Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy American Thanksgiving!

I was sulking on thanksgiving morning as my husband left for work. It's hard to be so far away from home on the Holidays. I am lucky to be blessed to have married into an amazing Canadian family. They always go out of their way to make a special American Thanksgiving Dinner for me (turkey, potatoes and all the fixings!). (For those American readers - Canadian Thanksgiving occurs the first week in October). Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday of the year, and it's so hard not to be with the fam on this day. I used to start the day off every year with the Run to Feed the Hungry 5k or 10k race in Sacramento. This is the largest attended Thanksgiving day "Turkey Trot". It was a great way to start of the day and "earn" my apple pie! I've been living in Canada for years, but it's still very bizarre on Thanksgiving morning as my husband leaves for work and there are no parades on tv, etc. It's just another day here.

This, is a blessing though when you procrastinate your thanksgiving grocery shop to the last minute like I did this year. The grocery store wasn't too crowded - nice! I started my apple pie baking and there was a ring at the door. To my surprise it was a delivery man delivering a beautiful bouquet of flowers addressed to "Mommy & Colson". Aw - it melted my heart - what a wonderful surprise from the hubby. It also reminded me how thankful I am to my own little family here with my wonderful loving husband and adorable baby boy.

We probably got about 2 feet of snow within a 24 hour period which has created a lot of "cross training" for us - snow shoveling is an excellent source of cardio! Since I've been nursing my foot injury (not sure if it's a stress fracture or something else), I've been trying to limit my road runs outdoor to 1 or 2 a week and all other workouts post marathons have been on the treadmill. Snow has come early this year, normally we don't have this kind of accumulation until December - January. I was trying to postpone the treadmill reunion until later, but I finally succumed to it this week. I don't mind doing quick workouts on the "dreadmill" but it can get really boring quickly. People ask me how I can stand to run on the treadmill. One thing that helps - Lately, Ive been saving up the weeks worth of my favorite tv shows and watching them while I plod along on the treadmill. I go down to the basement and hop on the treadmill and watch Entourage while I plod plod along. I've also been trying to get into the gym for weight training 3 times a week. I am in rebuild and recovery mode after the marathon.

I am still doing a semi-long run each weekend. Yesterday I did 1o miles easy along the waterfront. Here are some shots of me goofing off in the snow in the new cheetah running skirt. The new long sleeve is awesome too - it's the perfect super light weight layering piece for under your running jacket.

Here's a few shots of the snowman we built yesterday too! Happy Thanksgiving.

I am counting down the days until our trip out west for the Honolulu Marathon Expo and annual family holiday! Yahoo. We are hoping to make a quick in Northern California to see the friends and fam and maybe catch the CIM marathon and watch our old running buddies in Sacramento (and Glorybelle) run the marathon & relay events.

Ready for some of that California Sunshine!

10 things I am thankful for:

Gods gift of our beautiful and amazing 1 year old!
My loving husband!
My health!
My family!
My friends!
Our troops fighting for the freedom we often take for granted!
My job - it is also my passion!
That I can work with my best friend!
Our awesome customers!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


Alisa said...

I didn't know you are from Sacramento? That is where I grew up! I went to college at UCD and started running the Davis Turkey Trot. I never knew about the Run to Feed the Hungry BUT my best friend ran it this year. Maybe when we are back in Cali sometime we'll run it.

Hope Cali is nice and sunny for you next weekend at was beautiful this past weekend! (highs in the 70's!)

Alisa said...

Yup the American River bike trail! It's not too far from my Dad's house...he lives by Rio Americano High School.

I miss that trail! I never took full advantage of it when I lived in Sac.

Glorybelle said...

Cindy, your family is beautiful. I just want to pinch Colson's little cheeks, he's soooo cute! How's Hawaii???