Thanksgiving this year was like none that I’ve ever experienced before. I decided two weeks ago to sign up for a 5k run on Thanksgiving morning, poignantly called the Albuquerque Turkey Trek, which is something that this chicky has never done before. I was so excited that I had committed myself to actually run in a race on what is supposed to be a lazy, food-filled day. But my excitement quickly turned to fear when I woke (at 4:30 am because I was so eager) to find that there was snow on the ground, and it was only 23 degrees outside!
I kept telling myself that it was only 3.1 miles, that I would be done in under a half an hour and could then get back to celebrating Thanksgiving, but I could still fill the nerves in the pit of my stomach. Lucas was my designated cheerleader and he really set me straight. He convinced me to look past the cold and to give this race my all.
Since I’m used to running longer distances he gave me a goal for this short run. Run, and run fast. I was given the goal to run the fastest three miles that I have ever run, and as a reward we would stop at Dunkin’ Donuts. SOLD!
Although there were moments when I wanted to quite, that I couldn’t breathe, that my nose was running profusely, I ran on. I could feel that my legs were hitting the pavement harder and faster than they ever have before. I predicted that I would finish in about 28 minutes, so you can imagine my surprise when I crossed the finish line in under 25 minutes! I had done it! I ran faster than I ever had before, and finished at an official time of 24:46! Where’s my donut!!
Mmm!! I had to try the pumpkin and gingerbread donuts!
It was time to then head home, get cleaned up and ready for some food and football! We went to Lucas’ parents for our holiday dinner and enjoyed lots of turkey, taters, stuffing, broccoli, and cranberry sauce. We were so engulfed in food, and the crazy Cowboys game, that I completely forgot to snap pictures. Boo! Hate when that happens.
I was responsible for the desserts (my favorite part) this year.
Of course with Thanksgiving you have to have pumpkin or pecan pie. Since I have a hard time deciding, I figured we’d do a twofer pie, courtesy of Dorie Greenspan. This pie is so amazing! It combines the best of both worlds. There’s a creamy pumpkin layer on the bottom, and top with a crunchy, caramely pecan pie.
Again, I apologize for the photos…they were taken after the feasting occurred
I also brought along something for the chocolate lovers. Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Tart is not for the faint of heart. This rich goodness packs a huge chocolate punch, because it’s the main ingredient, and is used in all parts of this recipe. The tart tastes like a silky piece of chocolate fudge. And this chocolate tart is actually my contribution to this weeks Christmas Cookie Countdown, because I would much rather make this in bar format and serve it as a smaller cookie bite.
I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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