Way back in 2008, I set a goal for myself to run a 6-minute treadmill mile before the end of the year. (I've never been a big runner, so this was a good challenge.) Tweaking my knee in the summer set me back, but I kept on working the program, spending more time running at 10 mph (a 6-minute mile pace).
Then along came Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, 2008.
I had a training run scheduled for that day, calling for 5 minutes at 10 mph (which was, as I recall, really hard!). I hopped on the treadmill that morning and had at it. As I approached the 5-minute mark, I remember thinking, "I don't want to have to do this again!" So I kept going for another minute. Success!
The point (and you knew there had to be one, right?) is that while it is technically "Thanksgiving Day" there's no reason you can't accomplish great things with your workout before the feasting starts. Even a reduced workout will make dinner that much more satisfying. (And please don't pretend you'll do your workout after dinner. That's crazy talk!)
So here's to a great holiday and (hopefully) a great workout too.