Thanksgiving vacation fitness never goes as planned, does it? But we do what we can with what we have. (Plus some Cyber Monday deals!)
I debated whether I was going to post something today. I runfessed on Friday that blogging is starting to stress me out. But when I went to bed last night, I had a nagging feeling I’d regret not posting today. So here I am, blogging in real-time, because the nagging feeling never went away! I’ve got some special Cyber Monday deals at the end of this post as well, and I couldn’t miss that now could I?
Before we get to that, remember that time I said I was on a running hiatus and then ran 16 miles? Well, last week was a legit hiatus this time. On Sunday evening, we arrived in Phoenix, AZ to visit with my family for the week of Thanksgiving. We were finally in the land of warmth and sunshine, and I had high hopes of getting in some great runs while we were there. I was hoping the running tracks and hiking trails would be as good as when we went to Montana, as there were amazing views and also lots of other things to do in Whitefish, which is where we were staying when we traveled there. This was because the plan was to focus on Thanksgiving vacation fitness. Unfortunately, I did minimal running despite the best of intentions. Go figure!
Thanksgiving Vacation Fitness
Monday — .4 miles walking
Monday was a little bit exhausting. After an evening of travel and an early wake-up call from my kids, I didn’t have it in me to run. Instead, I took my brother and sister-in-law’s adorable dog, Ryder, for a walk/run. We walked a little bit and then ran a teensy bit. It was super fun, even if it was short.
Tuesday — .5 miles walking
The advantage of living in the southwest is the abundance of playgrounds and outdoor space. My brother and sister-in-law have a really nice park in their neighborhood with a playground, grassy fields, and a walking path.
I planned to log some miles while the kids played on the playground. Ryder and I did a few laps but we didn’t get very far. He was far more interested in keeping an eye on the children than walking/running with me. At least we tried, right?
I also took my family on a wild goose chase for some hot Krispy Kreme donuts. Can’t visit AZ without those (or In-N-Out Burger)!
Wednesday — .77 miles hiking
Since my kids never adjusted to the time change (AZ is two hours behind CLE), we planned on getting up and out early on Wednesday morning. We had been waking up at 5:30 every day (which is 7:30 Cleveland time) which was just in time for the sunrise. Since the forecasted temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday were near 90?F, I thought it best if we headed to the mountains for a sunrise hike. And it did not disappoint. Check out these views:
We ended up hiking under a mile but gained almost 200 feet, which is a lot considering we were hiking with an 8 and 4 year old. It was such a fun morning and I’m so glad I convinced everyone we should do it. My only regret is that we didn’t go multiple times this year. Since we all enjoyed it so much, I’ve been looking at Sant Moritz apartments in Andorra. Hiking is such an enjoyable way to exercise and I’ve always wanted to visit Andorra.
Thanksgiving Vacation Fitness
Thursday — 3.2 miles + HIIT workout
I hemmed and hawed about what to do on Thanksgiving morning. I usually run a Turkey Trot with my bestie, Julie, and I didn’t want the Turkey Trottin’ tradition to stop. There were a few Turkey Trots near where we were staying, but I honestly didn’t want to spend $40 on a 5K race. Call me cheap, call me whatever, but I knew I could run some easy miles on my own.
I joined a local MRTT chapter and found a running pal who lived literally 500 feet down the road from my brother’s house. It was so fun to meet a new friend (who, ironically, is from Ohio and her fiancé is from Cleveland — what are the odds?!) and run some pre-Thanksgiving miles. I finished up the morning with just over 3 running miles.
Afterward, my sister-in-law, husband, and I completed my no-equipment Turkey Burner Workout before we had to get ready for family pictures. It was a tough workout! I’m glad we did it because it was lots of fun to do in the AZ sunshine.
I feel like last week was truly my running hiatus. I barely moved at all and ate terribly from start to finish. There was definitely very little Thanksgiving vacation fitness happening. This week I’m back on track and I have every intention of staying fit and getting back on a schedule.
Cyber Monday Deals!
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for… check out a few of these amazing Cyber Monday deals happening NOW! (No, this list is not all-inclusive. Yes, these are products I use and love.)
Momentum Jewelry is having a HUGE Cyber Monday sale. 50% OFF huge. Click here to snag the deal!
Honey Stinger is also having a huge sale with 50% off!! The Honey Stinger waffles are some of my faves — now’s your time to try them! You can also get free shipping with orders over $50. Use code FREESTING at checkout.
This may seem like a random addition to the list, but I just ordered my own Instant Pot and I’m extremely excited to use it! Plus this is a killer deal so if you’ve been considering one, why wait?
Amazon is featuring amazing deals on Garmin watches. If you’ve been in the market for a new one, you might want to take a peek and see what’s available.
My husband and I wear QALO silicone rings almost exclusively. Silicone rings are really comfortable, quite durable plus they’re also hypoallergenic. QALO is having a 20% off sale and buy 2, get 1 free sale in honor of Cyber Monday.
Give the gift of Road ID this holiday season with 20% off IDs (and 60% off apparel). Road ID is a great tool to have in your safety arsenal. I never leave home without mine.
That wraps up my week of Thanksgiving vacation fitness and the Cyber Monday deals. I told you I don’t have a ton to share — but the ones I do have are pretty darn amazing. Happy shopping!
Did you get in a decent amount of fitness over the holiday week?
Are you shopping on this fine Cyber Monday?
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