Here are the various options...
Don't Run! I mean, is it really that important to get a bit of exercise in prior to eating? There are so many things that have to get done on Thanksgiving, that honestly, there really isn't enough time in the day to cook a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries AND set the table, AND clean the bathrooms, AND do the dishes, AND make appetizers, AND run a race... Or is there? Well I can't answer this question because I typically don't do that much stuff, but my mom does...
Run alone! Why would one do this? All the family and friends are around, and so it seems silly to spend time alone. In this case, it might make sense to go back to option one, and just stay at home. But even still, if you are interested in getting that exercise in prior to a big meal, you have to do something, right? And so there is option three...
Run with a family member! Now we are talking. Someone with a personality like mine, would much prefer spending time with others than run alone, so why not take a family member along for a quick run. The problem is that it is easy to cancel last minute because you get caught up in the chores associated with option one. Those messy bathrooms can easily trump exercise.
OR you can...
Arrange a 5k for Friends and Family!!! How much fun would it be to arrange a 5k for family and friends? Something totally free, you can not cancel, you can hand out home made medals, eat home made snacks and enjoy every person who shows up and finishes the race.
So what did I do this year? I arranged Auntie Sarah's Incredible Gobble Gobble Home Grown 5k. This race was totally free for those who chose to participate, it was timed (if you chose to bring a watch to time yourself), there was water on course, lots of cheers for family along the way, a local nonpartisan city official handing out medals, oh and the medals were all hand made by the race director. There were even amazing spectators who came out to cheer us on, and take pictures.
To say this was the perfect 5k would be an under statement. We had the perfect participants, the perfect course, the perfect support, the perfect range of participants, and the perfect time together in the end. I honestly can not say enough about this particular event. Here's to future Gobble Gobble 5ks!!!
|Me, and our local celebrity|
|The Brady Crew|
|The best spectator!|
|The race crew, pre-race.|
|The fantastic ladies!|
|Another finishers photo|