Just like that, Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we are all starting to get ready for the holidays. This year continues to be unlike any other, and this week was a rough one for several reasons. But I did run a 10 mile turkey trot virtual race on Thanksgiving, which was a fun distraction.
Weekly Run Down: Thanksgiving Week and 10 Mile Turkey Trot Virtual Race
- Monday: Strength Training and 3.5 Treadmill Miles
- Tuesday: 4.8 Stroller Miles + Core/Glutes
- Wednesday: Rest
- Thursday: 10 Mile Virtual Race (plus w/u and c/d- 11 miles total)
- Friday: Strength Training + 3.8 Miles
- Saturday: 7 Miles + Core
- Sunday: 3.7 Miles
10 Mile Turkey Trot
I signed up for this a few weeks ago through one of my local running stores. It was only $10, and we have the choice between a 5k, 5 miler, and 10 miler. Of course I like my longer distances and I haven’t done a 10 mile race since 2016, so that sounded good to me.
All week I was stalking the weather because there was a 90% chance of rain in the morning on Thanksgiving. When I woke up on Thursday, it wasn’t raining! Instead it was warm and windy. Who would of thought I would be doing a virtual race on Thanksgiving in 58 degrees?
I ran .7 miles as my warm up, and did my first 3 miles in a hilly section of my neighborhood. I figured I would get the hills out of the way early. Then I went to a flatter area, where I would repeat some sections, and unfortunately there are alot of turns there. At once point when I looked at the lap pace on my watch it showed a number that I knew was incorrect. I pushed hard to make up for it, but when I looked at the map later it had cut off a part of my run, which ultimately made me add time onto that mile.
I held a steady pace for the first 8 miles, and then really pushed it for the last 2. I ended up finishing 20 seconds slower than my PR from 2016, so I was happy with that. I know I could have run faster on a real course and in better conditions, and I also wasn’t giving 100% of my race effort to this. But it was definitely challenging!
We spent Thanksgiving at home with just the 3 of us. It was a really nice day out so we played outside, and also got to FaceTime with our families. I made my first turkey ever, and it came out ok! We also learned that Grayson loves cranberry sauce and biscuits.
A True Break from Work
I took off all week except Monday because I really haven’t taken vacation time this year and I have days that I will lose. On Tuesday it was tough to not look at my E-mails or follow-up to stuff that came through. Then on Wednesday morning I got a text from a co-worker that we weren’t supposed to log into our laptops until further notice. There had been some ransomware attack to the school system that was being investigated.
I went on Twitter and saw that they were closing all schools and offices. Our website was down. We had to delete all apps and E-mail accounts from our phones. Everything was completely shut down. Well that’s one way to truly take a forced break from work!
There was a press conference that afternoon with not much information. We have been 100% remote so this is a huge issue (it would be no matter what). Everything we do right now requires our network and being able to stay connected virtually. Our schools system has 175 schools and hundreds of thousands of students who need to learn. What are we going to do?
At this point all I know is they are closing schools Monday and Tuesday. It sounds like staff will be working (somehow??) and maybe they will have more information for us soon. Seriously 2020, I think we have all had enough at this point!
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- Did you do any real or virtual races on Thanksgiving?
- If you celebrate Thanksgiving, did it look different for you this year?
- Are you ready for 2020 to be over?