Friday Round-Up: Thanksgiving


It seems like winter has settled in awfully quickly here in New York City. The weather went from seasonably cool to downright freezing. Is it really always this cold at the end of November? Right now, I don’t know how I will survive winter because I already chilled to the bone and it’s only going to get colder. Does my blood eventually thicken up to withstand the winter and snow? I don’t remember.

For those of you in the U.S., did you have a nice Thanksgiving? For everyone else, did you have a nice Thursday?

We took the boys to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The boys were super excited to see the huge balloons and the floats. We only last about half an hour out in the cold before retreating back to my mom’s apartment in Manhattan to watch the rest of the parade from the window and on TV. Later that afternoon, we drove out to my aunt’s house in Long Island to celebrate Thanksgiving.

I officially finished my yoga teacher training program last weekend. I’m still digesting it all and will share more with you all next week. But it feels weird to be finished. It’s been such a huge part of my life for the past two months. It almost feels like withdrawal. But I went to yoga class on Tuesday. It felt great to be back in the studio with my teacher and I ran into one of my friends from training in class. And I felt like I could breathe again.


Since it’s a long weekend for many, and obviously you want to catch up on some blog reading, I’ve pulled together some posts that really resonated with me and that I wanted to share with you. They all center around an element of gratitude and giving thanks – appropriate as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

The List
I do love Kristin Armstrong’s column Mile Markers for Runner’s World. She talks about Thanksgiving and the tension between trying to press pause / be in the moment / express gratitude for what we have and the rush-rush-rush forward towards the next holiday and what else we want. It’s definitely a tension that I feel and her perspective is so insightful.

Picture in Picture
Speaking of perspective, I love Robin’s thoughts on how perspective affects us and how we can change it in a way that might make all the difference. Plus, she uses a pretty cool photo to illustrate her point.

2013 Philadelphia Marathon: A Lesson in Not Quitting
So, Michele is probably one of the most inspiring and amazing women I know. She had her sights set on a big goal for the Philly marathon – one that she’s very capable of achieving. However, the race didn’t go quite as planned and she was close to quitting the race around mile 21. But she didn’t and her reasons for not quitting are a testament to her character.

Changing the Conversation
In our culture and society, it seems like it’s impossible to escape talk about body image and diets and fitness, particularly around this time of year. And while some of those conversations center around wanting to be more healthy, the majority of the conversations center around depravation, punishment and restriction. Gabby asks us to change the conversation – to celebrate and be grateful for our bodies. “Just can we stop all of the hating and punishment oriented behavior?” <– Yes

Stretching is Not Yoga
Nope. It isn’t and Amanda lays out a great comparison between the two and the benefits of yoga. I’m not biased or anything.


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  1. says

    You know what the funny thing is… all these American holidays are coming over to the Netherlands these times. Halloween, Thanksgiving (being grateful is very popular nowadays anyway).. I thought it was funny to hear our American neighbours yesterday playing Wham’s Xmas songs. It’s cold here too haha! Congrats on your training :)
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  2. says

    I just read a lesson in not quitting. I will NEVER be as fast as Michele but I can relate to that wanting to give up because things are not working out the way I want them to. Great roundup as always! I can’t wait to hear more on your recap of YTT!
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  3. says

    Wow, I did read Robin’s post and I want that app that flips photos and puts them in a bubble to see clearly! And I had guessed it right..somehow.
    Can’t believe you went to the parade! We were watching and wondering what it would be like. It’s not always that cold, so..I’m with you in wondering how we’ll get through winter. For me, a trip to Florida in January might save me.
    Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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  4. says

    No! It’s not usually this cold at the end of November! I’m dreading what the winter will mean for running, but am telling myself I’ll run no matter how bad the weather is.

    My husband always say that one day we’d like to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. It’s so nice that you could watch it from the window of your Mom’s apartment. I bet your boys loved the magnificent floats and huge balloons. What memories they’ll have!
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