I did not do any Turkey Trot but I ran 12 miles today on Thanksgiving Day...in thanksgiving for my ability to run.* (So the * means something I'm thankful for.)
I didn't run for high school sports but my older brother* did. He inspired me somewhat, so I tried running but mainly for leisure. Two running experiences in the distant past are memorable - one I ran home for about 6 miles because I didn't have a ride. The other time I ran to school for 10 miles just because.
What started me running for good was 7 years ago when I needed to relieve myself from stress at work.* Before I knew it, I was ready for my first 5k. I got my wife* and son* to run, too. We ran races together as a family.* I ran 5k's and 10k's at least once a month for 8 months then I decided I was ready for my first half marathon. Five months later, I ran my first full marathon in Big Sur, CA.
Ten days from today, I will be running my 25th marathon in Sacramento, CA.
Running is a huge part of my life now. I look at my ability to run as a big blessing. I always pray that I remain healthy so I can keep running as long as I can. Recognizing it as a gift, I always remember to offer my running time in thanksgiving. In gratitude, I also do my running as a time to pray and remember other people who need prayers. Truly, I humbly take your petitions to heart and to God in prayer.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!