Today marks my 13th (last probably last) race of 2010! And it was the first race I went to completely alone! Not that I minded, but it was weird not having someone there to wait with and chat with and meet at the finish line.
Last year I ran the Troy Turkey Trot, and this year I decided to run the first Our Towne Bethlehem Turkey Trot! For one, it is way closer to where I live than Troy, and for two, there are less people running and I had a better a chance of PRing!
I woke up early to the sun coming up in my backyard. Gorgeous!
And I had some apple cinnamon waffles for breakfast.
I got to Delmar about an hour early to register for the race (I did day of registration), and do a two mile warm up.
Mile 1 – 10:26
Mile 2 – 10:00
Time to race!
The course was flat, but kind of boring, It went through a residential area off of Delaware Avenue. I didn’t bring my camera with me, so I have no race photos.
Mile 1 – 8:08
Mile 2 – 8:24
Mile 3 – 8:18
Mile .03 – :14 (the course was short?)
Total elapsed time – 25:05 (new 5K PR!)
Average pace – 8:16/mile
Average speed – 7.2 mph
After this race, I’ve decided I’m not a big fan of the 5K distance. I push myself hard during the race in order to PR. and I end up running so fast I feel uncomfortable! I was dying by the end, mostly because I’m not used to running for speed! But I’m happy with my time!
I think I was the only one wearing the hideous fluorescent green Stockade-athon shirt! ha.
I felt good enough at the end to run a few cool down miles, so I ran around Delmar some more.
Mile 1 – 10:01
Mile 2 – 9:52
Mile .39 – 3:58
Total for today: 7.3 miles
Then it was time to come home and help my mom and get the side dishes ready for Thanksgiving dinner!
Green beans and goat cheese
Orange cranberry sauce
My mom made apple cornbread stuffing.
and roasted acorn squash! I put the stuffing into the squash and it was INCREDIBLE!!!
My dad with his wild turkey!
Mulled wine that I got at the apple fest…best served warm!
My plate! Yes, I ate a little bit of the wild turkey. Honestly, it didn’t do much for me. I felt good about eating it, but the taste was a bit dried out. I guess wild turkeys don’t have a lot of fat on them, so the meat tends to be a bit tough.
Me and my sister.
Then it was time for dessert!
Pumpkin date nut bars
Carrot pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting (that I made from an organic cake mix Chris got me in San Fran!)
My mom made an apple pie, requested by my dad!
My grandma brought pumpkin pie and chocolate cake.
My uncle brought dessert wine, from the Finger Lakes! And he didn’t even know about my Green Challenge! 🙂
For dessert I chose the carrot pumpkin cake + some chocolate cake! I also had a bite of pumpkin pie, which confirmed my distaste for it. For some reason I love everything pumpkin, but pie! I think its a texture thing!
I had two small slices of the carrot pumpkin, it was so moist and delicious!!! Yum! I saved the rest of the cake for Chris, so he can try it! Dessert was excellent and in my opinion, the best part of Thanksgiving!
This year I’m thankful for:
- my wonderful family
- my awesome boyfriend
- my friends (+new blends!)
- my crazy cat
- my ability to run and enjoy it
- incredible food + drinks
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?