Holiday Happenings

Good morning, readers.  I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving Eve!  Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays, for a few reasons.  Turkey trots, pumpkin pie, family…what’s not to love?  Well this year will be my first year not spending Thanksgiving with my family.  I’m not off from work on Friday and my nephew is visiting his mommy’s family, so I opted to spend Thanksgiving with boyfriend and his family in my new home in Long Island. Can you believe I’ve been living on LI for a year now?  Me either!  I’m going to miss being with my own family, but don’t worry…I’ll be seeing all of them in just 17 short days at the Most Magical Place on Earth! Woohoo!  I’m bummed that I won’t be running my hometown Turkey Trot this year, so naturally I signed up for one in Long Island!

Race Recap: MHRRC Turkey Trot 2012

Dad and I Turkey Trotting in 2012

I’ll be running the Massapequa Turkey Trot 5K tomorrow morning and am glad to be continuing my Turkey Trot tradition, but can’t help be bummed that it’s not in Poughkeepsie or with my dad!  {Side note:  do I have any LI runner readers?  Let’s be friends and run races on LI together! } This race will be my second run since the NYC Marathon (not including running in CrossFit), so it should definitely be interesting.  Ha! Stay tuned for a full race report next week!  Oh…and if you’ll be in NYC/Manhattan this Thanksgiving and are looking for a Turkey Trot yourself–check out my buddy @RxBethOnTheRun’s 3rd Annual Central Park 5K Turkey Trot!  Details here.

Now what happens after Thanksgiving (or perhaps right after Halloween, as many stores and people seem to think…)?  Yes-Christmas!  I’ve written before about ways you can give back during the holiday season and you better believe I’m back at it this year.  This year I signed up to buy gifts for two children through Winter Wishes and I can’t wait to get started.  I received their handwritten letters last week and followed up to get more info on their clothes and shoe sizes.  NY Cares requests a minimum $40 committment to the gifts, but I like to get the kids more than just the one or two items they request.  If you can, please join me in giving back by signing up to grant Winter Wishes yourself, or finding an organization in your own community to donate to or volunteer with!  

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Since we’re talking holidays, I also want to mention a fun challenge I’m taking part in this year, Elf 4 Health!  It’s a four-week challenge hosted by Lindsay and Elle (both fellow RDs and bloggers!), to promote health and wellness during the holiday season when our health tends to be put on the back burner.  Each day we’re supposed to complete tasks revolving around food, fitness, improving ourselves or helping others.  Check out the calendar:

Fun, right?  There are options to participate solo or be paired up with another “elf” for more support and encouragement during the challenge.  I picked solo, but am enjoying interacting with everyone via the #Elf4Health hashtag and social media sites.  Be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram for all of my #Elf4Health posts and more this holiday season!

What are your holiday plans?  Are you running a Turkey Trot or Jingle Jog?  Do you donate gifts?  Tell me about it!

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1 comment on “Holiday Happenings

  1. I love that you give back during the holidays– it’s so important! I am sponsoring two kids, through a program at work, and buying them Christmas presents. Have a GREAT Thanksgiving! If I lived in LI we would totally be buddies 😉

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