on the eve of thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

I don’t know how much I’m going to be around the rest of the week. Between cooking and hosting and running, spare time is going to be at a premium, which is why I want to take a moment to wish you all a happy holiday!

I set my alarm super early so I could make these cute cinnamon bun turkeys I saw on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the right ingredients, and they didn’t come out quite like they were supposed to. Little man seemed to enjoy anyway, so… I’ll try again next year.

We had plans for a 9:30 AM showing of Penguins of Madagascar. I wanted to take little man to the zoo, but the weather has been so nasty and rainy that outdoor activities were out. It was a cute movie and it was nice getting it out of the way early so we still had plenty of time for last-minute errands.

Mr PugRunner was awesome to brave the grocery store for some final items. He also made surprise stop at the running store. He told me it was to discuss fueling for the half on Sunday, but then said he had an early Christmas gift for me.


I have been so worried about the battery life of my Forerunner 10, and was hoping to find a 200-series under the tree, but he said that I couldn’t wait til Christmas – after all, I have other races to run. He’s the best.

He and little man also ordered flowers for me to use as a centerpiece for tomorrow.

I left cleaning long enough for one last family photo session before the holidays, then it was home for a dinner of random leftovers and baking an apple pie.

Homemade apple pie is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to have a piece tomorrow!

It’s going to be early to bed for me, because our local “turkey trot” starts pretty much at dawn. I’m excited to run my very first Thanksgiving race, and that I will have an insta-PR because of the distance. Not a bad way to start the day.

Also, Space Coast is in the back of my mind. This is the first time I have raced within a few days of each other. I have been training pretty hard, and I am kind of thinking that maybe, if I really try, I can PR on Sunday. I hate even writing that down – while the colder temperatures have been helping me immensely, I feel like I have created some kind of unrealistic expectation for myself. I need to calm myself down and focus on the fact that I will be back at a race with which I fell in love last year, and just enjoy it for what it is. I have created a mental game plan and analyzed and tweaked it, and I feel pretty good about everything. Except my choice of outfit. That will be a game time decision, depending on the weather.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope that no matter how you choose to spend the next few days, you have a wonderful time. And, most importantly, thanks to all of you for your support and advice and general amazingness. It’s appreciated more than you know.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, what’s your favorite part of the meal?

Are you racing on Thanksgiving morning? Where and what distance?

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8 Responses to on the eve of thanksgiving

  1. Stacie says:

    That little turkey breakfast is adorable!
    That Mr. Pugrunner is a good guy! What a nice surprise! I hope he’s feeling better! Is he running the half this weekend and you the 6K? Either way, have a great time!
    I’m running a 5 mile Turkey Trot a couple of towns over. Hopefully. We’ve been having an ice storm all day and it’s supposed to continue through the night. I’m not sure I want to make the drive and run in those conditions, but I’ll see what the roads are like in the morning I guess. I’d hate to pass up my t-shirt!
    Don’t feel guilty about hoping for a PR! That’s what all this running stuff is all about! But also if it doesn’t happen, don’t be discouraged. Running is so tough because you just never know how you’ll feel on a given day until you’re out there. It is what it is! Which is the lamest saying ever, but is so fitting.
    Good luck and have fun!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Hope you had a great day!

      Oooh! How was your 5 miler!

      I did the 6K on Thursday and we are both doing the half on Sunday. It’s the anniversary of my first half, so it’s kind of got a soft pot in my icy heart. I’m feeling good going into it – yesterday’s race was awesome – I wasn’t stressed or anxious or even really struggling, and I loved that feeling. Hopefully, I can be just as easy and breezy in two days!

  2. That turkey breakfast is the cutest thing ever! (And it looks tasty too!)

    I packed clothes for working out, but totally spaced on my running shoes. I might try to do some simple body weight exercises this morning – and then it’s on to the big meal! 🙂
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    • runswithpugs says:

      My little guy seemed to enjoy it, so … I mean, you can’t really go wrong with pastry and bacon, right?
      Oh, no! I’ve totally done things like that, too! You’ll find a way to fit something in, I’m sure! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I love the cinnamon roll turkeys! Very clever! Good luck with your race & enjoy that fancy new watch! You will do great!
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  4. I did a 5K Turkey Trot, but cannot wait to hear how Space Coast goes. good luck tomorrow.
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  5. jan says:

    What a great hubby! I have the exact watch and I love it! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving day. Ours started with a run (not a race) and then lots of eating & family of course! 🙂
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