Silly Eating Season is almost here. According to Wiley’s “Most Obscure Seasons and Why You Should be Prepared” the tradition of Silly Eating Season began in 1543 when King Henry VIII was having such a joyous time, he didn’t want his annual harvest feast to end; so he encouraged the Royal Guard to continually bring roasted fowl to his table. Those members of the Royal Guard who were found NOT to be running around chasing down fowl to roast for His Royal Majesty were summarily flayed open from stem to stern and had his entrails fed to the (royal) hogs. Which were then also roasted for King Henry’s table. This is the first-recorded historical example of what we know as a "turkey trot." Silly-Eating Season (according to Prof. Wiley) begins at twilight on the eve of the Saturday ‘ere the day of "Thanks to our Majesty". Here in America, we obviously don’t have royalty. Looking to our own (more recent) history, we know that in 1789, George Washington declared Thursday, Nov. 26, a Thanksgiving holiday, but only for that year, and it wasn’t connected to the Pilgrim feast but rather intended as a “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” In 1863, President Lincoln did set Thanksgiving as an official holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
But in my opinion, it all goes back to King Henry. Don’t be the Royal Guard caught not running. I’m just sayin’. Running more miles during Silly Eating Season just makes sense.
So, Where do We Go?
Recent years have had us practice our craft on the course of the venerable Feaster Five Road Race. Start at the North Andover Common. Run to the start of the race course. Run the race course, all the way to the finish. Then return to the North Andover Common. This will make sure that you are ready to take naps the rest of the day.
Membership has its Privileges
Great post-run birthday bash and breakfast last week. Wonderful motivational and patriotic speeches given by prominent members of the club. Snazzy club-branded swag. These reasons and more are why you should venture forth as the days grow colder, and continue to make the most of your BRC membership. There’s more to come. Some may call us crazy, but I think they’re just jealous. Note: It may be time to start training for the BRC Christmas Run.
Sorry. I couldn’t resist.
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|BRC Christmas Run