Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you were able to eat great food with wonderful family and friends. Personally, my Thanksgiving weekend was earmarked by a couple of great runs, including one on the country roads North of Toronto.

At this time of year, I’m always itching to go running. I know it’s going to get cold soon. And I want to squeeze in as many jaunts in the sunshine as I can. So Friday after work, I couldn’t help but put my shoes on and do a couple laps of Queens’ Park. It was an impromptu outing and just fun to stretch my legs.

Unfortunately, I woke up Saturday morning with a weird pain in my foot. I walked and stretched as much as I could, while we headed North of the city for some family Thanksgiving fun. Unfortunately, half our family members were sick. My biggest fear.

By Sunday though my foot felt fine, and I was ready to go on the long run I had planned. I’m going to reduce my mileage the rest of the week, but I wanted to bang out one last long run before race-day. Plus, the country roads are so beautiful at this time of year that I was just dying to tour around a little.

But instead of telling you about it, let me show you some of the pics I snapped.

Photos from my Thanksgiving Weekend Run:

The run started out with a relatively steep 2km climb. My legs were cold and stiff, but the country views from the top were quite nice.

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I was then happy to find some rolling downhill, more beautiful countryside, and eventually more hills.

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It was a nice change to run through quiet farm-land rather than the busy city streets of downtown Toronto.

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While my Nike Running Club app said I ran 366M of vertical ascent, I truly don’t believe that number. The data signal was quite choppy at times, and this hill alone around the 10K mark could have been a couple hundred metres of height.

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The view from the top were worth it though…

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After that, I saw a small private cemetery, some horses, and (finally!) a sign that I was on the right path.

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By the end, I had taken a wrong turn and ended up going a few kilometres longer than I’d planned. Actually, at 24km this has been my longest run to date, yay! Needless to say, I was very happy to have a massive Thanksgiving meal a few hours later.

So with all that in mind, I’m feeling pretty good about the upcoming half-marathon (#STWM). My biggest fear is getting sick. Since my last half-marathon update, more people close to me have gotten ill. I’m seriously thinking about sleeping on the couch.