Thanksgiving Weekend: Run Challenges, Football, Food, and Fun!

I’m still enjoying Thanksgiving weekend!  Yes, it lasts a whole weekend around here.  I love Thanksgiving because it signals the beginning of the Holiday Season, and I like to take my time and enjoy it.    
It helps that I had almost all of the Christmas stuff done already.  (I know this is a big, huge issue, for some. I don’t care to debate the issue one way or the other.  You do your thing and I’ll do mine).  There are several reasons we decorate early, but the biggest most important reason is…having it all done early means I actually get to enjoy Thanksgiving!  It doesn’t feel rushed or crazy at all.  I can spend the morning turkey trotting and cooking and not think about what all needs to be done when we get home from stuffing ourselves.  It’s all done, I can focus on being thankful and spending time with family and friends, the whole weekend, and not have a Christmas to do list to check off. 
It frees me up for things I enjoy doing as well like taking Sky to story time, watching football, sneaking off to a late movie last night, and of course running!  
I finished both November running challenges with miles to spare!!!  Got the last 4 in yesterday!  I felt all the food and wine from the last few days, it was a hard run, but I stayed at or below goal pace, and even heard someone say, “Get the dog out of the way that runner is going so fast that he may trip her”…first time I have ever been accused of being a fast runner!!!
A few Turkey Trot pictures from the camera and other pictures from our weekend…
 Ornery face. 

 Grandpa and Sky…and I wanted to point out that Sky was rocking her adidas track outfit for the race!

Went right up to the water table after crossing the finish line!

Watching Polar Express for the first time!

 Playing while waiting for Elf On The Shelf story time to start.
Big, huge step this weekend!!!  No more crib.  After months and months of the toddler bed being in her room with the crib and talking about sleeping in it, and her refusing to sleep in it, we made the switch.  We eliminated the crib as an option and gave her no choice, and it worked!!!  Bed and nap time have been very smooth, with great sleep taking place.  No attempts to get out of bed until we go and get her, which is amazing!!!  
Playing at the park.

Snuggled in and warm in Daddy’s truck.

Today is nothing but football all day long!!!  Have I mentioned that I LOVE football Sunday’s?!  The only upside to the Steelers losing Thursday night is that today is stress free football viewing!  I don’t care who wins any of the games, I just get to watch and enjoy.  
Enjoy your Sunday!!!


We Turkey Trotted!

The highlight of my Turkey Day was running Sky’s first race with her!  Mark and I were all grins as we ran alongside her!  A big Thank You to the Beckham family for taking time out of their Thanksgiving morning to come watch Sky run, and to Grandpa for getting up at 3am, driving 4’ish hours over the pass (and 4’ish hours to get back home) to see Sky run for all of about 11 minutes.  It meant a lot to all three of us to have all of you there!    

If you follow on Instagram or FB then these pics are old news, but I’m going to share them here anyway.  A cute little in-race story…There was a lady and two little girls running behind us the whole way, and at different points one of both of the little girls was crying (more like wailing) and Sky was so worried about them.  She kept stopping and turning around to see if they were ok and looking at Mark and I with the most worried look on her face I have ever seen.  It was pretty distracting, but cute to see her concern at the same time.

  Dressed and waiting to go “run, run”. 

 A bit of a form issue with that leg kicking out.  😉

 She is this happy every single time she runs! 

Running her little heart out.  

It ended up working better for me to be a few steps ahead of her to keep her going in the right direction. She stopped a few times wanting Mark to give her the “Ready, Set, Go” count down before she would start again.  
All the little kiddos were so adorably cute!  I usually cross the finish line of my distance and then head out, so have never seen a tot race before, I’m really glad I got to see all the cuteness!  

We wrapped the day up with Mark’s family watching football and eating lot’s of yummy food.  I did something wrong though, because after we got home I was hungry again.  Clearly should have gone back for seconds!  It actually felt good to eat a little of everything, but not feel stuffed.  
After Sky was in bed and Mark was relaxing I headed to Target to get Christmas PJ’s.  I know there are strong opinions out there about stores being open Thanksgiving evening, but I have to say it was nice to do it last night, and be able to sleep in this morning and hang out with my babe and baby instead of getting up early and shopping.   
I toyed with the idea of getting my run in during Sky’s nap today, but I had enough wine after shopping last night, that I feel a bit blah.  So, I’m drinking lot’s of water and will get the last of my miles in tomorrow to meet both the 30 Miles in 30 Day’s challenge (met that one early last week) and the Pile On The Miles challenge (need 4 miles tomorrow to reach it)!  
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the rest of the long weekend!!!
What was you favorite food from yesterday?

