Well the worst day of the week has come and gone. Dear Monday- I hate you.
Luckily I was able to almost complete my Christmas shopping thanks to Cyber Monday. Between that and Black Friday I have spent waaaaay over my limit in Christmas presents. Now if someone could please find out what my father wants my shopping will be 100% done.
I was also able to get in a 4.5 mile run. Nothing special except for the fact the I am now at 12.5 mile for The Jenny Challenge.
Yep that’s right- I am attempting to run 100 miles between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is going to be quite hard but I have a plan mapped out and so now I just need to stick to it. I’m already one 4 mile run behind…oops.
Technically the challenge counts 10 minutes of any cardio as a mile so if I followed that I would be at over 20 miles by now but I am going to try to just count actually running mileage. We’ll see if I still feel that way in a week or so.
Anyone else want to join in the challenge? It’s not too late to sign up! Check it out and let me know if you decide to do it.
Jenny Challenge Running Mileage: 12.5 miles
For the first time ever I participated in a Turkey Trot!
I wasn’t really sure I cared about doing a race again this soon but when I knew I would be in the suburbs on Thanksgiving morning I though I should probably sign up for a turkey trot. Luckily I was able to recruit my boyfriends two sisters to do it with me!
I didn’t really have any specific goals for this race besides go have fun but I knew I could probably run a decent (for me) time if I tried. I decided to make under 25 my A+ goal.
The course was more challenging than I am used to running on (i.e. the very flat lakefront path) but it was a really pretty course. I went out way to fast and semi-died on the second mile but came back for a strong finish.
- Mile 1: 7:51
- Mile 2: 8:16
- Mile 3: 8:11
- Last .11: 47 seconds
- Final Time: 25:04
When I finished and saw that I was only 4 seconds away from my goal I was a little pissed because I knew if I was paying attention to the time I could have made myself finish faster. But I also felt like I was going to throw up so I knew I had run hard!
My most recent PR is 24:55 from the Hot Chocolate 5k last year so I have a feeling I can break that in my next race.
I was 600/4441 and 38/559 in my age group.
Congrats to Lauren and Erin who finished their first 5k ever!
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because not only do I get to hang out with my family and cousins, I also get to see all of my extended family (think over 100 cousins, second cousins + their kids, aunts, uncles and great aunts).
Every year my whole extended family on my Dad’s side gets together for a huge thanksgiving feast at my great aunts farm. This year we had 87 people there- and that was small!
I love thanksgiving food as much as anyone else but I really love the desserts.
These turkey cake pops were amazing. I contributed Julie’s pumpkin spice cookies as well and they were a huge hit.
The rest of the weekend consisted of hanging out with the family, eating, buying almost ALL my Christmas presents (pretty excited about that one) and attending my 5 year high school reunion.
Now it is back to the grind for a few more weeks until Christmas. I am going to FL for a week over Christmas break and couldn’t be more excited- hurry up time!!
How was your Thanksgiving weekend?