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Hitting the Pavement.

Posted Oct 29 2008 12:00am
Today's post is not about apples or weddings, but back to my original focus - running! So if running bores you, come back tomorrow:)

It is officially cold outside. Fine with me because that means that the holidays are coming, which is my favorite time of year. Christmas songs (I start on T-giving), holiday lights, bundling up in scarves, tree decorating...you get the picture. However, holidays are also a daaangerous time of year for the waistline - pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies, holiday cocktails - all hard to resist. Giving up these holiday goodies is no fun, so instead I am amping up the exercise to combat massive caloric overload.

Lucky for me, it comes in good timing - there are lots of great races coming up in Cincinnati! If you live in the area, whether you're a seasoned runner, or you just like hitting the sidewalk for some fresh air and a nice walk, I encourage you to check out these races - they are all a lot of fun, and all for great causes...

Mason Mini Marathon -
Saturday, November 8th
Don't let this "marathon" intimidate you. You can choose between a 5k or 15k race on the flat roads of Mason. I am sad that I will be out of town for this race, because the cause is near and dear to my heart. This race benefits the many programs and services of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati! Cost is $30 and includes the race, technical race shirt, awards and refreshments from Panera (yum!). I'm bummed to miss this race, but look forward to hearing all the details from Lindsey!

1st Ever Turkeyfoot Trot 5K Run/Walk -
Saturday, November 15th
Be part of this inaugural race, which includes a 5K run/walk as well as a 1 mile fitness run/walk! All proceeds benefit St. Barbara Church's Building Fund. The cost is only $20 and includes the race, a long-sleeve technical t-shirt, and post-race goodies. If you've never done a race before, I assure you this price is a steal (and all the money goes to a good cause)!

99th Annual Thanksgiving Day 10K -
Thursday, November 27th
Be part of the oldest race in the country! This popular race starts at Paul Brown Stadium and crosses into Kentucky and back. This was the first 10K I ever ran, and I'm planning to run it again this year. The entry fee is $25 and includes lots of finish line refreshments and running gloves. Long-sleeve shirts are sold separately for $15. My advice - get there early. There are a LOT of people that do this race, which makes running fun, but parking can be a problem. Don't worry - the race is early, so you'll still have plenty of time to go home and get your turkey in the oven. Trust me, the pumpkin pie goes down a lot nicer when you know you've already got a 10K in the bank for the day!

If you're in the area, check 'em out. If not, I'm sure most cities have holiday run runs and turkey trots. How do you plan to beat the holiday bulge? Does anyone have any exercise-related holiday traditions?

Casey and I have signed up for another marathon in December, so that should certainly help us. More on that to come...
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