Thanksgiving is not just for turkey or tofurky

Forget the turkey or tofurky. For some Central Alberta runners, it is all about racing on Thanksgiving weekend. Every October runners flock to the race weekend in either Kelowna or Victoria.

Forget the turkey or tofurky.

For some Central Alberta runners, it is all about racing on Thanksgiving weekend.

Every October runners flock to the race weekend in either Kelowna or Victoria.

It’s the fall race that runners start thinking about after running Woody’s in May. Because once you get into running half marathons or marathons, it’s hard to stop.

This year was no different as some 50 or so runners from the area made their mark at the popular races.

My running pal Laura Davis, an RDC instructor, ran her sixth marathon in Victoria. She calls it her “personal worst” for time and her “personal best” for feeling good and enjoying the scenery.

Marys Zacarias, an engineer and mother of two in Red Deer, rocked her first half-marathon while her husband Jose Gallardo ran his first 10K. Marys said the best part of the race was the challenge. “I really love to challenge myself and I realized that we are able to do anything if we want it.”

And far away from the high fives and sweaty hugs, I was home feeling sorry for myself.

You see I have been battling injuries this season. A recurring foot/hip injury has kept me on the sidelines.

Sure I am happy to see my friends succeed and all that jazz but sometimes I get a little whiny and um … bitter.

I have reached a point where all I want to do is drink copious bottles of wine while watching Netflix marathons. (That’s when I am not curled up in a ball crying about my first world problems.)

I know this is neither productive or healthy so I have come up with of a list of things to do so I don’t go completely over the edge.

1. Cross train — My torture of choice is Crossfit. Most mornings you will find me faking my way through the grueling workouts at Pure Fitness. Sure my technique sucks and I am a weakling but I can kick ass on the running WODs (workout of the day).

2. Talk about your injuries — It is a wonderful conversation starter. People love to hear about what hurts on your body and your recovery plan. Get ready to hear a lot of “that’s why I don’t run” but it is great to have an ear.

3. Eat — I have been told calories do not count when you’re injured. Eat all the food that you have been avoiding while in training mode. Hello French fries.

4. Shop — Spend lots of money on new sneakers and workout clothes. You want to look awesome when you make your big return. Besides you may have to completely update your wardrobe if #3 gets out of hand.

5. Suck it up — I know it’s no picnic being hurt. Especially when everyone asks about your running or tells you about their great race or run. Chin up. Give your body the rest it needs so you live to run again another day. Life could be much worse.

Next in RWR: I take a run with Blackfalds’ Diana Hurley Hobbs. An Advocate reader suggested I seek out Diana because she has an inspiring story. I can’t wait to share it with you.


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