My school district gives us the whole Thanksgiving week off. So naturally I spent the first two days of the break binge-watching the first two seasons of “The Crown.”
Sunday, the dog and I went on a short trail run. I was super excited when I scored a Strava PR on a tough climbing segment.
Monday’s temps were a bit cooler and I ran an easy two miles with the dog. Tuesday was warmer again, so my four-mile Rogue workout felt more difficult.
I’d been looking forward to Wednesday for a while–a short road trip to a different part of the Balcones Canyonlands trails. Five Quaranteamers hiked almost four (social-distanced) miles and had a blast. Afterwards, we ate outdoors at a Thai food truck.
(Don’t worry–we took several cars so we weren’t risking one another in an enclosed space, and you can see gaiters and masks too.)
Since about 2012, my family has run a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, either Austin’s, or more recently, Georgetown’s where one of my coaches is the race director. This year it was a virtual race, so I signed up myself and my family, then put together a five-mile route near my house and invited Quaranteamers to join us. Four of us ran together(ish), doing a couple of different virtual races, while my family ran on their own. Because despite a lack of training, they’re both still faster (or taller, or younger) than I am and left us in the dust.
We were even slower because we stopped a bunch to take pictures with Christmas decorations.
But we had a lot of fun, no matter how long it took us.
Friday I got in one more season of “The Crown” along with some foam-rolling.
Saturday morning was cool and slightly drizzly when I set out at 7am. Since the forecast showed the same temp basically all day, I saw no need to start before sunrise.
One by one, Quaranteamers woke up … and then decided to go back to sleep. 😀 In the end, only two of us came out for the long run. Both of us were also doing the Fraud Street Run, the (virtual) 11-mile distance between Philly’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping and the Four Seasons hotel. Registration was a $10 donation to Philabundance, a Philadelphia food bank. I sprung for the shirt too.
I guess because of the holiday, only a few people ran from Rogue, and most of them started at 5:30. So when I headed out, I met them coming back. And for most of the time I was out there, I was running solo since my co-Fraud Streeter had started from a different location. She chose the less-hilly route, which was smart. Despite the hills, I was comfortable the first few miles–a little warm, even–but it got cooler throughout my run. And the last two miles, the rain picked up. But I didn’t mind–even though it was in the 50s, it felt good. And I had a dry shirt waiting for me.
I miscalculated my turnaround, so I had to tack on a little at the end. But I made it to eleven. And I’ m pretty sure eleven miles is the longest I’ve run since the 3M half-marathon in January. I have run ten a bunch of times, but nothing more than that. I’ve got to run the fourth race in the All For One series–a half-marathon–before December 20, so that will make a nice 13.1 bookend for 2020.
Who could have predicted the things 2020 had in store for us? But I am thankful for not only my family (we have spent a LOT of time together since all of us are working from home) but for my Quaranteam friends who 1) respect social distance and masks, and 2) make me laugh and encourage me to keep showing up.
Since the 2021 3M half has been canceled (probably just the first of many to come), I still don’t have much to train for, but Quaranteamers keep me going. Thanks, y’all!