Thanksgiving 2015

For Thanksgiving, my husband and I cooked our first turkey.  As someone who is terrible at cooking, this is a big deal.

If you recall, I won a turkey last week at the base Turkey Trot. Winning something so useful was nice. Most people that have followed my blog for a while know  I’m not a cook. I can cook very simple and easy things. My standard meal is meat, potatoes and vegetable. Cooking an entire turkey terrified me but life is full of challenges.

Before beginning the process, we both agreed if we hated the meal or something went wrong then we were going to the diner no questions asked.

So with a plan and a backup plan in mind we began.

The Turkey started like this:

A turkey that I won

After sitting in the freezer for a week and then dethawing for three days, it was ready.

Step one: Take Out the Giblets (Please mind post race glamour hair)

take out giblets

Step Two: Stuff the Turkey.  We decided to use a recipe with champagne and apples.  A few weeks ago my friend recommended it over traditional stuffing, and it came out perfectly.  We were surprised with how simple but fancy it was.  Recipe here.

stuffed turkey

Step three: Add Bacon and beer?

I’m not sure if I saw more memes or recipes about a turkey wrapped in bacon, but we decided to try it out. We just used this simple recipe. (Maybe I just spend too much time on the internet). It didn’t look incredibly difficult, and we just made a patchwork quilt of bacon on the turkey.

Into the Oven she goes...

Into the Oven she goes…

It came out well; I was honestly quite surprised. I thought the bacon might burn, or that the turkey would not cook right, but nothing went wrong.

The burns...but not too much burning...

The light…it burns…but not too much burning…

All finished

All done

All done

We also decided to cook stuffing.  We used a bag of premade stuffing, added the butter and few onions and cooked it on the stove.

Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. We made an entire bag which apparently is for a family of 6...oh well.

Stuffing is one of my favourite parts of Thanksgiving. We made an entire bag that apparently is for a family of 6…oh well.

We also had canned cranberries (why my husband likes that I’ll never know…)

cranberry sauce

Since sweet potatoes are in season, we decided to make those too. Nevermind these look like 5-pound weights. I forgot to take a photo but they just looked like regular potatoes.

I’m proud of how everything turned out. To be honest, I don’t know if I would have done much differently. I wish we added more bacon to the turkey to cover the side but that is not a big deal.  Nothing was inedible, and we both enjoyed cooking it. I’m sure as we cook more turkeys we will learn how to cook them better and with different styles but I enjoyed it!  I would definitely recommend any of the recipes we used because they were simple.  The bacon on top of the turkey looks a lot more complicated than it was.

Keep in mind I’m no foodie.  Yes, I blog and try to eat relatively healthy but I’m no chef.

Questions for you:
How was your Thanksgiving?
Have you ever cooked a turkey before?

Training: Turkey TrotX2 and 71 Miles

Last week for training was a good week. Since I did a local turkey trot on Thursday, I skipped my usual speed workout. I’ve skipped speed workouts the last two weeks due to midweek races.

Monday: Easy Run and Deep Tissue Massage
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Easy Run
Thursday: Turkey Trot 5k (18:48)
Friday: Easy Run with Tim
Saturday: Turkey Trot (2) 19:24
Sunday: 15 mile long run
Total: 71


I think I recovered a lot faster from the Philadelphia half marathon than normal.  I didn’t feel as if I reached my full running potential that day and my legs were less sore. The race felt hard but it felt more of a workout but I can’t complain about a quick recovery. My easy runs were easy this week and there is nothing too interesting about those. On why running streaks don’t work for meTuesday I needed rest. I also wrote a post of why running streaks don’t work for me, personally.

Thursday Turkey trot: I’ll recap this next week. While I felt decent, I still felt the half. I was surprised that I ran an 18:48. My calves felt tight. I think on a good day and with good conditions I am ready to PR. My splits were 5:59, 6:04, 6:11. My tight calves definitely held me back the last mile.  My goal was to run faster than my first 5k of the half and I successfully did that. medford colony turkey trot

Saturday Turkey Trot: In summary, I took this race out too fast. My body normally feels the most sore two days after a race. I knew it would be painful but the race was a mile from work, went to a great cause and I thought why not? I ran a 5:54, 6:07, 6:24. It was my fastest timed mile in over a year but my body could not keep that pace. I felt like I was crawling the last mile.  Two months ago my crawling pace was 60-90 seconds slower so that was motivating.

Today I also ran my longest run in about 3 months. To be honest, this might have been my scariest “workout” in a while. I haven’t run that long in forever. Since my normal runs are between 10-11, I definitely felt the last four miles.  It was good to get a maintenance run in and it flew by.


I’m really excited to get back to normal training again. The last two weeks have been nuts because of the holidays and midweek races. My 5k on Thursday showed me I’m close to PRing again. I didn’t feel great and still ran an 18:48. Next week I plan to get back into a few mile repeats!

Questions for you:
How was your week of training?
Did you run any turkey trots?

