Since ending the run streak and taking time off after running two marathons, I haven’t had much to write about. I have only ran once since the marathon and I could barely walk the following day. My calf is still tight and my right foot is still sore; so right now I am just taking time to recuperate. I have also been pretty busy with work and some other projects I am doing on the side, all of that being said not a lot of time to write, but since Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday and that means Thinking Out Loud, I thought I would take some time to write before going to sleep.
For those of you who know me ‘in the real World’ know that I don’t like celebrating holidays. It wasn’t always that way, but being in the military and away for 8 years holidays just become another day, besides that I don’t like the commercialization of holidays. That is my real pet peeve. Though I still enjoy Thanksgiving; for the most part ‘they’ haven’t found a way to commercialize Thanksgiving yet.
This week for TOL I thought I would share 5 meaningful Thanksgiving memories.
2014: Running–Last year Thanksgiving was also day #33 of the run streak. When I started I wasn’t sure I could make it 33 days, looking back I’m still not sure how I made it 365 or if it was worth it. Did I sacrifice my marathon training for the streak? I’ll never know, but I will have another shot to run a marathon and I’ll always have that year of running!
2013: Nick’s Seat–Every year since I can remember my family has always gathered at my Aunt’s house for Thanksgiving, it is the one thing I always look forward to! I could probably tell you a story from every year, we always make memories and reflect upon years that have past and tell each other stories about the ones that have past, that we all know by heart. Sadly in 2013 my Uncle passed away. He was an avid golfer and I really enjoyed the times he would ask me to golf with him. On Thanksgivings we would normally switch back and forth between golf and football depending on what time of day it was. 2013 was the first Thanksgiving without him. Even though we don’t have assigned seats at the table we all sit in the same chairs each year. After my Granddad passed away my Dad took his spot at the end of the table and Nike had always had the other end. This year I wasn’t sure who was going to sit in Nick’s spot or if anyone would. When it was time for dinner my Aunt asked me if I wanted to sit in Nick’s seat, I wasn’t expecting that. I don’t think she realized how important or honored I was to have his seat. So now it is me and my Dad at the ends of the table each year.
2012: Gordon Biersch–In 2012 I really started running with people and going to different run clubs until I found one where I fit in. That is where I met FKBT, I didn’t call him that then, I called him Tim. If you want to know the story behind FKBT read Sarah’s blog. Anyway, Tim was the leader of the City Sports run group and it just so happened that run group this particular week fell on ‘Friendsgiving’. Tim had arranged for a rep from Brooks to come and demo some shoes; after the run Tim, myself, a few other runners, and the rep from Brooks went to Gordon Biersch around the corner from City Sports. The rep offered to pay for the first rounds of beers. After 1 or 2 rounds pretty much everyone left, but Tim and I stayed and talked with the rep for a while. Next thing you know we were quite a few rounds in and having a blast. At the end of the night the rep looked at us and said, so there were like 20 people with us tonight right? We all agreed and the rep picked up the whole tab for Tim and I! Pretty awesome! I only tell that story because the rep no longer works for Brooks.
2003: Surprise–This was the year I got to surprise everyone with a visit on Thanksgiving! I missed the last two Thanksgivings, I was away in the military. This year I flew in from Turkey and surprised everyone. I know Turkey/Thanksgiving you can make some puns of your own. It was great to see the surprise on everyone had on their faces. I think I was only able to come back for 3-4 days and then back to Turkey, but it was well worth the trip.
2001: The Redding’s House–My first Thanksgiving away from home I planned to spend in my dorm in Minot, ND. Not very exciting, the holidays this year were especially rough being the first time away from home. The day before Thanksgiving I got a phone call from pretty much a stranger. She said her name when Ester Redding and she went to the same church I did. She told me the pastor had mentioned it was my first Thanksgiving away and didn’t have any plans. I told her that was correct; with that she invited me over to have Thanksgiving dinner with her and her family. Normally I am not up for meeting strangers in a new setting like that, but I decided I would go. I was pretty anxious about going, but once I arrived everyone was really welcoming and the Redding’s made my first Thanksgiving away from home a little easier to deal with.
2000: Turkey Cup–Fifteen years ago my best friend and I asked two of our other really good friends to go golfing. We decided to have a friendly competition, we called it the Turkey Cup. The first year I won! My friends did it again the following year, but I wasn’t able to defend my championship because I was in Minot, ND my first duty station. Each year since the Turkey Cup has grown, sometimes we play on Thanksgiving, sometimes the day after. This year we will play on Thanksgiving and have over 20 people playing. The format of play has changed, instead of individual tournament we make it two-person best ball. It has become a tradition we all look forward to and one that will hopefully continue for many years to come.
Yes, I know I chose 6 memories, I had to add one at the last minute after I originally posted. Well there you have some of my most memorable memories from Thanksgiving.
What are some of yours?
-Veggie Fueled Runner