A great time of year for walkers and runners

The Beem Team participated in its second annual Thanksgiving Day Run Thursday at the Sprint World Headquarters Campus in Overland Park, Kan. It was a perfect day for the race, with the mercury scratching 50 degrees when the gun sounded at 9 a.m., that’s fast becoming a family tradition.

The Beem Team ran its second annual Thanksgiving Day Run on November 24, 2011. It was Kate's birthday!

What was most amazing about this year’s Thanksgiving Day Run was the fact that we bumped into my cousin, Jason Scott, on our way to the starting line. What do you think the chances were of crossing paths with him in the sea of event participants?

It was cool to spend the race together. And while we surely didn’t burn enough calories to compensate for the extra ones we consumed during the day, we had a great time on a perfect running morning.

After a scrumptious feast at my parents’ house, we traveled Thanksgiving evening to Kate’s family farm in Brookfield, Mo. Kate’s dad grew up on the 400-acre plot, which is two hours north and east of Kansas City. Judy and he have fixed up the house and maintain it as a family getaway.

There are several Thanksgiving weekend farm traditions. We always get in a marathon game of Monopoly, in which my brother-in-law, Mike Hennessy, leaves us bankrupt. We usually tackle a tough puzzle, read good books and roast hotdogs over a bonfire.

We spent several days over Thanksgiving weekend at Kate's family farm in Brookfield, Mo.

And whenever I can, I run.

This year, I was able to get in a seven-miler Friday before the cold rain blew in Saturday. It was really enjoyable.

Tom ran the first 2.5 miles with me. We decided to head north of the farm and turn east on Heath Road, a route we’d never taken.

Things were going great until we came across a Pit Bull (still not sure if it was chained up). Luckily, Tom had asked 100 feet earlier to take a walk break. Upon seeing the dog, we slowly turned around and walked 100 feet in the opposite direction before finally feeling comfortable running again.

After dropping Tom back at the house, I continued south and ran my usual 4.5-mile farm loop. It was refreshing to run on soft, packed gravel roads with few cars and people in sight.

I’m hoping to get in a third run today before the holiday weekend comes to an end. I’m not sure how far I’ll go or which route I’ll take; it will depend on who runs with me. I’m betting Tom, who told me during our 2.5-mile jaunt Friday that he wants to plan a New Year’s Eve run, will join in.

I encourage you to keep chasing your fitness goals this holiday season. Your body feels 20 degrees warmer than the air temperature when you’re walking or running, so think 55 when the mercury reads 35.

Tom, who poses here with Kate in Rotary Park near the Rock Creek Trail.

Bundle up, hit the road and pursue your objectives! Whatever they are, it’s a great time of year for walkers and runners.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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