Thanksgiving Turkey Trot + Recent Eats

A little late, but I wanted to pop in and give an update on my recovery and yes I did run a Turkey Trot last week and no I did not think it was a good idea, but I did it despite my best judgement.

Thanksgiving morning began early with my usual sprouted grain english muffin smothered in peanut butter and a banana. This trot was again a family affair! My mom, dad, sister, and her boyfriend all ran! I love that this has become an annual tradition. My family does not run/race so this is usually the only race they do. It gets them to increase their workouts the months prior so I am so happy that they continue to agree to do this with me. Although there are usually moans and groans prior to the run, everyone is cheerful and happy after!

We ran the McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice 5K. It has a real hometown feel, no frills which is nice. They also actually award prize money to the top two male and female finishers, which is rare and they allow dogs! In addition, they have great raffles that everyone is entered in. So much goodness!

I honestly didn’t know if I was going to walk, slow run, or run this until the race started. I decided to take it very easy and stay with my sister and her boyfriend, it was pretty chilly and I did no warm-up. I also hadn’t run whatsoever since the marathon. We hit the first mile mark and I was loving running again! I was so happy that I just kept going and progressively sped up ’til the end.

It was a beautiful morning and I really missed running. I was all smiles. But, I should have walked because I am sure this run has set me back. I did not feel 100%. My left hamstring and back of the knee were hurting, especially on the downhills. And I am definitely losing my running fitness…throat and chest were burning towards the end.

The whole fam finished and did awesome! Hopefully we continue to run every year because it really starts the day off right.


On our way home we grabbed Starbucks, hello first peppermint mocha of the season! After showering up it was time to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. This is one of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving. I love seeing the big turkey, The Rockettes, and Santa at the end. Seeing Santa officially marks the beginning of the Christmas season…before that no.

We spent the rest of Thanksgiving at my Aunts and my Grandparent’s were in town too! So, my whole Mom’s side was together. It was nice and the food was yummy! We ate at 4 and I was starving.




Combined Thanksgiving calls for two turkeys. My Aunt made some delicious sides. She made a salad with strawberries, oranges, and jicama. A roasted brussels spouts dish with squash, scallions, and small onions (all from her garden!). And my favorite, the sweet potatoes, but I don’t know how she prepared it.

Then dessert! My favorite. I am a HUGE pumpkin pie fan.


I had a small slice of pumpkin and apple. My sister made both of the pies plus two more, all from scratch! Yum, yum.

It was a great evening, spending time with family.

My best friend was in town as well so I spent tons of time with her over the weekend.

Here are a few other recent eats that I have been yumming on.


Cinnamon Maple Syrup Pumpkin Seeds paired with Air Popped Popcorn


Dark Chocolate Oat Pumpkin Bars


Thank you whole foods for this lunch. Veggie “sushi” and a bottle fun of cold pressed veggie juice – if you haven’t tried this before, it makes you feel like a million bucks :)


Oatmeal with ground flax, chia seeds, peanut butter, and a banana. I have been making this often for lunch. So good!

I am currently still taking it easy. I have swam a handful of times and lots of strength exercises. This weekend I’m heading up to Wisconsin to visit my best friend and go skiing!

Have a good one!

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