In a perfect world, this virtual fundraiser that I participated in on Thanksgiving Day 2020 might have been spun into a blog post long before now. But, in this COVID era, where snail mail sometimes takes weeks, even months, to arrive at its destination, my Turkey Trot swag finally landed in my mailbox the tail end of January.
And further, in a perfect world, where one sets out their New Year’s resolutions on Day #1 of the brand-new year, one might assume that by the 42nd day of 2021, at least some of those proclamations may have been broken, or at least tweaked. But all of them? Gee … how did I go so horribly wrong this year? And today, by virtue of this post, I have broken the last New Year’s resolution. You see, I told myself in 2021, I would limit my blog posts to just two per week and maybe, just maybe, I could stay caught up with everyone else’s blogs that way. Sigh.
Well a “blogiversary” is worth breaking that resolution don’t you think? (Say “yes” please.)
In the eight years since that snowy February weekend when I created WALKIN’, WRITIN’, WIT & WHIMSY and entered the blogosphere, I have amassed a total of 1,576 posts and my media file is groaning with photos. That’s pretty incredible since I started out with one-paragraph posts, one-word titles and often no photo.
‘Twas the Season …
Of course you said “Bye Bye Birdie” after dabbing your mouth from enjoying that scrumptious bird that was parked in the middle of the Thanksgiving table several months ago, so admittedly this post lacks the pizazz of any Thanksgiving Day fanfare.
But, since this is a blog about walking, I decided a post memorializing my first 10K event was perfect for my blogiversary date.
For the past 38 years, the Parade Company in Detroit has hosted a walk/run event prior to America’s Thanksgiving Parade. The walkers and runners wend their way through Downtown Detroit, directly preceding the parade. Even though there are corporate sponsors, the event participants’ entry fees help defray the purchase and maintenance of parade paraphernalia like floats, giant balloon characters and costumes.
I always thought it would be fun to participate in the walk/run event, but the race begins at the crack of dawn, in Downtown Detroit and on Thanksgiving Day – who knows what the weather would be like? Plus, the crowds are massive, as people line Woodward Avenue to watch the parade which begins at 9:00 a.m.
But then I heard the radio advertisement for the Turkey Trot. As you might have guessed, this 2020 annual footrace, just like so many other events, was virtual. The walk/run events are known as the Michigan Mashed Potato Mile, the 5K Stuffing Strut and the 10K Turkey Trot. I decided to participate in the 10K event and it was my first 10K – yay me! The walk/run could be taken anytime between November 23rd to November 30th.
While I had my choice of eight days in which to do my virtual walk, I wanted to be a purist and complete the trek on Thanksgiving morning and I wanted to do it at my favorite nature nook, Council Point Park. It was gloomy and gray that morning and it looked like it would rain any minute, so I took an umbrella, but purposely left the camera at home. As it turned out, it never did rain, but it was very overcast.
I was all alone on the walking path for the longest time, but soon I looked up to see four people on the trail. They were all running. As two teenagers zipped past me, I couldn’t help but notice they were wearing elf hats. They waved and called out “good morning – Happy Thanksgiving” and soon were out of sight. I kept at it, walking around the same loop with all the squirrels and birds, then I switched to the other walking loop as I knew I’d deplete my goodies if I stayed on that side any longer.
On the other side of the Park, I saw a guy wearing a Santa cap and white beard. Suddenly something clicked – were these folks participating in the same event as me? Well, your Roving Reporter just had to know, so I walked faster, caught up with “Santa” and asked that very question. He told me it was his wife Amy’s idea for the family to participate and he said Amy was an avid runner and had left him “in the dust” so he took a rest while we chitchatted. Of course, it was a missed moment photo-wise since the camera was at home.
I often walk six miles or more on weekend days and this late in the year, with mild weather in November, plus, since I was walking every day, I got the 6.2 miles easily walked and took a photo of the pedometer reading when I got home.
So, here is my shirt and finishing medal and I decided to make this my blogiversary post since the reason I began this blog was to write about my daily treks, which walking regimen I began Labor Day weekend 2011.
Onward and upward!
I’m adding my blogiversary logo here; it just arrived.
[Parade pics and Turkey Trot hashtag logos are from The Parade Company Facebook page.]