An Evening Run

It’s only been in recent months that hubby has expressed interest in joining me for runs. Last Thanksgiving, he joined me for the Turkey Trot and most recently, the Glow Run 5K. He is also signed up for the Rock N’ Roll 5K (Mini Marathon) which I am super proud of him for doing. We have walked together over the years but we’ve never run together. Admittedly, he says that he does not get the rush out of it that I do, and that’s fine. But he’s trying to be healthy, eat better, and lose weight. I am all for supporting him in his efforts and I love when we work together to achieve the same goal.

Yesterday when he called to say he was on his way home from work, he said he wanted to go for a run when he got home. He may as well have told me he was bringing free beer home with him – I was so excited and said “ooh! I’ll go with you!”. And we did just that….

Hubby’s Christmas gift from me was a Nike watch which he is enjoying. It asks him questions….  See? I love my Garmin Forerunner, but it doesn’t ask me questions….




Off we went to the park! I could do the 3.11 mile route with my eyes closed, I know exactly when I will hit Mile 1, Mile 2, and Mile 3. We thought it would be fun to see how close our watches were, starting them at the same time. We walked some and ran some. The weather was so nice. One thing about hubby, he makes me run harder than when I’m alone. He should run with me more often. This picture is a little blurry because it was dark and I used the flash, but you can see how close it was for the finish time and mileage.




I hope that we can make a habit of running together, at least a couple times a week. I like morning runs but it just does not always work for me. If hubby and I can work out together like that more often, I would be very happy.

As we left the park, it was already getting very dark. I am never at the park when it’s dark so I snapped a picture of my favorite trees as we left. Spooky, huh? I would definitely freak out of I was there by myself.




When we got home, I made a delicious dinner. Baked chicken (drizzled with olive oil and basil), and baked potatoes. I skipped the butter and instead had sautéed mushrooms and garlic. It definitely hit the spot!




Do you run with your spouse or partner? Do you prefer it to running alone?

Thanksgiving Fun 2012

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. A day full of fun, food, laughter, food, family, and more food. This year we finally took part in the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot here in Clearwater. For years we’ve been saying we should do it, and this was finally the year. Even more exciting? My mom joined us, her first official walk!




It was a nice crisp morning and made for a chilly wait for the 7:30am start time, but I like to be early. It was fun to see all the people there so early on a holiday. We saw people in funny turkey hats, and saw one guy in just shorts and a knit cap, no shirt. Crazy. And isn’t this cool….




Before we headed to the start line, I was standing in line for the port-o-potty and I saw Caroline from My Fascinating Life and a Tampa Bay Lady Blogger. he had her hubby take a picture of us, so there is now proof that I was in line for the port-o-potty. (Hopefully Caroline won’t be mad that I borrowed her picture….)


Turkey Trot My Fascinating Life Caroline Calcote-6


Heading to the start line, I kept my eyes open for Steph from Kitchen Kilometers, also a Tampa Bay Lady Blogger. She is one of the reasons I  wanted to do the Turkey Trot this year after she created an event for it on Facebook. She was there with her boyfriend. he is such a good guy for getting up early on a cold Thanksgiving to walk with her.




While we were waiting for the walk to start, I spotted a turkey that I had to have my picture taken with. It wouldn’t make sense any other day to have my picture taken with one, today was the perfect day. Gobble gobble!








And finally, we were off! I knew there were a lot of people there, but when the walk actually started, I couldn’t believe just how many people there were. The walk started on Keene Rd., a 5 lane road and the crown spanned the entire road. It was amazing. I tried to get photos of the crowd, but since I’m so short, it didn’t really work. We were in a sea of orange for miles. I later heard that 17,700 people participated. Wow!




The 5K took us a little over an hour, just from the number of people alone. But, it was a great walk and I am sure that we have started a new tradition. Yay for new traditions! You can also read hubby’s post on his blog….




After the walk and a quick trip to Starbucks with Blue and Ozzie (spoiled Aussies that they are…), we got ready for the rest of the day, which would be spent at my mom’s. She was cooking her traditional Thanksgiving dinner and I was in charge of putting up her Christmas tree and decorating it. As long as I can remember, since I was old enough to do it, I have been the one to decorate. While my mom did her amazing cooking in the kitchen, I did this….




My sister Jenni was there and after lunch, my brother Nick, his wife Jenna, and cutie-pie Autumn came over. It was a very nice day together. As I knew there would be, there was laughter and fun and silliness and eating and more. Our traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, stuffing with Italian sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, shrimp cocktail, “crab cakes” (actually fried stuffing, no crab), and pumpkin pie. We also had yummy brownies.


























Yes, it was a wonderful day all around! Now I am looking forward to another 3 days off from work There will be walking, relaxing, the movies, and more!


How did you spend your Thanksgiving?