Thursday, November 23, 2006

Giving thanks

Things in my life that I am thankful for: My wonderful wife, my family, my career and its potential, my health, my drive and ability to run -- and run far, my financial stability, my freedom, my home, the general kindness of people towards me, our troops who sacrifice themselves for the rest of us Americans, football on Turkey day, the fond memories of the past, the satisfication of enjoying the present, and the promise of an even better future...

I did not get up to run either Turkey Trot races near my house today. Instead, I slept in and it was glorious.

My oldest, bestest friend was in town for the holiday. We stayed up last night drinking, laughing, playing music, drinking some more, eating and having fun. Suffice it to say, I did not feel like getting up to run hard today.

1:00 PM -- I had this entire post written assuming I wouldn't run today. Then, at halftime of the Lions game, a spark of motivation hit me. My wife, an occassional runner at best, said she was going out. I decided I needed to get my arse off the couch.

The weather is wonderfully bright and sunny today. It was a beautiful run. I ran sub 1/2 marathon race pace for 4 miles. I surprised myself. I thought I was too hung over and sore from yesterday's 10-miler to run like that.

In the end, I was quite proud of my run. And I was able to sleep in and save a few bucks by not entering the race.

Week to date activity

Monday - Rest
Tuesday - 5 miles recovery - 44:00
Wednesday - 10 miles EZ - 1:19:30 (didn't feel "EZ")
Thursday - 5 miles total - 4 miles at 6:37 pace + 1 mile cooldown - Total: 35:30

Remainder of week plan

Friday - Rest, enjoy the day off
Saturday - 16 miles with Matt F - Target 7:45 pace
Sunday - 5 mile recovery

Off to a Thanksgiving feast especially for two. Happy Thanksgiving to all.


robtherunner said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Good idea to relax and sleep in every once in awhile. Especially on Thanksgiving.

yumke said...

Happy thanksgiving!

East of Oregon said...

happy thanksgiving :)

Firefly's Running said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

neese said...

Hi Ryan, just found your blog today, sounds like a great thanksgiving, i love those spontaneous off schedule runs :o) Happy belated Thanksgiving