I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. After a family, friend, and travel filled weekend, I finally have a chance to collect my thoughts.
Our Thanksgiving weekend started on Wednesday with some after dinner drinks with friends. In an attempt to avoid the crazy downtown bar scene we headed to the Green Well Gastro Pub near the East Town area. Mission successful. We found parking right out front and were seated right away. It was great to catch up with them.
Thursday morning started out with the Gobble Wobble – a 4 mile run in EGR. We got to the race site at 7:30AM and they were already having some issues. Despite having pre-registered, they were out of race shirts in our size. We both ended up with larges rather than the small and medium we requested. They are probably going into the “never wear” pile as they are way too big. Oh well. The post race festivities would make up for it.
This event was an untimed, family friendly event. Dogs and strollers were welcome as well as a few little kids on bikes. Having the dogs, strollers, and bikes on the course worried me a bit, but it actually seemed to go very smoothly despite the 1200 runners.
The course was pretty good and every 1/2 mile or so, they had a sign like “You just earned 5 bites of pie”, or “Bring on the turkey!”.
I ran with Jennie the whole time to encourage her along as this was her longest race ever. She did great and ran the entire way except for a quick pit stop to strip a layer. She even had a enough left for a good kick at the end.
The post race refreshments were top notch. Donuts and cider from Robinette’s. We both had our fair share of each. After that, they had a pie eating contest (we watched) and a raffle. As is becoming the usual, I won another raffle. With my raffle winning streak, I really need to buy a lotto ticket. I ended up winning a bike lock and Jennie got a set of sport hair bands.
After the race, we headed home, took an hour nap and then got ready for our first Thanksgiving feast.
Normally we spend Thanksgiving day with Jennie’s family but decided to switch things up this year and stayed in Grand Rapids for turkey at my aunt and uncle’s. It is a good thing we showed up because it was one of the first times we have had the entire side of the family together at once.
After indulging in copious amounts of turkey, potatoes, gravy, pie, ice cream, etc., we were feeling quite rotund. After leaving, we headed over to my Dad’s side of the family for a quick visit before calling it a night.
Friday (Thanksgiving Day Part 2)
Friday started off with traveling across the state to the in-laws for a second Thanksgiving. After visiting for a bit, we sat down to another turkey dinner with the all the fixings. Some good old tryptophan and wine led to a nice post dinner snooze.
I dragged myself turkey and potato filled self out of bed and got ready for an early morning run. I was inspired by a Facebook post by Jon about going on a 10 mile run, so I decided to head out on a 10 miler of my own. I drove over to parking lot near Stonycreek Metropark to start my run. It is $4 to drive into the park, but free to run in and I’m a cheapskate.
It ended up working out perfectly as it was 2 miles to the lake, 6 miles around the lake, and then 2 miles back to the car. I finished in nearly 1:20 flat for an 8:00 min/mile average. It was a hard run coupled with the fact that that it was really windy and my arteries were clogged with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and beer. Despite that, I was really happy with the run as it was my first decent run since my 20 miler last weekend.
After my run, I settled in and watched a one hour special on the 2010 Ironman Wisconsin. My father-in-law saw it scheduled on Universal Sports a couple weeks ago and DVR-ed it for me to watch. It was really cool to watch an event that I was actually at. Although I didn’t make it in the video (if only that camera would have panned to the left a little more), it was neat to see some of the same athletes that I saw in T2. It really made me even more anxious for 2011 (287 days until IMWI – that’s for you Mandy)
We headed back home later that afternoon so that we could be home for the Notre Dame – USC game. This was a big game for ND. They have struggled against USC losing the last 8 years. This year would be different. Despite many miscues by my beloved Irish that had me yelling at the TV, they hung on and pulled off a last minute victory. Woohoo!
Sunday was a day of lounging. So nice to finally not have anything to do. While I am super thankful for all of the time spent with family and friends, it was nice to be able to just sit and veg out for a bit. I did sneak out for a late afternoon run followed by a run with Jennie.
Tomorrow it is back to the daily grind…
Thanks for reading!