It was sunny and the roads were clear (a small miracle this time of year) but it was COLD. Despite that we had a pretty good turn out and a great time. The rest of the day went just as we had planned - we went home and had a nice breakfast, watched the parade, cooked all day, ate a lot of food, had some family and a friend over, and enjoyed a relaxing but fun holiday. We wrapped up the night by putting the little kids to bed and watching "Christmas Vacation" (such a funny movie) with the older kids snuggled up on the couch with blankets.
I live my life trying hard to always be aware of all of my blessings and grateful for all that I have been given in life, and to show that in my words and deeds. I often count my blessings on my easy runs, and Thanksgiving morning was no different. The list of things I am thankful for is not short, but the highlights are of course, my Josh, our 12 kids and the way we have been brought together to be a family, my most wonderful parents, my Jennifer, family, friends, my running, the runners I coach, my Penny, our home, this beautiful place we live, the amazing progress Noah has made, the good health Shorty and Belane are in, the health and safety our family has enjoyed, my new coach, being a part of the running community, opportunities, long family weekends, the love, strength and guidance I get from my Heavenly Father and Jesus, and so many other things big and small.
This was the first Thanksgiving I have been gluten and dairy-free. I thought it might be hard to have to pass up most of the dishes, but honestly it wasn't. I made my favorite sweet potatoes (really more of a dessert than a vegetable by the time I am done with them, but oh so good) and had salad, turkey and a yummy gluten-free roll. And I have been feeling SO good and my stomach issues have been SO much improved lately that it is all very, very worth it.
Here is a recap of our Turkey Trot in pictures. Josh waited down at the turnaround point and snapped some fun pics.
|I huddled in the van to try and warm up after the runners took off!|
|This is my Amanda (11) and Josh's brother, Eli, and his dog, Ebony|
|My Ryan (14) flying! :)|
|Yeah, Shane won. 19:12.|
|Here is my Shorty (7). Love this kid!|
|This is a little bit of the group hanging out around the hot chocolate. :)|
|Belane (9), trying to warm up.|
|Hot chocolate is ALL gone|
|Shorty, recovering like a pro|
|Marcus and Shorty working the hot chocolate. Marcus ran too, and so did Maggie and Belane.|
I did get up this morning and run a butt-kicking work out. It was 13.5 miles total - 2 mile warm up and 2 mile cool down, with 4x2 mile repeats in the middle at 6:45 pace, with 4 minute jog intervals. Two mile intervals are looooooong. It was a really awesome workout though. I felt strong and in control the whole time and finished tired but smiling. That's the way to start Black Friday! Now we are finishing the day with a family dance off with Dance Central.
Have a great weekend. More soon!