Thanksgiving on the Run



Thanksgiving morning my brother Bob, up from Corpus Christi, and I ran in a food run on the Arkansas River Trails. Bob has been running pretty steadily since the big running boom of the 80’s. Me, I’m a poser.


It was the Von Franken Family Food Run. There is no entry fee. They just ask you to bring a sack of non-perishable food items. No tee shirt, no medals, and of course no timing and no closed course but it sure is popular and fun.


I think they filled the truck before the event was over.


There were some dogs out there ready to be rescued. We are full up with our three mutts. I tried to get brother Bob to get a dog but he didn’t want one.


There was lots of selfie action going on. I love to take pictures of people taking pictures. Don’t ask my why.


Here is some more selfie action going on.


I mentioned that this was a low budget, low pressure, run. Well, I didn’t hear a gun to signal the start but Bob said, “Look they are running.”  So off we went. It took a while for the starting group to unpack. There were all sorts of runners, walkers, waddlers, dogs, baby strollers on the course but we just ran around them and others ran around me.


Bob gradually pulled away and I was going on at an easy pace. My legs were a little sore so I just loped along enjoying the view. We still have lots of fall color up in the trees. I just love it.

And then I got to wondering just how long was this race. I told Bob that it was about three miles but we just ran and ran and the turnaround wasn’t until 2.7 miles. I caught up with him there. And then he took off again while I stopped and got a drink at the water fountain cuz in this low budget wonderful race there are no water stops with no huge mess of water cups left over by the runner. I was surprised the water fountains were still running this late in the year.


There was a family playing football on the rugby field What a way to spend Thanksgiving morning right? I mean if you don’t feel like running. And anyway I caught up with Bob just before the finish line. We grabbed a cup of coffee and went home to get cleaned up.


We had Thanksgiving over at Nana’s house. I had smoked a couple of turkey’s on Wednesday plus we had all the usual trimmings. It was wonderful. Afterwards Bob and I watched the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Philadelphia Eagles. You can tell that Bob made friends with Nana’s Fiona. Bob should have got one of those rescue dogs is what I think.


I suck at inside Turkey Day photographs. Here is Heather and her mother Nana working in the kitchen.


And here is Heather and Nana working over my son Logan in a cutthroat game of Farkel during the game. They are way past the old let the kid win phase. He can hold his own in Farkel even against his cutthroat Mom and Grandmother.

So, I had a great Thanksgiving. How was yours?

6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving on the Run

  1. sylviakirk

    What a great Thanksgiving you had!! I had a great one, too!! My son’s mother-in-law and a friend of mine as well, had Thanksgiving with Adam and his wife and it was a wonderful day!! Thanks for sharing the fun and I hope it continues through the weekend!! ENJOY!!

  2. Hootin' Anni

    I had to smile at the fact that you take pictures of people taking pictures. Actually I kinda like the idea.
    The run sounds fun and with no pressure, just out there enjoying your day and feeling good about it all. A big plus is filling the van with canned goods.

    Looks like a wonderful day. Oh. and too bad so sad the Cowboys lost….[are you kidding me? I’m elated!]

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