November 9th-13th I was inLexington,Kentucky for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Intl. conference. The trip was fantastic. I absolutely loved spending the week with the ladies from River Valley Riders (RVR), the therapeutic horseback riding program I volunteer with. Visiting the “Horse Capital of the World” and Lexington Horse Park was something I’d wanted to do since I was about 12 years old and read about it in a Horse Illustrated issue. Check that one off the bucket list! I’m working on a recap about the trip, so hopefully I’ll post that soon.
November 14th was spent recovering from the cold/allergies that hit my sinuses the last day of my trip. Luckily, I never felt awful and a few days of meds cleared it up quickly. I’m guessing it was more allergy related due to the different allergens inKentucky being blown around by the strong winds.
Then, on November 19th,Minnesota was hit with our first snow of the season, which is late for us. The terrible driving was back out in full force because every year when it snows, people drive as if they’ve never driven in the stuff before. Frustrating!
All of a sudden it’s the week of Thanksgiving! I’ve spent the past few days being lazy and in a bit of a slump. Since returning from my trip, where I drank too much coffee and beer and ate more “junk” than necessary, I’ve felt lazy and bloated. I haven’t had the energy or drive to exercise and of course, I’ve used the “I’ll get back on track after Thanksgiving” excuse. Terrible, I know.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be running my November race, the Gobble Gait 8k (5 miles). I’m guessing it won’t be a strong performance on my part because of the laziness and bloat I’ve been feeling. But, it’s better than not doing anything at all. The race doesn’t offer chip timing or any official timing, so no one will be able to go on the internet and find my slow time, so I guess that’s a positive! Plus, considering it’s my first race of that distance, it will automatically be a PR. I plan on doing a recap sometime next week, as I do with all of my races.
After the race, I have two family Thanksgiving meals to attend and Friday morning, we’re off toIowafor a family reunion. Busy, busy!
Hopefully, I’ll find the motivation I need to start a new exercise plan on Monday. I really don’t want to gain weight over the holidays this year and I want to maintain my fitness level for the races I have scheduled for the remainder of 2011 and the 2012 races I’ve already registered for. With my 30th birthday only five months away, I want to wake up that morning and say I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in.