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Running through the Holidays

Friday, November 16, 2012

I have a plan to keep me motivated during the holiday season—running! I am registered for three 5K races in the next month—the first being next week’s Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning. It’s a family-oriented local race with about 3,000 runners and walkers. It’s big, but not big as compared to the other races in our area that can get to around 10,000 runners…yikes!

Following the Turkey Trot is the Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis on December 1. I am doing this race because it is the day before my birthday, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my last day as a 47 year old than to run. I mean who can’t enjoy a run where everyone is wearing jingle bells on their shoelaces, and people are dressed as Santa!

And finally, on New Year’s Eve I will lace up my sneakers, and bundle up for the Saratoga First Night 5K race. It is the first night race for me, and I have no idea what to expect. It sounded like a fun way to start off my New Year’s Eve.

It's an ambitious schedule (for me), but they are all fun races that I think I will enjoy.

What are you doing to ensure your continued success during the holiday season? If you don’t already have a plan, please join me by mapping out a plan to keep doing what you love—walking, running, biking, Zumba—but just keep moving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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    ENJOY your turkey trot and all your planned runs!!! Sounds like a lot of fun. I do the 5K's but I walk in them. I am just blessed to be able to walk and I do it daily.
    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!!! Also, a very Happy Birthday (a little early) to you!!!
    2007 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/21/2012 7:31:18 PM
    What a way to spend the holidays, but running in fun races!!! Imagine, jingle-bells on your shoe laces, reminds me of a Mother Goose nursery rhyme, ",,,rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes..." Have fun!!!
    2011 days ago

    Loved the blog and your plans for all your runs. Once again just say the word and you got me there by phone or virtual race day. I finally did my first virtual 5Kwalk today, but it was no different to me than a actual people 5K. Now that I know I can do it I plan to do as many as I can to keep me motivated to keep walking as often as I can. I saw on my walk today that there is a turkey trot in my area on thanksgiving day and I am playing with the notion. But if I don't enter that one I may do one of my own if I can talk my kiddos to join me that day. But none the less you have motivated me to keep moving through the holidays.

    Sparkinator Sue
    2011 days ago
    Great job planning exercise into your holidays! You've inspired me to plan some 5k's with my dogs through the holidays. Thanks!
    2012 days ago
    I wish I had registered for a Turkey Trot! I think Tazzy and I will be doing our own.

    That sounds like an awesome plan and loads of fun! emoticon bug has bit!
    2012 days ago
  • SH9719
    You have built in a nice set of goals. Just getting ready for those races will keep you going.

    I bought my own set of kettlebells last week. I plan on doing my first full workout at home on Thanksgiving morning. I already have 10 games to officiate over that weekend.
    2012 days ago
    I have a turkey trot on my calendar and my first virtual swim race on 12/1! My husband is going to come time a mile swim for me at my local gym and give me encouragement all the way! I am a newbie swimmer so I am looking forward to this idea! A few other newbie swimmers are virtually doing it with me.

    Good luck on your busy running holiday schedule:)
    2012 days ago
  • JANET552
    I love your run choices!! I will keep moving too but only walking. I hope to find some answers to my foot problem soon but I try not to let it get me down in the mean time.

    Happy early Birthday!!
    2012 days ago
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