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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 light...it 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?

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Turkey Trot 5k (19:23)

The question of the month is how many Turkey Trots can I do in November?  With the amount of racing I’ve been doing…I’m not sure.

Each month, the base holds a race. I’m not normally able to attend due to work but last Wednesday I was already on the base. It made sense just to do it. I needed to do a workout, and running races are always fun workouts. I like base 5ks because they are normally on the lunch hour on either a Wednesday or Thursday. The entire 5k and any awards given out are completely done in less than hour. The race started at noon, and I was showering by 12:50.

Last Wednesday morning I had negative motivation.  My legs hurt, I was tired and I didn’t want to run at all.  If the base 5k wasn’t that day, I’m not sure I would have been able to motivate myself to do any speed work.

I had gotten a deep tissue massage the Monday evening before. I could feel my legs. My goal was to do one last hard effort before Philly. I planned to race with how I felt for the day. That’s normally how I race. I don’t go in with an exact pace idea; I just run with how I feel for the day.

We lined up, and the race was off right at noon. Immediately after starting the race I knew how windy it would be. I started off behind several men. Since we were running on the sidewalk, it was impossible to pass anyone. I knew once the road opened up, I would have more room. As soon as we turned a corner and the road opened up we were hit by a huge wind gust. I found myself running in stride with another male. We ultimately ran the entire race together. We ran mile 1 in 6:10. I was quite surprised by how fast we were moving and knew I would not be able to maintain that pace.

During mile 2 we ran by a flock of wild turkeys. Most people know that I’m terrified of turkeys. I don’t care for birds in the slightest. We ran onto another road, and the wind was whipping around. We didn’t have a headwind but more of a side wind. My legs hurt and mentally I had checked out of the race. I hit the second mile in 6:22. I thought: well at least I’m still on track to run a sub 20 minute 5k.

The third mile felt as if it took forever. I think part of the issue was you could see the finish line during the entire mile. It felt like we were circling the finish line.  I was still running with the same man, although one guy ran by us like we were standing still.

By the time I knew it, I saw Tim finish, and then I looped back to finish myself. I crossed the line in 19:23 and as the first female overall. I reached a life goal of winning a turkey from a turkey trot. Yes, I will be attempting to cook it on Thanksgiving.

A turkey that I won

The turkey

Thoughts:
To be honest, I felt awful. My legs were sore from my deep tissue massage. I’m surprised I was able to run that fast. I nearly stayed at home and powered through mile repeats, but I’m glad I went out there.

Questions for you: Do you have any Turkey recipes? How should I cook it? 

Random Thoughts

Something I’ve learned in the last year is most of the time life is boring, and that’s okay. Sometimes there is nothing exciting going on that merits a blog post. I post the majority of days, but most are about running and training and, of course, diner reviews. I haven’t posted about personal life in a few weeks, and that’s because I’ve just been boring.  While I have other interests outside of running, for the most part, it is a running-oriented blog.  I’ve been racing so much that between racing and training posts, half of my blog week is filled!

In thinking out loud, my day consists of I going for a run, going to work and then coming home watching TV and sleeping. Lather, rinse, repeat with a few a diner dates in there too.

Here are a few random blurbs:

Music I’ve been enjoying:
I recently downloaded a Ke$ha remix CD, and I love it. The music is fun to listen to while running.  If you are looking for something fast, slightly vulgar and pop…this is your CD.

kesha remix

Running Shoe Rotation:
I’ve gotten a few questions about my running shoe choices Right now I’m currently running in these:
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 (majority of runs)
Saucony Zealot (warm up and cool downs, occasional weekly run)
Altra Paradigm 1.5 (once a week)
Nike Pegasus (sporadically 1-2X per week…review to come)
Saucony A6 (racing)
That is my current shoe rotation.

Most used shoe wins for photos

Most used shoe wins for photos

TV Shows I’m Watching:
America’s Next Top Model: I’ve watched every season of ANTM, and I’m sad this is supposedly the last season. Now what I will do?
Bar Rescue
Restaurant Impossible

What’s been going on life wise?
Honestly like I said, I’ve just been running, working and getting ready for the Philadelphia Marathon weekend. Not only for myself but with work too. We’ve been a little bit busier with the end of cross country season as well as the end of North East marathon season.

Yesterday I opted to run a 5k on base instead of doing my “regular” one-mile repeats. I’ve always wanted to get a turkey from a turkey trot and the stars aligned.  I ran a 19:30 and felt completely awful.  I’ll probably do a race recap since it was technically a race but, in summary, it was windy, my legs were still sore from my deep tissue massage, but I still had a good time.

me win turkey

Questions for you:

What has been going on in your life?

What music are you enjoying? 

When Turkeys Attack

I don’t want to waste your precious black Friday shopping so I’ll keep a short post for today.  I do all my shopping online so I’m probably still on the internet.

If you know me then you know I’m afraid of birds.  Though there are many birds that I can tolerate, there are three that scare the pants off me. 

Turkeys

Geese

Seagulls on VA Beach when tourists drop food

I’m afraid of Turkeys for a multitude of reasons but I guess I will start with my college period in Upstate NY.  One of my closest friends was doing a lot of cycling.  He was training and would go on 100+ mile rides on the weekends through the Adirondacks.  The North Country of Upstate NY is a different world (even more so though normal Upstate, NY and it’s a different planet then NYC).  There are no big cities and towns only have a couple thousand people.  So there he was riding 100 miles (and probably only saw 20 cars the entire journey along “main” roads).

