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Should their be races on Christmas?
Disclaimer: This post is long, interesting and a quick read as anything the day after Thanksgiving should be. There’s also a giveaway if you read far enough!
I’ve been gone from the blogging world for awhile. I’ve also been gone from the running world for awhile.
Yesterday, I made my triumphant return to the world of running. Before yesterday, I ran a total of probably 10 miles since the marathon. After yesterday’s annual Thanksgiving day run, I’m up to 14!
Our annual Thanksgiving day run is a tradition 12+ years in the making and is definitely not to be missed. Each Thanksgiving morning at 7:30am , my
dad’s running group, the OWIES, meet at the same old spot as is done every Saturday of the year. But this particular mid-week run is special for a few reasons: beer and kringle…..and I suppose it’s also nice to know that the few guys who only show up on this day are still alive.
Inevitably, someone’s kids are always dragged along on this run. Not so long ago, I was one of them. And that’s how I got involved in this rag tag competitive bunch of runners.
Most of us just did the Chicago Marathon. And as this was my first run back with the OWIES in a while, we swapped stories of success and injury. Pretty much it was decided that I ran on a fine line between stupidity and bravery with my marathon story, leaning more towards stupidity. But my save was that I got my BQ time. So no worries, I’m still good!
But, it’s nice to be part of a community with such strong and long-standing traditions:
1) Start at 7:00am on the dot every Saturday morning no matter what
2) Walk the first block of every run
3) Jump over anyone who falls and mock anyone who can’t keep up
A few other running updates I need to tell you:
• I downgraded to the half-marathon at Disney this coming January. Chicago Marathon recovery was long and arduous so I actually decided to be smart and not run a race on less than 100%.
• Along with the whole tough recovery thing, I decided to switch up my shoes. Up until very recently, I couldn’t run more than two miles. So I caved in to the 6+ runners that told me I should try some shoes with cushioning. So for the moment, I am running in a pair of Nike Pegasus for most of my runs (they were on sale so I didn’t choose the horrid pepto-bismol color) and Vibrams for the rest of my running and also for gym workouts. So no worries, I’m not technically cheating on my 8 pairs of Vibrams.
• I signed up for two races on pay day this past Wednesday (what else is pay day good for?!): the PolarDash 14-miler to ring in the New Year and the San Francisco Marathon in July.
Now we are here. I promised you a giveaway and we’ve finally reached that point!
•1 point if you tell me in a comment why you love to run and your favorite Thanksgiving tradition.
•1 point if you tweet about the giveaway and let me know: @Knoxie08
•2 points if you post about it and link it back up to this blog, Running for Boston
•1 point for any other social media shout out, just let me know you did so with a comment (.5 pts for every social media comment)
•Giveaway ends Saturday, December 7th.
•Most points win….and if there’s a tie, the person with the best blog comment wins.