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Crab Legs, A Windy Beach, And Making Our Own Turkey Trot

Posted Nov 25 2012 7:09am

***Disclaimer!  I wrote this a few days ago but didn’t have internet and was unable to post it!  So here is it- better late than never!

Hello from sunny Florida!  I’m writing this in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday.  I didn’t get up early this morning to go shopping… I totally got up early so I could have first dibs on leftover pie.  Apples are fruit and so apple pie for breakfast is super healthy;-)

Kyle and I arrived in Florida Wednesday afternoon and immediately Kyle wanted to go to the beach.  My dad lives about 1.5 miles from the beach so it’s not difficult to walk there and back.  Dad decided to drop us off at the beach on his way to run errands.  Even though the sun was shining, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the temperature read 73 degrees, I was freezing!!!!!! The wind coming off the ocean was COLD and every time a breeze blew by me, I got goosebumps all over!  Kyle on the other hand, felt super warm and was content to sunbathe all afternoon.  I wish I had taken a picture of me on the beach chair wrapped up in towels like a cocoon.

Luckily, I warmed up on our walk home.  My dad (being the most awesome dad ever) picked up fresh Sarasota crab claws at the local fish market as well as some snapper to have for dinner.

I can’t tell you the last time I had crab claws.  I certainly haven’t had ones that fresh (the fish market owner said they were caught that day).  We baked them in the oven and served them with loads of butter, broccoli, and a little bit of snapper on the side.  Welcome to Florida!

Dad enjoying his crab!

The next day was Thanksgiving and although we had lots of cooking to do, I really wanted to get in a good run.  Kyle and I had talked about doing the ‘Turkey Trot’ in southern Indiana before we knew we were going to go to Florida.  Stupid me didn’t even think to look and see if there were any Thanksgiving Day races in Sarasota!  So we missed the boat on the Sarasota Turkey Trot 5k or 10k.  But have no fear! We just decided to run our own 10k!  I figured we could run to the beach and along the beach road for 3 miles, then turn around and come back for a nice 6-mile run.


This wasn’t quite the end of the run. We walked some, ran some, stopped to take pictures, so not an overall bad pace!

It was the perfect day to run- sunny, kind of chilly, and running on the beach is just way better than running anywhere else.  We mostly ran, walked a bit, stopped for a photo op, and made it home in a little over an hour.  My phone GPS failed me because we turned around at exactly 3 miles but finished with only 5.75 miles.  Where those extra .25 miles went, I’ll never know.

Then we got cookin!  I’ll spare you the thanksgiving day food pictures since I think everyone knows what turkey and mashed potatoes look like.  I will say, my dad made his famous wild-rice stuffing along with the turkey and both turned out perfectly.  I made green beans with caramelized onions, walnuts and a balsamic glaze (recipe coming soon- this side dish was delicious and you could have it any time, not just Thanksgiving).  I also made a winter citrus salad that I loved- it had escarole, radicchio, endive, oranges, grapefruit, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds (we couldn’t find a pomegranate so we subbed blueberries instead and it was delicious).

Did you get in a workout on Thanksgiving?

Do you make any special dishes?  Do you make some non-traditional items?  I wanna hear your menus!!

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