Working retail has given me a perspective on people that I am immensely thankful for. While you might think (and hope) people are kinder around the holidays, sometimes it’s the complete opposite.
Serving impatient and sometimes unkind people has made me more compassionate, more understanding, and more willing to help others. I am thankful for this perspective because heaven forbid I loose my shit when a coffee shop runs out of cookies. OK so I kind of understand…
I’ve worked the morning coffee crowd the last two Thanksgivings, so this year I was excited to have the entire day off. This meant I could participate in my first Turkey Trot. What kind of runners trots were you thinking?
I dragged my family with me at 6:45 am to come stand in 30 degree weather while I ran 6.2 miles. The course was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and the hills kept me warm despite the cold temps.
I didn’t see any other runners wearing Vibram’s, but I saw enough spit on the ground to worry about my feet catching hepatitis. I didn’t verbalize any goals, but secretly I wanted to beat my previous “official” 10K PR, and finish in under an hour.
Turned out despite my lack of running lately I not only accomplished this, but I had plenty of wiggle room. 6.2 miles in 58 minutes and 11 seconds, plus an extra .07 miles due to spastic running tendencies.
Post trot shenanigans I found my way into the kitchen to prep for the feast.
What does a dairy, and meat free Thanksgiving look like? It looks like real food. I find great joy in making feasts from scratch. Everything was homemade, from the love of my fingertips. Like a wizard.
Then of course, the real reason I ran…my version of pumpkin pie.
With a full belly, and a happy heart it’s safe to say my Thanksgiving was fantastic.
Q: How was your Thanksgiving?
50 thoughts on “Runners Trots”
Congrats on crushing that run girl!! And can I just say, big high five to your family for coming out super early to support you like that. What a wonderful feeling that must be.
And your plate? I die. It looks utterly perfect!! Of course I don’t eat like you in terms of meatless and dairy free, but I would have totally been satisfied with that Thanksgiving Day plate! I’m not a big Turkey Day feaster, I tend to get my fill on the veggies and cheese platter 😉
My mom and sisters are troopers man, they are the best!
Wow! You nailed it! Great job on your run! Your food looks so yummy too! Woohoo!
Hahahah runners trots… love that. Definitely had me fooled for a second. I eat the most atypical thanksgiving dinner (aka potatoes, popovers, and green beans. that’s it. Oh, and oreo pie…) and it works for me. I don’t love most traditional thanksgiving foods but because everyone deserves to enjoy the holiday, I eat what I want. Maybe next year I’ll give the turkey trot another chance… maybe. The cold weather isn’t all that appealing though ha
Hey man, you gotta eat what you want to eat! I hear you about the cold though…I always question why I choose winter races, until I’m done. HA.
Glad u had a good thanksgiving! 🙂 I did a turkey trot last year and my running pants kept rolling down- haha it was so annoying!!! I don’t wear those to run in anymore- lol! All the food looks sooo yummy!!! 🙂
Yay for the PR!
And that food….mmmmm! 🙂 What are the biscuity looking things?
The lentil sage loaf!
Diane @ Life of Di.
Marty and I ran in a Turkey Trot, too! We were fortunate to be able to leave Charlotte with our neighbor so we could both run. The race was five miles – much harder than I expected. I made it to three and then had to walk run the final two. I switched off every 100 steps. I was really discouraged by this but then Marty reminded me that my Couch to 5K app only had me running 28 minutes straight this past week so at least I’m align with that goal 🙂
Your Thanksgiving food looks delicious by the way! We had a great one – can you believe I only had one small slice of pie…who am I?!
Way to get the five miles done! If I take too much time off running I totally feel it, so I understand completely!
I had….three slices of pie. OYE.
Diane @ Life of Di.
I’m hoping to track down a pumpkin pie this week. I need a fix. I actually may make the one you’ve posted. I think I have the majority of ingredients!
Great job on your 10k run! The meal looked delicious!
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Thank you! 🙂
yay for having the holiday off finally, and for a great run! i was running a 10K a few hours before you that morning. so glad you had such a lovely day.
As a Canadian, I had thanksgiving in October, but yours looks AHmazing. 🙂
I’m glad to hear your run went well and that pie looks beyond yummy!
Good race! PRs are the best. Your Thanksgiving meal looks great– I’ve seen a few of those meatless loaf type entrees, and I’m interested by them. They look tasty. 🙂
I prefer this one made by a company called Field Roast because they don’t use a ton of soy. They use vegetables and wheat with spices and it treats my tummy better. 🙂
Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian
Nice job on the turkey trot! As a vegetarian myself, my T-day dinner was overwhelmingly green and vegetable-oriented. It was delicious!
Great job on the trot! I’m kinda jealous… of your ability to participate in a Turkey Trot, and of your delicious looking dinner! I had the privilege of a dine-n-dash before having to work.
