Thanksgiving!! (and a race recap)

Hi friends!! Happy late Thanksgiving πŸ™‚ I had a BLAST! I hope you did too and took a moment to appreciate everything you have and everyone you love πŸ™‚ I know I did (including each and every one of you)!

I woke up bright and early to head off to a 5K. I am trying to get in as many races as possible before my half marathon, just for more experience and so I’ll feel comfortable in January.

Yeah, we got medals! I couldn’t believe it! I was suprised that the race was $30, but I am thinking that’s why… Worth it. (Sorry I look so gross in that pic, I debated with myself about not posting it, but I decided if you’ve stuck around this long, you could handle it.)

There were quite a lot more people than I was expecting. I heard more than 200 at some point. My friend and I were towards the back if the pack, and I was OK with that, I just wanted to get in my own groove and not battle anyone. This was my first race with time chips, so I knew it wouldn’t really matter how long it took to get across, and I had my iPhone with me too.

My final time was 37:00 (give or take some seconds I didn’t look right away, and I haven’t gotten my chip time). Close to THREE minutes faster than my last 5K, I will take it.

The first half was amazing, then I had some water and a SIP of garorade. Bad idea. Now I know that gatorade makes me start dry heaving mid race. Haha. Gross. A part of me is annoyed that I didn’t do better, I was secretly hoping for sub 35:00, but another part of me so proud that the first half of the race was strong but not too much. I really think that if I hadn’t done the gatorade, I would have reached my goal. So I am hoping to do another race this next weekend. Haha.

After I finished, I walked back, and met my friend. She is so amazing, she’s lost more than 60 lbs. and this was the first 5K she did any running intervals, and she was NOT that far behind me at all. So we booked it back the last bit of the race. I am trying to convince her to do this next one with me too πŸ™‚

Let’s talk food:

Pre-race: Coffee with stevia, almond milk, and a touch of TruWhip (it’s like Cool Whip but without the horrible ingredients), 1/4 cup oatmeal with 1/8 cup (extra) apple pie filling, and three Clif Shot Bloks with caffeine. I know it sounds like a lot, but really, it was the perfect amount. I chose the shot bloks because I wanted the caffeine (I usually have 2 cups of coffee a day) but I knew it would be too much in my stomach. Coffee and oatmeal was 2 hours before the race, the shot blok was about 20 minutes before. It worked!

Post-race: Some banana and water, and a mini Clif Bar. Seriously, where can I get the mini ones? I’ve never seen them in store. Let me know if you see them because I want to stock up! And more coffee. Come on.

Then we got onto the good stuff, THANKSGIVING!!!

On our menu:

  • Stuffed mushrooms with artichoke hearts, red onions, and goat cheese
  • Mixed green salad with dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, goat cheese, and a pomegranate vinaigrette.
  • Roasted turkey breast
  • Gluten free cornbread stuffing (one vegetarian, one not)
  • Sweet yam casserole (most likely the most caloric thing we had, my husband made it)
  • Smashed potatoes with almond milk and garlic
  • Mushroom gravy

And of course sparkling wine and apple pie with a oatmeal streusel topping. Amazing. I am working on the recipes for you all πŸ™‚

How was your Thanksgiving? Non-Americans (or non TG celebrators), how was your Thursday?

Shin update: It’s MAD I need to ice again today, but yeah, it’s not looking great, but I am choosing to ignore that right now.