How many men does it take to fry a turkey?

I have finally made it back to civilization! I spent my Thanksgiving out at my Cousin’s house in the country where there is no cell phone reception and very spotty internet service. It was nice to disconnect for a bit, but now I feel like I fell so far behind, so I’ve been spending most of today catching up on my internet life.

So here’s what has been going on for the last few days. Thanksgiving morning I got up early and walked down the street to participate in a local 10k fun run. It was a chilly 35 degrees but the weather quickly warmed up, especially after we started running. There were fitness challenges at each mile and I chose to try and do as many of them as I could. I started out too fast on the first mile so the 20 pushups were a bit challenging. During the second mile I was trying to keep up with one of the other runner’s so I was pushing pretty hard when we made it to the 20 jumping jacks. After that I had to slow down a bit and managed to do 10/15 burpees at mile 3. I got passed by a lot of people at this point and I was feeling pretty tired. That was when I decided to just skip the rest of the fitness challenges and try to make it back in one piece. Despite a foot cramp at mile 5, I finished in 1 hour 1 minute, which I was pretty proud of considering how bad I was feeling.

I headed back home to shower and grab my stuff so I could drive out to my Cousin’s house. I got there around 11:30 and was ready for lunch. I tried to eat something small since we were supposed to eat at 4pm. I also found these beauties waiting for me.

They were oh so delicious as evidenced by this only 12 hours after being opened.

There was some napping, football watching, and waiting for food during the hours of 12pm-6pm. Apparently, the turkey took longer than they expected so we didn’t end up eating until 6pm and I was past starving.

How many men does it take to fry a turkey?

Due to my desire to keep my stomach from eating itself, I scarfed down my plate full of goodies before I even thought about taking a picture.

Getting our grub on

Fixing our plates

I told my Dad he needs to be my official blog photographer since I didn’t have my camera with me and I forgot to snap a pic of my food. My Dad worked his magic and actually caught me before I devoured dessert to take a picture of the sweet deliciousness (minus one bite)

7up cake, caramel pound cake, and the best dessert in the world, peanut butter pie!

And then one of me about to swallow my fork whole (please excuse the awful hair, it had a long day)

I, of course, ate way too much and felt miserable for the rest of the night.

Friday morning we got up and sat around for a while waiting on our 10am breakfast call. After breakfast we decided to go to Walmart in the small town of Louisville, MS to see what kind of Black Friday deals there were. We figured with it being such a small town and waiting until after all the door buster deals were done, it wouldn’t be that bad. It wasn’t that crowded and the worst part was all of the merchandise taking up most of the floor space, so it was hard to navigate with a buggy. We found good deals on some Blu-Ray movies and I scored this awesome find:

These were $6 so I got one in red and one in dark grey. Once we got back, it was warm enough to get my one mile run in to continue my streak. I tried out my new red top and I absolutely loved it! This is what it looks like on:

After my one mile run, I was famished, so I went and ate some Thanksgiving leftovers and then joined in on the weekend entertainment.

Yes we are standing around watching a stump burn, we stood out there until dark keeping the fire going and enjoying the crisp fall day.

I tried to get some pictures of my Cousin’s pig Ellie because she is a behemoth! I never could get her to face me so here is the best shot I got.

Then I went out front and decided to do some hill training so I could eat more Thanksgiving leftovers for supper. I did one trip and called it a day, but it was fun to get some fresh air into my lungs.

Here is the spread of leftovers we had for supper:

Deviled eggs, gravy, green beans, corn, stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, ham, chicken and dumplings, corn casserole, black eyed peas, rolls, and homemade sourdough bread. yummy!

Then we spent the rest of the night laid out in front of the TV watching Duck Dynasty. This was my first time watching this show and it might become one of my new favorites, it is so funny!

Okay now that I have caught you up on my Thanksgiving,  I think my brain needs a break. Time to love on Daisy and get some rest before my long day tomorrow.

What did you do for Thanksgiving?

Did you get to spend time with your family?

Try any new and interesting foods?

 

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My first tempo run

On Tuesday morning I made the 4 hour drive home. Every time I make this trip, the colors of the trees get even prettier. Can’t wait to see them the next time I head back down to the coast.

After I got home I spent some quality time with Daisy, since she was stuck to me like glue for the rest of the day. I also caught up on some shows on the DVR. I watched Modern Family again because it is that funny and I always miss a few things the first time around.

I set my alarm to get up at 6:45am this morning so I could get in a couple of hours at the gym before the Commissary opened at 10:00. Daisy woke me up at 6:00 for food, so I fed her, turned off my alarm, and went back to sleep. Some days you just know that early morning gym session is not going to happen. I woke up at 8:30, ate breakfast, showered, and headed out to get some much needed groceries.

I ate lunch around noon and after letting that digest for a couple of hours I hit the road to try out my first ever tempo run. I did this one from active.com:

My half marathon pace is about a 9 min/mile so I planned on running 4 miles at that pace with a 1 mile warmup and cool down. When I started running my first mile, I felt like I was taking it slow, I even started talking to myself so I could judge my exertion based on the talk test.  Imagine my surprise when I hit mile one at 9:10, FAIL, I started out way too fast.

Once I started on my second mile, the wind was blowing against me and this made me run faster so I could reach the trees where the wind would stop hindering me. Mile 2 was an 8:27 pace, still running too fast, so I made a conscious effort to slow down. During my 3rd mile I started getting a strange pain in my upper calf and had to slow down even more. When I was getting close to hitting 3 miles I noticed that my pace was a 9:20 so I picked it up in hopes of getting my 9:00 minute pace (9:03). I pushed too hard and had to stop and walk for .20, but I was able to start running again and mile 4 was an 11:30 pace. By this point I figured my tempo run was shot so I just wanted to finish without walking again. I finished mile 5 at 9:07, finally a successful mile! My cool down mile was a 10:14, a lot better than my warmup mile.

Even though this tempo run wasn’t very successful, I did learn a lot from it.

#1. I might have been too ambitious for my first tempo run, I should have started with 2 miles instead of 4.

#2. My stomach needs longer than 2 hours to digest before a run.

#3. I need to learn to use my first mile as a warm up and not part of the tempo run, slow down!

I tried out my new Reebok compression socks on this run and I’m still undecided about them. My shins hurt during the first mile, which doesn’t usually happen. Then I had that weird pain in my upper calf about halfway through my run. Once that subsided, my legs felt great and when I got back from the run I didn’t have any soreness. I kept them on for after my run and my legs still felt great, but after I took them off and had a shower, I started to feel tightness in my calf muscles. I’m going to try them out again on my long run this weekend and see how I feel after that.

red faced and happy to be done

Have you ever tried a tempo run? How did it go?

Are you a morning, afternoon, or night runner?

 

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