Shake Your Tailfeathers, It’s Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving, it is my favorite holiday.  When I was a little girl I would get up early (even then) and come into the kitchen.  My mom would be doing the early stages of cooking so the warm smell of onions and butter wafted through the house as she would wrestle with a gigantic turkey.  I would sit and chat with her in the kitchen and then mosey off into the living room to watch the Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade.

Now that I have a family of my own, I have my own traditions that I’ve created and added to the ones I loved as a child.  I am now the one up early (still) and creating the lovely onion/butter perfume of the house.  I now wrestle with the large turkey (22 1/2 pounds this year) and try and catch the parade in between cooking periods.

About 7 years back I started another Thanksgiving Day tradition.  Each year, our running group gathers at Rush Creek in Novato and do a 4-mile loop through the marshland.  Being November, it’s chilly in the morning and the combination of cold temps and marshland creates an ethereal, magical sight.  Steam rises from the earth and we run towards to sun, warming our faces as we run and chat.

We call it our Turkey Trot – and while that conjures us a Thanksgiving Day race for most runners, this is an opportunity for our group to run at a nice easy pace, chat and catch up.  We all realize how grateful we are to have each other as a running group and as friends.  I look forward to this event every year.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, whether you trot or not, enjoy the day.

Run strong and remember to have fun.


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