Thanksgiving week is a blur to me. It is one of my favorite times of the year. The combination of the short work week and all of the activities that take place makes the week fly by. Our family tradition is to run in the local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. We follow that later in the day with a spirited game of front yard football. The cousins and the neighbors all take part. We call it the James Kerns memorial Turkey Bowl, in honor of a family member whose exuberant life ended too soon. Each year, the trophy is handed over to the winning team by the previous year’s winning team. The trophy is later modified to include a picture of the winning team. So fun. It is an event that I always look forward to. This year my team won. I followed those activities up the next day with a 13 mile pancake run hosted by a local running store. This running store has 2 locations. The run was a point to point run that started at their Spokane Valley location, and finished at their downtown location. I ran with some members of my running group. The conditions got a little windy and blustery, but we enjoyed the easy pace and the good conversation. The pancakes at the end totally hit the spot. On Saturday, I didn’t run. Instead, we piled into the car and continued our family tradition of going out to a Christmas tree farm and cutting down our tree, I followed that up by hanging the lights on the house. I was back at it on Sunday though with another long run. That was my Thanksgiving week. A complete blur to me now.
Looking back on the week though, I have lot to be thankful for. I am so incredibly thankful that I have been able to remain active after the hip replacement. I am thankful for this hip running community. I enjoy the fact that we are able to share our running achievements together defying all of the old school ideas that an active life ends after hip replacement. I am thankful for the optimism that pours out from each and every post that this community of overachievers submits.