I hope you had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving. We definitely ate our full! The holidays are a great time to get together with the family. And it’s also a great time to eat! That’s why it is so important to keep moving during the feast-fest. It’s typical to gain 5 pounds during the Winter time. So balancing movement and conscious eating is a must!
That’s why the Hubs and I keep moving especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. I am so thankful that Duane’s knee is feeling better. He is done with PT and we are back to running inside.
This is the season we incorporate a lot of cross-training which is nice because many times Illinois weather just plains sucks. So we are always on the lookout for other things to do.
There are things like weight-lifting, yoga or spinning that we can do inside. And there’s nothing better than sweating on a bike while looking at the Christmas tree!
Can you add a race into your holiday schedule? That’s always a great way to stay motivated through these months of feasts! We enjoyed the Poultry and Pie Predictor on Thanksgiving morning. Here we had to estimate how fast we could run 4 miles. At this race you can’t wear music or a watch and there are no mile markers out on the course.
Winners closest to their predicted time win a turkey or pie! It’s actually quite challenging to figure out how fast you are running and where you are at on the course. But look! The Hubs won a turkey because he was only 5 seconds away from his predicted time!
Time to Eat a Thanksgiving Feast!
The Poultry Pie Predictor was perfect before all the food we gobbled up that day! We still try to use portion control but you know how the holidays are….
My Mom did another fantastic job on our Thanksgiving dinner. She bakes the perfect turkey and all the trimmings. Do you like my Dad’s photo bomb?
I was in charge of dessert so I tried to add the classic desserts with some healthy options too. I was very thankful I ran 4 miles that morning…
So now what? How about a new goal?
To stay motivated we decided to change things up for 2018. We want to try and see if we can run farther than a marathon. Yup, that’s right–we are hoping to become ultra-marathoners next year. We have the Christmas in July race here in Illinois. It looks like the perfect first ultra to see what anything after 26.2 miles feels like! More to come about this as training begins!
Happy Holidays Everyone! Enjoy, stay healthy and keep on moving!
What’s the furthest you’ve ever run?