Hollywood Diner and Cafe

A few weeks ago, Angela and I were able to meet at the Hollywood Diner and Cafe in Woodbury.  We arrived there around the lunch hour.

Image via United Diner Website

Image via United Diner Website

When driving down the NJ a turnpike you can see the Hollywood Diner between exits 2-3.  However, it’s much easier to get there from 295.
Angela and I

Angela and I have also reviewed the PB Diner and Tap Room. 

Atmosphere: A 
The Hollywood Diner is owned by the same owners as the Phily diner.  It’s clear they are both same owners from the layout and design.  There are a couple of old cars located inside.  The restaurant is separated from the sports bar.  The bar is on one side and a diner on the other.  You walk in next to an old corvette and their bakery and dessert case.

Service: A 
The waitress was extremely friendly and gave recommendations.  She always made sure we had plenty of refills, even after we finished our meals.

Coffee: C 
The coffee felt extremely watered down.  Typically I can’t tell if the coffee is watered down but this was apparent.  It could have just been a bad pot but it wasn’t that strong.  The whipped cream was good and there were plenty of refills but the coffee wasn’t great.

Hollywood diner coffee

Food: B
The Hollywood Diner has a lot of different options and specialities.  They have all of the breakfast options from eggs and pancakes to diner staples. I was surprised they didn’t have a lot of steak and seafood but I’ve been to too many overwhelming diner menus lately.  They also had a lot of $9.99 lunch specials.

With the recommendation of our waitress, I ordered their “Greek chicken speciality”.  It was essentially a chicken with a side Greek salad and soup.  It was good.  I wish the portions were a little larger, but it was a luncheon special.  It was pretty oily and I found myself surprisingly full.

Hollywood diner special

Cost: $
My Greek special and coffee were $12.  That’s the cheapest I’ve spent at a diner in a while.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back? 
I thought the diner atmosphere was awesome and the food was decent,  I wouldn’t mind eventually coming back.

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: C
Food: B
Cost: 10-15
Overall: B

Questions for you: 
What us your favorite classic car? 
Do you like your waiter/waitress to give recommendations? 

Why Running Streaks Don’t Work for Me

Many of my friends got their running starts between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Several magazines and fitness blogs do “running streaking”.  Runners World hosts a challenge each year to run every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  It helps motivate people, get people out the door and helps from gaining holiday weight.

Why Running Streaks Don't Work For Me

What is a running streak?

Run Streak-Running every day

What are some benefits for “streaking”?

  • More motivation to run…it’s hard to stop once you get past 1…2…3…days…then somehow you find yourself at 100 and who wants to break that?
  • It builds a base. Inevitably you will probably run more miles, and your general fitness will improve. Like any training, there will be plateaus as well as high points.

So on paper a running streak looks great.  You build more mileage and endurance and possibly get stronger and faster.  What type of runner doesn’t want to get stronger and faster? 

So why isn’t a streak something I’m interested in?

I’m injury prone.   I’ve come to a point with my running that I need to take a rest day fairly often. I run high, unconventional mileage and race a lot. Personally this causes me to not only need but WANT more rest days. I take anywhere from 4-8 rest days a month.  My current schedule has caused more workouts, less mileage and more rest days.

To be honest, sometimes sipping coffee during my typical run time is all I want to do.

For instance, a couple of Mondays ago I woke up and felt unexpectedly sore. I didn’t plan to rest, but I knew it was the best option. I couldn’t even imagine running a quarter of a mile, let alone 1. So I rested. If I were attempting a streak, I would have still gone for a run…I probably would have been more sore the following days.

Similar to running shoes, there is a perfect training plan for everyone. Some people thrive on running streaks! Other people like myself, don’t! Either one is fine, and that is the beauty of the sport…there are so many paths you can take once you cross the start line.

In summary, running streaks have their positives and negatives. They are beneficial for some and not for others. Similar to running shoes, it depends on the person, the lifestyle and the goals to whether a running streak will work for you. Either way it’s important to have some sort of activity throughout the year.

Questions for you: 
Have you ever done a running streak?
How many rest days do you like weekly?

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for a lot. I’m thankful for so much and, to be honest; I could probably think and write a 10,000-word post about it…

I’m thankful for:

My family is always supporting me. I’m lucky that my parents and brothers, my in-laws and sisters in law and my entire family help me. They are there for me through thick and thin.



And my new family too <3

And my new family too <3

My husband is always there for me, through the ups and downs. Believe me, in LOLZ life there are many ups and downs.





Hard to believe his was two months ago

Always thankful for friends

Always thankful for friends

I’m thankful for a house to live in and a job that pays bills and that I love.

I’m thankful for all of the support from friends and blog readers.

Friends everywhere!

Friends everywhere!

Take a moment today on Thanksgiving to think about what you are thankful for. Life might seem chaotic and the holidays overwhelming, but we are truly lucky to have a place to live and meal to eat.

Question for you: What are you thankful for this Holiday?

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Laying on my floor and stretching never felt so good.  Just finished my longest run in 3 months (15 miles) and a 71 mile training week.

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