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Thanksgiving Day - in pictures

Posted Nov 23 2012 5:08pm

As for us, we slept in and around 8am, Karel and I headed out for a fartlek run. Karel designed a great interval set for us and 9 miles later, our legs were ready for a windy "recovery" 1 hour bike ride.
The fartlek set was specific to pacing4 min @ half marathon pace (6:40 min/mile for me) w/ 2 min walk
2 min @ 10K pace (6:20 min/mile for me) w/ 1 min walk
1 min @ 5K pace (6 min/mile for me) w/ 30 sec walk
30 sec sprint (well - my body doesn't know how to sprint so I was excited to see 5:30-5:40 min/mile for 30 seconds on my garmin 910Xt).
4 min EZ walk/jog recovery, then repeat

The main set was 45 minutes and eventually we will work our way up to an hour of intervals,  with modifications as to the recovery and as we get closer to the IM, we will include longer intervals at a pace more specific to the long distance running. As for now, I am working super hard on my speed for the run so that when it is time to focus on tempo, my body will love the slower pace (thus a more efficient and stronger body).

After french toast and eggs for  breakfast, it was time to prepare my lentil loaf and broccoli slaw for my two contributions to our Thanksgiving dinner.
Lentil Loaf1/3 bag mixed bean mix (raw) and 1/2 bag lentils (raw) - soaked overnight
1/2 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
2 cups boca veggie meat
3 eggs (1 whole, 2 whites)
1 bag frozen onion, bell pepper mix
Marinara sauce
Panko bread crumbs
Shredded cheese - cabot sharp
Spices - oregano, onion, rosemary, tumeric

1. In crockpot, cook beans, bean mix, lentils, veggie meat and onion mix, covered with water. Cook for 6-8 hours on low heat.
2. Drain water and store in Tupperware container until ready for baking (I did this a day ahead of time for easy prep on Thanksgiving).
3. In casserole dish, press bean and lentil mix until 3/4ths full (you will likely have leftovers). Spoon marinara on top.
4. Scramble eggs and pour on top of marinara. Gently fold marinara and eggs into the mean mix.
5. Sprinkle a light layer of bread crumbs and season.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, covered.
7. Remove from oven and sprinkle w/ shredded cheese.

The homemade cranberries (prepared by my uncle) were made w/ sugar, fresh cranberries and orange juice.
We had a few other items on the table but none of them were vegetarian friendly so that means more for everyone else :) Thankfully, everyone enjoyed my slaw and lentil loaf.
My mom's homemade chocolate and mint bark creation with toasted almonds. This recipe can be found on the back of the Nestle Toll House Winter Limited Edition bag (dark chocolate and mint morsels).
Another of my mom's creations - apple and cranberry cobbler.

Campy's Thanksgiving plate. Consumed in less than 2 minutes.

Campy passed out early after enjoying his Thanksgiving feast.....perhaps this was a valuable lesson that we should all enjoy our "occasional" treats a few times during the year for they are best enjoyed when we "treat" ourselves for having good daily habits that keep us healthy and well, all year long.

As for today (Friday).......
What a great day for making more memories! Eight of us headed to the Tampa/Florida Aquarium for a few hours to visit with the creatures under the sea. As a lover of the water and for all creatures, I love any opportunity to be close to nature and the sea. Nemo and Dori say hello.

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