Happy Thanksgiving!!

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happy thanksgiving from the Habers

As is new tradition, my family runs a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The race we’ve participated in the last two years is in the town of Oyster Bay and this year they didn’t host it. My mom found a new 5K for us to run in Glen Head, Long Island. The race is called the North Shore Turkey Trot and we didn’t know what to expect.

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North Shore Turkey Trot 5K

Here’s what went down.

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Is it Thanksgiving yet? No? Okay.  I am just binge eating for sport in that case.

Song of the week:212” by Azealia Banks ft  Lazy Jay. This is one of my favorite running songs and it is 0% safe for work.

Last week’s workouts:

Monday: Nothing. I made a $25 donation to Refine Method by paying and being too tired/lazy to show up to class. You’ll see this is a trend in this post.

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What if my bitmoii self is my best self?

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Sunday, I ran a 4-mile race in the park called “The Race to Deliver.  This is very popular race for two reasons. The first is that the race benefits “God’s Love We Deliver,” a beloved NYC organization that delivers high-quality meals to people around the city too sick to cook or shop for themselves. The second reason is that it’s the first race post-marathon that most marathoners are recovered enough to run.

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delivering near my office

I hadn’t “raced” in a long time. I ran a 5K  race a few weeks ago but alongside my friend from work, and I let her set the pace. The Race to Deliver wasn’t a goal race for me. I  didn’t follow a dedicated training plan, but I was excited to get out there and see what I could do.

The day before the race, Matt and I went hiking with our friends Aman and Steph. The hike wasn’t especially long or strenuous, but it was steep. Hiking uphill is 100% fine for my ankle but headed downhill is where I get into trouble. (The descent is where I sprained my ankle in Colombia.) I didn’t get injured on Saturday’s hike but my ankle was definitely a little sore headed into Sunday.

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Matt and Aman hiking near Bear Mountain

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How is everyone doing? If you’re not feeling so hot, check out this post from earlier in the week. I’m sending good feelings and virtual hugs your way.

Now, on the workout front: Usually I like to alternate types of exercises (example: not run 3 days in a row!)  but it didn’t work out that way because I had to travel mid-week. So I front-loaded the week with Refine Method to make sure I met my 2x week commitment. I enjoyed it, actually. #AllTheRefineMethod

I also ran 13 miles this weekend, which is not a lot for me in general, but big number for me right now, and I’m pretty excited about it.

Song of the week:Wake me up before you go-go” by Wham! (Yea; this song makes me really happy.)

Here’s what went down:

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Hello from southern Italy. I’m spending the week in Puglia with Matt and his family.

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we are here (the red pin)

Sunday afternoon, we were having a late lunch in the center of Ostuni, a beautiful town inhabited since the Stone Age and known for it’s old white buildings and skinny winding side streets. The historic center, where we were eating, is a fort-like and on top of a hill.

 

Across the piazza, we saw what looked like a race finish line. So, of course we inquired about it. Matt’s mom speaks fluent Italian, which comes in handy. We found out Ostuni, a town of about 30,000 inhabitants was having a 5K at 8pm tonight. The race leaders were expecting about 200 participants, and now they had 4 more. Matt, Dana (Matt’s sister), Gail (Matt’s mom) and I signed up. Robert, Matt’s dad was cheer captain and dutiful bag holder.

Ostuni Runners

how beautiful is Ostuni?

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