More cake, please.

When I blogged about my, um, detour last weekend, I’m sure many of you were like, “Oh my god, what an idiot! How could Megan just miss the turn off for the half marathon?!?” Well, people, I have proof that it was a bizarre last mile.

Oh, look – I am running completely alone. I mean, WTF, weren’t 25,000+ people signed up for this race? Where is everyone? I don’t even remember many spectators or volunteers at the finish line. I guess a lot more people ran the full 26.2 miles and not too many of them were finishing in 90 some minutes. Anyway, I still made a stupid mistake, but I feel a little less bad when I look at how empty the course was.

I wish there was a thought bubble above my head in this photo. I was pissed.

Anyway! Moving on! On Wednesday, I ran for the first time post-race and felt alright. A little creaky and sore, but I kept it relaxed for about 4 miles. And then Thursday morning, I hit the road for a very hilly 7-mile run near my Dad’s place. I finished in 58:36, with the last mile in 7:37. I wore the Garmin for the first time in a long time and was pleasantly surprised to see that I was not as slow as molasses. On regular run days, I just always assume I’m clocking 9:00 pace or so.

This was a delightful run.

I was a little bit bummed that I wasn’t running a turkey trot this year, so I challenged my cow-friends to a race. However, they just looked at me like I was crazy and continued eating grass. Pshh, whatever, they were just intimidated. I would have crushed them.ย I mean, have you seen my calf muscles?

There was more outdoor fun later in the afternoon when Dad and drove up and over a Mountain to check out some waterfalls. I had to climb down very slippery rocks to get to the falls and the city girl in me was crying inside (where were the handrails and/or escalators?!).

Luckily, I didn’t fall (or drop my iphone in the water). Although I do “know a guy” in case that happens again…I call him the iphone whisperer.

There’s also a lake nearby that I’d like to do a long run around sometime. It has about 4-5 miles of dirt trails circling the lake and it’s almost at 4,000 ft. If I could put in some hilly miles at this elevation before Boston, I’d be a beast once I arrive at the starting line in Hopkinton. Think my boss would be cool with giving me oh, the entire month of March off to train?

We’ve also been partaking in indoor activities, such eating, napping, more eating, and a visit to the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia to see A Christmas Carol. This theater has a really cool history – it was founded in during the depression when people in the area had a surplus of produce, but not so much money. A group of hungry, out-of-work New York actors came down to Appalachia and began performing. The cost of admission? 35 cents OR the equivalent amount in produce or food, hence the name “barter theater”.

We ate pre-Thanksgiving dinner at Five Guys Burgers & Fries and it was messy, greasy, and awesome. Well, hey, at least I ordered my burger with all the vegetables…

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And later that evening? More cake, obviously.

My first thought: Oh my, I will never be able to eat this whole plate of ice cream and cake.

4 1/2 minutes later: Seconds, please.

8 minutes after that: I kind of really want another piece…

Somehow through a combination of running and a love of vegetables, I do not have diabetes.

Thanksgiving dinner probably looked like everyone else’s dinner, but I’m going to post a photo anyway. My Dad also made a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty from his childhood (I think?). It’s called Cope’s Corn. He has his own method that involves an extra egg and a little less milk than what the original directions call for. Basically, you add dried corn to a mixture of melted butter, eggs, and a little sugar and salt. Then you let it soak for about 20 minutes. Pour into a well-buttered casserole dish, add more milk, and bake for 60 minutes. The result? A sort-of corn pudding/custard thing. It’s good, trust me.

Round 1.

I’m headed back to NYC today and I’m really going to miss the mountains and the fresh air and let’s be honest, the cake….BUT, I have a lot of fun things coming up in the next few weeks and even though I’m a winter-hater, I’m actually finding myself sort of in the holiday spirit.

What was the best thing you ate over the Thanksgiving holiday? A family specialty? A pie that you won in a turkey trot? Do tell.

