Surviving Thanksgiving and Glitzbandz Winner

As I mailed schedules to each of my runners this week, for the most part, it didn't even occur to me that it was a holiday week and people might not want to run!  So it really got me thinking about running and the holidays...

My top 3 tips to surviving Thanksgiving...

1.  Don't give up the run.  I understand that many people travel and holidays are busy and meant to be spent with family, and I still think family is the #1 priority, but getting in a quick run can clear your head, reduce your stress, and make you a much more productive (and friendly) person for that day!  There are definitely days I wake up and think "I just have too much to do", but if I force myself to get that run in anyhow, even if it's just 20-30 minutes, I always feel a lot more energized through the day.  I never regret a run, only regret ones I miss.  Besides it's nice to have a smidge less guilt when the holiday meal comes around.

2.  Indulge.  Now don't just read that one word without reading my entire thought.  But there's nothing wrong with a little indulgence on the holidays.  My best pointer is to pick your 2 or 3 favorite holiday items and then pass on others.  For instance, I cannot wait for cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie.  Those will be my indulgences... thus I'll probably pass on things like creamy mashed potatoes and the other cakes/cookies/pies... and I'll limit my intake of rolls and gravy.  So pick your favorite items and let yourself indulge a little.  Enjoy the holiday.  Enjoy your family.

3.  Drink up and Sleep!  Don't forget that you still have to keep your body intact for training.  So make sure you are still staying adequately hydrated (with water, folks) and getting plenty of sleep so that your body can recover from the holidays and you can be right back on track!!!

This year, I am most thankful that I took the leap to get certified as a coach and start accepting clients.  The 16 people that currently make up the Racing It Off team have been inspiring, encouraging, accepting, and supportive.  I don't think I'll ever be able to repay them for all they have given me over the course of this year.  I have been honored to be a part of their journey!

And finally... I owe you a giveaway winner:

The winner of the Glitzbandz, per random.org, was comment 60:

E-mail me so I can mail you the prize!!!