it was not “your” ordinary Turkey Trot. I skipped the official Turkey trot here in Highlands Ranch yesterday and went for my own version of a Thanksgiving Run. The weather was pretty much perfect for a run. Temperatures were at 60 degrees when I left my house and there was only a little wind going. I wasn’t sure how far I would want to go and so just picked a route where I would have many options to adjust the distance as needed. I should have brought some water along for the run, but I did not and so I felt quite thirsty when I came home after 11 miles. The route I picked turned out to be very hilly in the end and I felt the effort for sure, but it’s all good.
This was my first run with double-digit miles since September and it marks the beginning of my next marathon training. I have been running actually quite a lot in the last 2 months, but most runs were between 6 and 8 miles. I am going to run the Little Rock Marathon in Arkansas on March 1st next year and so it is time to get some more miles in. As mentioned this was a hilly run yesterday, but overall everything felt good and I was happy to have a double-digit mileage run under my belt. I managed to maintain a sub-9 minute average pace for the entire run, but I know that miles 9 and 10 were the slowest of the run with a pace probably closer to around 9.30 minutes per mile. These 2 miles represent a long, steady hill that I had to run up with very little flat areas for recovery in between. I do not like hills, but then again I love hills because they really make you a strong runner. I know, I know – I am trying to kid myself when I say I love hills, but in the end I know that this extra effort is going to pay off nicely.
This was the first time I ran in the Asics Gel-Cumulus 15 shoes. These shoes made a good impression on the first run. They feel a little bit tighter in the front compared to the Nike Pegasus and the New Balance 880 running shoes, but overall it was Ok – especially for a first run in a new pair of shoes. I will provide a more detailed review about the Asics Gel-Cumulus running shoes a little bit down the road. So, make sure to enter your email address in the upper right to be notified about new postings or follow me on Twitter.
We were invited over to friend’s here in our immediate neighborhood. A couple of other families were there as well and we had plenty of food to choose from and even more options for dessert. I “concentrated” on turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and some bread and totally skipped the entire dessert because I felt so full. I guess I had so much water and chocolate milk after early afternoon run that it did not take that much food to feel full, but that was totally Ok. I know that I it is easy for me to over-eat and so it was totally Ok to skip the dessert.
Well, Thanksgiving is not just about food, but about giving thanks and there are quite a few things I am thankful for. For one I am thankful for my wife and my 9 year old son. I know that being a runner means to being away for a run quite often and they do accept my hobby and are very supportive. Thank you. I am thankful for friends and extended family. Life is so much better knowing you guys are around. I am thankful for being pretty much healthy – especially healthy enough so that I can go not just for a run, but healthy enough so that I can run marathons. As you get older you definitely appreciate being healthy and I hope that running is a driving factor for being healthy – now and in the future. I do run my own small business (it’s a side business) and while things have not been great the last two years I am thankful for it still helping us to pay some of our bills. I am thankful for being part of the running community in general. I have met so many great people through running – it is amazing and also extremely motivating.
Anyway, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day. Today (Friday) it is 68 degrees here in Highlands Ranch (Denver Metro Area). As soon as my wife will be back from Black Friday shopping I will head out for a short run. Tomorrow I want to do another 10 or 11 mile run as part of my marathon training. What are your plans for this weekend?