Thanksgiving Exercise Challenge

Can someone explain how Thanksgiving is a little over two weeks away?

Then it’s Christmas.

New Year’s Day.

Okay, where did 2014 go?!

The holidays aren’t really a big trigger time for me. I bake a little, but mostly give it away to just the few friends and family we have around here. I do love Thanksgiving dinner — turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and green beans. That’s about all I want this time of year!

So the whole holiday gain thing isn’t a big worry of mine and in fact I am usually more diligent about tracking throughout the holidays than other times of year. Go figure.

This year, we have signed up for our second 5k of the year — the Long Beach Turkey Trot. There’s no official time (and no medal), which I wish I would have paid attention to before signing up, but the race fee goes to charities around Long Beach so that’s always a good thing. I’ll be tracking my own time and seeing how it has improved since our last 5k in September.

When we did the Dodgers Foundation 5k, I didn’t know what to expect. Would I be able to finish it? Would everyone be fit and in shape? Turns out, it’s a welcoming experience for EVERYONE.

There were people of all shapes and sizes. I was walking at an adequate pace and I saw some individuals out there who were larger than myself — I was so proud of them! To be out walking and taking on a 5k challenge is admirable no matter what the scale says. Our official time was 1:03, but we stopped a few times to take pictures and if you’ve ever been to Dodger Stadium, you’d know there were some killer hills! Luckily, the steep inclines and hills were at the start of the race and the second couple of miles were flat.

The Long Beach Turkey Trot winds around a bike path, so it’s going to be flat the entire time — I am fairly confident I will improve on my time, but I’ll post the details here at a later time.

In addition to the Turkey Trot, I was looking for a week-long challenge that would get me in the mindset of staying focused through Thanksgiving, so I found this on Eating Bird Food:



Does anyone else have any special challenges or routines to do around the holidays?

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