I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Time is moving way too fast this fall! I know I say that every year, but it always seems to come as a surprise. In an effort to make the most of this time of year I’ve been walking a fine line between enjoying the holidays and getting burned out. Unfortunately I’ve been working a lot recently so “burned out” is basically my default state. Hopefully this upcoming week will change that. I’m staying in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving for the first time since 2011 so it’s going to be a bit more relaxing than usual. I’m going to work all three days next week, which sounds insanely boring, but I might actually get some things done with the relative quiet that surrounds a major holiday. I’ve had to wear a lot of hats at work for the last six months so I feel like I haven’t had a chance to make any real progress on my main projects. Three days without people bugging me every five minutes is going to be a blessing. An overworked engineer’s dream! But uninterrupted work is definitely not the reason I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving week. I’m both excited and nervous about the turkey trot I signed up for on Thursday morning. For a couple of reasons I registered for the Oceanside Turkey Trot combination 10K and 5K. It certainly wasn’t the most geographically obvious option, but it has its benefits. First of all, it maximizes my Thanksgiving mileage (9.3 miles between the two races) which is a big plus. Also, I’ll get a tech shirt in a women’s style, in contrast to the usual cotton unisex shirts that don’t fit me properly. Then there’s earning two medals instead of one. What can I say? I’m a race addict. So why am I nervous? A friend of mine is running the 10K with me and pacing me so that I can achieve a personal record. This is a scary prospect. When I’m running alone and I don’t maintain my expected pace or I fall short of a finish time it’s not a big deal. I brush it off and start thinking about my next attempt. This time I’m going to have someone else running with me, keeping me accountable for the goal I’ve set. I want to cross the finish line in 1:10 which is slightly faster than my current PR. It’s a modest target, but I’m still worried about succeeding. My friend and I ran together on Wednesday night and did four miles at my planned pace. It was not easy for me! I’m still optimistic that I can get my PR, but it’s going to be tough. My reward after the races in Oceanside will be a trip to Disneyland! The parks are usually not busy on Thanksgiving Day and I have a dinner reservation at Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel. It’s undoubtedly going to be delicious, and I’ll heave earned it after running 15K earlier that morning. So that’s what I have to look forward to on Thanksgiving this year. It’s going to be here so soon!