The 26.2 Mile Turkey Trot

As I’m not the sharpest tool in the box (just ask Fionnuala) it only struck me this morning that the marathon I have been training for (and boring you about) these last few months falls during the Thankgiving Day weekend. This is not celebrated in Northern Ireland but as most of our followers live in the USA I thought it appropriate that I mention it.

So while most of you will be eating yourselves into a food induced coma I will be trudging 26.2 miles. It will more than likely be raining (it is Northern Ireland after all) and near freezing temperatures are forecast for this Saturday. I will be wet, cold and aching from every joint. And what’s more I’m paying the race organisers for the pleasure. So what is there to be thankful for about running a marathon on Thanksgiving weekend?

Well firstly is the fact that I can run at all. I struggled with injury and illness throughout the summer so the fact that I am participating at all is something I am grateful about. My training has been tough and it’s only over the last month or so that I’ve begun to regain a semblance of my former fitness and form. I’m thankful that my body has healed and that at this stage in life (I’m no spring chicken anymore) that I can even contemplate such a challenge.

I’m running the race for SHINE Charity (Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus) and have been raising funds for the cause which is very close to our heart. Our daughter, Hannah, was born with both disabilities and is a wheelchair user. She can’t run….yet. I can. So this race is for her and all the other kids in wheelchairs. She hasn’t let her disabilities stop her from living life so why should I let a few strained ligaments and a virus stop me from running my race.

I’m thankful I will have my family on Saturday. I take them for granted too often. They have supported me at my very best and my very worst. I will be thinking of Fionnuala and the kids every step of the way. I’m thankful that, whatever happens during the race, I will be going home to a warm home with people who I love and who love me back. I don’t deserve what I have but I suppose that is what grace is all about. Undeserved favour.

I’m thankful that I have this forum to write. I’m thankful that people read the blog and take the time to comment. I’m thankful that I have a good job and have been blessed with a modicum of talent. I’m thankful that the crazy ideas that bounce about my head are solidifying into a novel. I’m thankful that I’m free from the demons of my past. I’m thankful that my eyes have been opened to past mistakes and poor decision making. I’m thankful for the friends I have and thankful that others are no longer part of my life.

No life is perfect but we still have much to be thankful for. I thank God I’ve been given a 473rd chance.

To all our American friends Happy Thanksgiving Day!!

What are you doing for Thanksgiving Day? Running a turkey trot? Or eating lots & lots?

What are you thankful for?

29 thoughts on “The 26.2 Mile Turkey Trot

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  1. I was used to run every day… but i kind of dropped it and just work out , but I totally relate with the joy of running.
    Nothing for thanksgiving as I live in France… but I certainly have many things to be grateful! Starting from here 🤗

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  2. I am grateful for your words of truth and willingness to share. I truly loved South Ireland and hope to visit your area someday (God willing). Your stories bring me closer in Spirit and offer connection in a desperate world that strives to separate and destroy. Keep those feet pumping today and I will be praying for your strength, courage, and endurance. May we all run “the race” with such and receive our prize when we are done. In Christ Alone

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  3. My family all sat down and watched Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. It’s a tradition for my family, since we are from that area. Blessings with your race! I am thankful for your blog and all of the witty insights that it endows upon the internet.

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  4. I enjoy reading your writing, I find your style or voice or both unique, and as a former and longtime runner (for about 32 years; I started when I was 17 and stopped two years ago, when I was 49), and as someone who took care of people who used wheelchairs, I relate very much to this post.

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