AMEN sister, I’m so happy to see that you made your version and loved it all the same as the other treats, this thanksgiving we went out of State and I brought paleo cookies I made and so thoroughly enjoyed and honestly didn’t want any of the other treats I simply craved those cookies!
Lindsay @ A Runnaroundd Life
Great run!! Turkey trots are so fun 😀 And hello your eats look awesome. I appreciate how you find what works for your body and stick to it. I’m in that process now–really listening to what each food “feels” like and tweaking based on that.
Awesome thanksgiving! Way to go on your 10k PB and what a perfect way to top off the day with a delicious dinner and pie, of course 🙂
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Way to kill that run, lady! It was just another day for us up here in Canadaland, but I did manage to coax my family into putting up the Christmas decorations this weekend, so my “Thanksgiving” was filled with that and lots of baking. I’ll take it!
Arman @ thebigmansworld
Nice run poppet! Although, if your a wizard, can I be the witch with a B?
You betchur sweet ass you can. Sassy betch.
Real food does look damn sexy and you killed that run. Vanilla Gorilla status to you too my dear.
Way to go on the new PR! It must have been so nice to have the entire day off (:
I had a wonderful weekend with my sis…there was some proposal writing here and there, but mostly it was food, shopping, movies, and beautiful Orange County….man I wish it was still Thanksgiving weekend!! Haha.
Nice run my dear. Way to make it sound easy. Food looks delicious as always. I’m getting hungry again and I thought I was all done with Turkey Day food….
Lauren | Just a Pinch
Nice work in beating your PR! Was the race in Seattle? My favorite quote from this post: “What does a dairy, and meat free Thanksgiving look like? It looks like real food.”
Yahooo thanks!! This run was in Gig Harbor, my first time running around that area. It was great! I just laughed out loud at your **drops mic** comment. HA!
Love your Vibram’s! I’m intrigued but scared to try them…one of these days! 🙂
I adore them! I admit colder weather running is tough in them and I am debating buying regular runners again just for that, but otherwise I run in nothing else! They aren’t for everyone though, so I’d def suggest trying them on first!
Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
Congrats on the PR!! Your Thanksgiving eats look yummy!
Congrats on that time, a fab run and having an awesome family!!! I hope your feet didn’t catch hepatitis, ha!
That meal looks fantastic and that pumpkin pie even more so…even if it is 3 years old haha! 🙂
My brother – he’s vegan – would have LOVED your Thanksgiving feast!! 🙂 (And I have a feeling I would have too… It looks delicious).
I’ve yet to do a Turkey Trot, but I would love to one day. How fun to run before the Thanksgiving food comes out. 🙂
Congrats!! This is so exciting!! …and oh my word, you are seriously so amazing! I hear ya on eating REAL food for thanksgiving! I’m gluten, dairy and soy free… so my dinner was loaded with real veggies and super yummy eats. Besides, sweet potatoes are amazing!!
Sweet potatoes with almond butter and blueberries…then baked. LIFE CHANGING!
GiGi Eats Celebrities
BAHHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
You know what I am thinking.
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Hahah that totally wasn’t what I was thinking what I saw runners trots.
Well done on the run though 🙂
I’m glad you didn’t have to work on Thanksgiving this year! Yay for Turkey Trots!! I am going to check out that pumpkin pie recipe right now…!
My T-Giv was great, too! I’m bummed it’s over buuut we are still enjoying leftovers and it’s now Christmas time, so I’m pretty happy 🙂
Mm your plate looks delicious! Cheers for rockin’ that race!! My Thanksgiving was good, got a little tiny run in and felt ready to tackle the food!
Aw wow! This looks like so much fun!! 😀
The Vegan 8
Way to go on the race girlfriend and oh my I want your feast now! Sucks that people are rude to you during the holidays…or anytime for that matter…people should realize being kind tends to work better!
What some people don’t know is that I can be quite gruff, HAHA. I don’t put up with the attitudes, I just can’t. 😉
Christina Does It All
I love food runs! And omg you are totally a food wizard. And goddess.
Still a Runner
a big congrats on the 10K PR. Food plate looks so delicious.
Rach @ This Italian Family
Aww what a great Thanksgiving! Go you on the race! You’re a rockstar! And hooray for real food. You are quite the wizard! 🙂
Also, I’m sorry for every rude person you’ve had to deal with. Lately I’ve spent a lot of time working at Starbucks because I focus better there (I get more photo editing done when I’m not being distracted by all the things I could be doing around my house) and I’ve been really shocked at how some people treat the staff there. It definitely makes me want to go out of my way to be extra kind to help make up for it in a little way.
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
Congrats on the PR! I know what you mean about working retail and seeing peoples rude sides. Its absolutely ridiculous. Karma though. Karma. Your “turkey” looks pretty good! I’d love for you to cook me a meal with those wizard hands!