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Running for My Turkey
The Atlanta Half-Marathon Is Thanksgiving Tradition
While most people probably think about piles of turkey and whipped cream-topped pumpkin pie when they hear the word “Thanksgiving,” for me it conjures up images of pin-on paper race numbers and running shoes. That’s because I’ve spent many Thanksgiving mornings dashing through the streets of Atlanta, running the Atlanta Half-Marathon to earn my turkey dinner.
of relief, ice down my legs, and have dinner with my family. The house we gather at changes year to year, but no matter where we go, the Michigan side of the family cheers for the Lions on TV. Personally, I’m more about the food than the football (I’m a Falcons fan and they rarely make it to the big screen on Thanksgiving). We
I tried the race for the first time when I was a senior at Walker High School, and I still remember getting up bright and early and lacing up my shoes for the run. I kept running the half-marathon
always have a spread of all of the classic dishes. Don’t tell the cooks, but my all-time favorite Thanksgiving food is actually the turkey and cranberry sandwiches I make with the leftovers. They wouldn’t taste the same any other time of year! (The recipe is on the next page.) That said, I think running the Atlanta Half-Marathon helps me connect with the deeper meaning behind Thanksgiving. Putting my body through that intense physical exertion always makes me thankful I’m healthy and able to run, and when I get home, I’m thankful for the abundance of food I’ve helped provide for my family’s plates. My work as a lawyer brings me into contact with a lot of people who have been hurt, which helps me keep my own life in perspective. Really, as lucky as I am, every day should be a day of thanksgiving. This month, don’t forget to take a moment to think over the things you’re thankful for — it might just make your whole year a bit brighter.
through college and law school, then took a few years off when I started working. When I finally got back to it last year, I was welcomed by some pretty cold weather — you can bet I looked forward to my warm Thanksgiving dinner after that and didn’t feel the tiniest bit guilty loading my plate with heaping servings of turkey and pie. Weather troubles aside, I always have a lot of fun at the half- marathon. It’s nice to see people from all across Atlanta come together to cheer on their friends and family, and all of those happy faces give me a real sense of pride in my city. The course itself is great, too, because it takes runners by plenty of Atlanta landmarks, like the former Turner Field (where the race starts), the Olympic Torch Tower, and the historic architecture lining Peachtree Street.
When I get home from the race, I always follow the same routine: Stretch my sore muscles, use the foam roller for a bit
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