He had stopped to get food and drink in a small town.  He was leaned up against a fence when all of a sudden a wild upstate turkey comes charging at him gobbling.  Not a little baby chicken, but a turkey.  He panicked and got on his bike and tried to ride away but the turkey was chasing him!

As he was trying to leave a few cars were stopped and watching him.  He was in the middle of the road and no one would help!  Then finally he was able to gain enough momentum to get out of the turkey’s sights.  He said the Turkey left him alone because it found something or someone else to follow but he didn’t look back.

Long story short Turkeys attack (or at least in Upstate, NY). 

I was once driving through Upstate to an even more north town then Potsdam and two turkeys flew across the road at windshield level.  They were only about a foot from my car and if they had hit me, they would have shattered the windshield…or dented my hood.

Turkeys are scary creatures and I have no issues eating them for Thanksgiving.

Next time I’ll tell you about my hatred towards Geese perhaps but I don’t think there are holidays dedicated to Geese.  Enjoy Black Friday shopping.

Questions for you:

1.       How was your Thanksgiving? Are you Black Friday Shopping?

2.       Least favorite animal? 

Personal Daily Food Journal

This is from Last Wednesday so I guess it qualifies.   And FYI props to you foodies that do this everyday.  It was painfully difficult for me for one day. 

I don’t know all the tricks of the trade of the WIAW posts.  I like to read them but I don’t participate that often.  Mainly because my food intake is super boring right now.  I eat pancakes.  I eat a sandwich.  I eat whatever is going on at my house.  I am not a good foodie and I’m okay with that.  I’m hoping to find a man that will understand that I am not chef Hollie.  If you don’t want pancakes or something cooked in the microwave-I can’t help you.  I also hate getting into that comparing who eats what and how much they burn and food advice from your great aunt twice removed because she is an expert.

But I also get the question of what do I eat-all the time.  How many calories I have…ect ect…I thought I would do this once and show you a day in the life of me.  When I’m being lazy at home.  So maybe I’ll do day in life part two in school.

Without further ado-let’s go time travel back to Wednesday.

I woke up at 7:25am.  I don’t know why but that is when my alarm was set from school and I just kept it that way coming home.  I like that time and it works for me and I wake up that early every morning of my break.

At home I tend to eat waffles because we don’t have a griddle.  Well we did and I brought it to school and I don’t enjoy making stovetop pancakes.  Pancake snob maybe.

Waffle of the day goes to Chocolate Peanut Flour.  For your enjoyment this meal is about 500 calories.

Chocolate peanut flour waffle with peanut butter (and syrup but you can't tell)

I normally eat and then read blogs and pux around the internet until 9:30, Wednesday was no different.   It gives my food about an hour and a half to digest before my run.  That is plenty of time for me and besides I’m not going hard so if anything if cockblocks speed even more.  8 miles untimed was my morning jive.  Easy.  Nothing too exciting and that’s all I have to say about that. I would love to be more informational about my running but most of my runs are easy and quite boring.  I didn’’t go to track but 2 times in 2011.  Yep I said it. 

I will talk more about my training when I go into phase 2 in a couple weeks.  To simplify, 85% of my runs are easy and untimed.  My goal is just easy milage for 85%.  I have already become so strong.  I can feel it.

Moving on to lunch.  I time my run so I can eat lunch right when I get home (as in within 2 seconds of walking in the door).

Egg bagel with guacamole and cheddar cheese

Then I did absolutely nothing for my life for another 3 hours.  Isn’t break lovely that way?  Actually-I went to the mall and got some new makeup from MAC but I didn’t do much else besides that.

But I did get some coffee.  I get gas station coffee everyday.   Everyday I put at least 150 calories of grimey cream and whatever else is body.  I don’t care.

This is a summertime shot but I still go to the same place. Oh and this is the Beamer that dude texting and driving totaled but still accurate that I got this 24 ounces of grime.

I got home around three and went for my tempo run (that day happened to be part of that 15% timed fast runs I do).  It was good.  I felt so good.  I cannot even explain to you how good that run went.  In fact, I will tell you.  I ran 5.5 miles in 38:08 which equates to a 6:34 overall pace.  I didn’t feel like I was dying or going to have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest.  Thus it was overall perfect.

After getting home, I had one of these lovely creations.  In order to become more tan I will eat more pumpkin (and turn orange from beta-carotene).  Just kidding but add some pumpkin to yours oats and it’s so good.  (This was around 4:30-5).

With sprinkles. duh. 15 extra calories of worth. Well probably like 45 because I just kinda dump a bunch in.

For dinner we had chili, broccoli and left over turkey.  That is parmasean cheese on top because it makes everything better. 

Later that night I wanted ice-cream.  So I went and got some cake batter ice cream because it’s my favorite.  It is way to cold in Northern New York to be thinking of ice cream but down here 50 degrees is optimal ice cream weather.

with cherries.

And that was my day of joyous eats.  It came out to be roughly 2500 calories incase you were wondering.   So please call your great aunt twice removed expert in dietetics to get at me. As 99.9% of the time-I do answer your formspring questions via blog or there so ask away.  🙂

Question for you: What have you been eating lately? 

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