Anyways, now that the Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping have both passed, the craziness is starting to subside in my household and I can hope the same for you.
I had a super delicious dinner on Thursday night celebrating with my parents and brothers. In fact, my 13-year-old brother, Jordan, cooked our entire meal...all day long he stood in the kitchen and cooked and baked everything from scratch. Oh, then left all of the dirty dishes of course all over the kitchen for everyone else to clean up #typicaljordan.
I just had to share my delicious and impressive dinner with you before I shared my other great Turkey Day accomplishment. I ran my first 8k on Thursday morning! With my motivating boyfriend (matching jersey on the right) and his friend by my side, it was a really enjoyable and relatively easy 5-mile run.
Here is a photo of the three of us just before heading out to the starting line!
Incase you didn't know, running outside is very different than on a treadmill though. It's much more challenging with the wind resistance beating against you and the cold air flowing into your lungs. On the plus side, the outdoor scenery and the mindset that you are actually going somewhere, not just running on what feels like a never ending moving belt, makes running outside more enjoyable, for me at least.
Back to the race, I was nervous at the start and for days prior but was so determined to run this thing, in its entirety. When I crossed that finish line, 5 steady miles later, it was the best feeling, one that I will never forget.
For your knowledge, the race that I completed is called the Turkey Trot. Composed of 14,000 participants, and in its 119th year, the Trot is an annual outdoor Thanksgiving Day race, organized by the YMCA. To learn more about it, visit their website.
I hope you had a really nice Thanksgiving!
Thanks for reading :)