What’s your plan to get back on track food wise after a day of indulgence?  

Thankful Thursday – A Day Early & Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing!

I plan on unplugging tomorrow, from blogging anyway, so am doing my Thankful Thursday post today.  It seems wrong to skip it since it is Thanksgiving!

I can’t totally unplug though because this is happening tomorrow….

…Sky’s very first race shirt!!!  Her running career (no matter if this is one and done, or she goes on to win Olympic Gold) starts with her very first race tomorrow.  Yep it’s only a 1K, and I’m probably more excited than I should be, but I can’t help it.  Sky and I have so many good running memories together, and every day she tells me that she loves running.  So, yep I’m exited and I will not be able to keep myself from posting pics at some point tomorrow.  May not be here on the blog, but will be on Instagram and/or Facebook.  Follow me there for all the fun!  (Instagram link is to the right).

Things I’m Thankful For Big and Small:

-For the person ahead of me at Starbucks yesterday who paid for my order!

-That I got to test run the new adidas Glide Boost last night on the group run.  (I’m working on a blog post all about it and the Energy Boost, keep an eye out)!

-That I survived the run last night and this morning.  My lungs didn’t love it, and I felt slow and sluggish, but I got it done and feel better today!

-The amazing beautiful sun and warmth for today’s stroller run!

-That someone thought Mark and I would be the perfect parents for their baby.  We are not perfect by the way, just perfect for Sky, and she is perfect for us.

-For my babe and my baby.  The two people I love the most in the world.  It’s pretty amazing I get to walk through life with them beside me!

-For the family I was born into, the family I married into, and the family I have chosen to surround myself with.  I have some amazing people in my life and I’m thankful for each and every one of them.

-Fleet Feet Tacoma and all the opportunity and people it has added to my life.  Who knew a running store would end up being such in important part of my life, and Sky’s life.  I’m thankful for the personal growth, my growth/improvement as a runner, the new friends I have made, and that Sky is always welcome.  Every Wednesday on the way to the Stroller run she talks about who she gets to see, and how “super, duper excited” she is to run.

-For my amazing life.  There have been twists and turns I did not expect or even think I wanted.  But, I wouldn’t change a thing!  I’m exactly where I was meant to be and I’m happy being here!

And, I can’t not post a Thanksgiving recipes.  No pictures though because I haven’t made it yet, but this is my contribution to tomorrow’s feast.    I have made it several times before and everyone always loves it!

Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing
Serves 8, Prep 1 HR, Bake 1 HR

2 Large Leeks, white and green parts separated and well rinsed
4 1/2 cups chicken of vegetable broth
2 cups wild and whole grain rice mix
7 Tbsp butter – (I will be using coconut oil so it’s both GF and Dairy free for Mark).
salt and pepper
3/4 cups sliced almonds
1 lb mixed sliced mushrooms (such as cremini, oyster, morels, shiitake)
1/2 cup dried currants
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
3/4 tsp ground allspice

1.  In a large saucepan, combine the leek greens, chicken broth, rice mix, 2 tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp salt.  Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the rice is cooked, about 50 minutes.  Discard the leek greens and scrape the rice mixture (including any liquid) into a large bowl.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until toasted, about 8 minutes.  Add to the rice.

3.  Meanwhile, chop the leek whites.  In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat.  Add the leek whites and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to the rice.  Melt the remaining 3 tbsp butter in the skillet and add the mushrooms.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, about 12 minutes.  Scrape into the bowl with the rice and add the currents, parsley, lemon zest, allspice, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Mix well and transfer to the greased baking dish, patting the stuffing down.  Cover with greased foil and bake until hot, about 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Who else is running a Turkey Trot? 

What is your go to stuffing recipe?  

Who’s watching football tomorrow…who do you pick to win?

Detroit vs Green Bay – Detroit

Dallas vs Oakland – Dallas

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore – Do you really need to me to even say?  Pittsburgh all the way!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you enjoy the food, family, running, and fun!