  • love the pictures from the countryside! and that you raced the cows. oh, megan. i think you need to get back to the city STAT.

    best thing i ate yesterday? eggplant rollatini. and the antipasti platter with super fresh mozzarella. love italian thanksgiving.

    your dad’s corn pie sort of looks like BT’s grandma’s famous potato pie, which is basically mashed potatoes mixed with cream, mozzarella, and other rich things and then baked in a casserole pan. it’s super rich but damn good.

  • Anonymous

    It looks so pretty there! And wow, cows are something we never see on the run in Central Park. I would have ย been scurrred they would charge me or something irrational like that. Your dinner looks delish, especially your dad’s corn thing. Yum. I think the best thing I ate was the turkey or mashed sweet potatoes. And I’m glad I’ve got lots of leftovers! Safe travels back to NYC!

  • Meggie

    That’s so strange because usually there are more ppl for the half than the full!

    My face thing we have at the holidays is creole peas…it’s like bell pepper, celery, stewed tomatoes, peas, bacon, hard boiled egg, and ritz crackers. My sister, mom, and I fight over every last serving.

    Let’s bothngo down to Tennessee to train! So many hills, so much leg strength to be gained!

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous pictures from your outdoor adventures!! When we were hiking Mt Rainier in July I felt the same way about some of the trails. Where are the handrails?!?! I probably looked ridiculous.

  • Not that I doubted your story of being alone but wow – I’ve never seen a half finish line that is so empty!! How weird! Were there less people in the half this year? Or were you just among the top finishers? (I’m guessing that’s more likely)

    I’m glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! It looks so beautiful where your dad lives! I wouldn’t mind seeing those views on my runs everyday. And yes, training on those hills would get you into amazing shape for Boston. Hopefully your boss will understand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Not sure who has better calves, you or the cows.

    *ba-doom crash* thanks folks, autographs after the show!

  • Also I LOL’ed at the iPhone whisperer reference. So true!

  • Your dinner looks delish. Is that a biscuit? Yum!
    I PR’d at my Turkey Trot 10K yesterday…I wish there had been a pie prize!

  • Your pictures look so beautiful! They remind me of the place in West Virginia where I volunteered over spring break with a group from my school. I love the mountains.ย 
    It’s a thanksgiving tradition for me to make these triple chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies for my family dinner: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Triple-Chocolate-Cranberry-Oatmeal-Cookies-231316. I make half with cranberries and half without because a high proportion of my family doesn’t eat fruit and vegetables unless coerced. (Thankfully, I’m not in that category!)

  • Anonymous

    hahaha, that sounds like MY family. i am surprised they haven’t succumbed to scurvy yet…

  • Alma

    Glad to see you had so much fun in Appalachia! ย My mom made some roasted butternut squash with shallots that was just out of this world, mmm. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

  • No worries about the wrong turn!! I have definitely done that before too, and ended up running 17-miles instead of 13.1…it was a little local race, but I was still pretty upset so I totally see where you’re coming from! you will compete in SO MANY MORE races and at least you wont make the same mistake twice! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you’re having a great weekend!
    xoxo!

  • Vigibson

    1st, sorry about the wrong turn of the race, but you still did awesome!! That happened to me once in college xc. I went from 3rd place to the back of the pack cause we (1st 10 people) were told to go the wrong way!!! I tried to get back up front, but I ended up like 10th. The problem was they had teenagers guiding the way. Anyways, that’s so cool you went to the Barter Theater. I’ve been there alot growing up due to field trips. Oh, and I love the “corn pudding”. We had that this yr as well, but we call it Scobys corn cause a a restaurant named Scoby’s was the 1st time we ever had it. The best thing I had on Thanksgiving was the pumpkin cheesecake! I’ve ate over half the cheesecake by myself since Thanksgiving. Yikes!! Thankful I can run a little bit of it off.

  • haha i often think the same thing about me–how do i not have diabetes? i would live on veggies and dessert if i could though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Matt

    I just need to say that I absolutely love your hilly run picture… It’s a lovely photo of a quiet, sunny road that is telling you what I nice run you’ll have down it!! All the best.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