Thanksgiving is absolutely, hands down my favorite holiday. There is just something to be said for a holiday focused on gratitude and not gifts (though don’t get me started on Black Friday ads). My family is pretty informal when it comes to all holidays so I know when I travel back to Pittsburgh I can truly, truly relax and feel at home. I’m not a big Starbucks coffee fan but always look forward to their seasonal cups and Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate so picked up one for the road!
Thanksgiving Day I decided last minute (meaning I registered on site) to run the PNC YMCA Turkey Trot. I haven’t run this race in a few years and it’s actually my 5 mile PR! I knew there wouldn’t be any PR’s this Thanksgiving but couldn’t resist one final Fall 2016 race. Not to mention I had major plans to crush my mom’s stuffing and feed my pie hole with pie while watching the Steelers Thanksgiving evening.
There are 4 different events: a 1 mile, 5k, 5 mile and the Double Gobble which is the 5k and 5 mile. The 5 miler started at 9:15 am which was an awesome start time so I got there after 8 to register and get situated. It was a great run! My sinuses have finally started to settle down and it was nice to have a comfortable run outdoors with no pain. Score! It’s a relatively flat course with the occasional Pittsburgh bridge thrown in for good measure. We started at PNC Park and into downtown and back then in front of Heinz Field and back towards the finish. So Pittsburgh!
I had gotten to the Mile 5 point in 49 minutes and some odd seconds but apparently I need a lesson in running tangents because I ran 5.20 total miles. Uhh, oops. That added a couple additional minutes so I ran a 51:11 but seeing my sub 9:30 minute mile splits made me feel good regardless. After crossing the finish I met up with my ‘burgh peeps, Kristy (her hubby) and Chelsea.
Due to the closed roads and traffic patterns I parked just shy of a mile from PNC Park so with walking back and forth to drop off stuff I topped out at close to 8 miles and a lot of steps Thanksgiving morning (bring on the turkey!!) But it was a fun morning and the Steelers brought home a “W” so…
I do not like to shop in general but I loathe “Black Friday” so instead headed off to spinning. I love trying new places when I travel and found Steel Revolution Pittsburgh which is located in Shadyside. They offered a special 60 minute Turkey Burn spin class. There were dueling instructors, Rory and Alison who were pretty incredible and the music was phenomenal! If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, it’s a cute little studio surrounded by a bunch of nice shops (Starbucks, Athleta, etc). I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in a cycling class before and I definitely burned a lot of turkey!
The rest of the weekend was low key and I returned to DC Saturday to avoid Sunday traffic. Then Sunday morning I headed to my new favorite DC workout, SweatBox DC for a little Full Throttle and a lot of sweat. I’ve reviewed this studio before and had been going sporadically but in an effort to switch things up in the off season decided to go more regularly. They ran a Black Friday deal (the only thing I purchased Friday) and have a New Year’s promotion going where if you take 10 classes between November 1 and December 31, they gift you 10 classes. Challenge accepted!
My arms were like jello the rest of the day but I did manage to lift my Christmas decorations and a glass of wine to end the evening as I savored the last minutes of a great long weekend.
This week it’s back to regular programming and the final days of practice before our Girls on the Run 5K Sunday. Can’t wait!! And if you’re in the giving mood – Tuesday is Giving Tuesday and if you have some dollars to spare, Girls on the Run DC is a fabulous organization … hint hint.
How was your Thanksgiving? Any Turkey Trots or football watching? Confess – who had seconds on pie?