Turkey Day Thankful

Happy almost Thanksgiving! I really appreciated all of your comments and support about last weekend’s race. I was feeling pretty crappy on Sunday night, but as always, writing it all down for the blog was cathartic. After one day of work (Monday), I headed down to the South to spend Thanksgiving week with my Dad. I’m not going to tell you exactly where because hey, some of you might be stalkers, but I will tell you that there are many roadside crosses and confederate flags. There is also a lot of delicious food. If my step mom is going to feed me homemade cornbread and chicken salad and chocolate cake, well I just can’t refuse!

Speaking of holiday food, I made some pumpkin chocolate chip scones the other day. They would make a perfect Thanksgiving Day breakfast…

I’ve had so-so results with baking scones in the past, but these are A+. Make them and then eat ’em warm with butter. Yum.

Pumpkin chocolate chip scones (based on a King Arthur Flour recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash ground ginger
  • dash ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • coarse white sparkling sugar, for topping

Check out the original recipe on the KAF website for dough prep and baking directions – they describe it better than I can!

I’m sure there will be 800 other blog posts with the same theme this week, but I think it’s important for me to take a breather every once in awhile and take stock of all that I have to be thankful for. Since the race debacle on Sunday, I’ve really tried to take a step back and focus on what I do have rather than what I don’t. So here we go…

1) I am thankful for my family. For cheering me on in all sorts of ways, supporting my decisions, and simply giving their love. No one’s family is perfect (no one’s!), but I am very very grateful for never feeling pressure to be anyone other than my self.

“So, you want to be an art history major? Study Italian? Move to Harlem? Break up with your boyfriend? Spend all your money on running shoes? Have a second piece of cake?” “Go for it!”, they said. Even if the decisions I made haven’t always been the best ones, they’ve always been my own. And I’m so glad that my family has never second guessed my (adult) decisions or pushed me to do things I didn’t want to do.


2) I am thankful for a healthy body. I don’t always take the best care of it (I’m looking at you late nights at the bar and cupcakes for dinner…), but it allows me to run pretty fast when I ask it to, schlep up and down subway steps, and carry groceries to my 4th floor walk-up. Also, I haven’t even had so much as a cold since last winter. (Although now I’ve surely jinxed myself!)

3) I am thankful for my new neighborhood and apartment. I’m happier here than I’ve been in any of my previous 4 years in New York City. Brooklyn FTW. Now, if only all of my friends could move within a 1/2 mile radius…

4) I am thankful for my running buddies. I would only run half as many miles without them. They prevent me from hitting the snooze button, help me to shake off work day stress, push me to become faster, and listen to me talk for hours about tempo runs, goal marathon pace, and next year’s races.

Fact: I love Brooklyn. Also Fact: I miss running in Central Park A LOT.

*Photo borrowed from Ali’s blog!

5) I am thankful for my internet friends. Seriously. For a good year+ after I moved to New York, I had about 3 friends. And all of them were from college.  I felt isolated and lonely and wasn’t even sure I wanted to be living in New York. But then…I started the blog. And joined twitter. And from there, I’ve made dozens of local (and not so local) friends that I’m so grateful for. Sure, we “met on the internet”, but as Leslie so wisely said – if people can meet their husbands and wives online, well, we can meet our friends there.

Yup, met most of these girls through the internetz.

And these ones too…

6) I am thankful for this ground-breaking lady runner. As a woman, I can run 3ks on the track, 5ks on the road, or ultras on trails without anyone blinking an eye, but it wasn’t always that way.

I cannot even imagine what this must have been like…

“I ran an indoor track meet in Boston in 1962. At the meet, one of the top women’s AAU officials came up to me. She said to me, ‘You shouldn’t run distance races. See Sally down there? She used to be so pretty.” – Julia Chase Brand

7) On a less serious note, I am also thankful for whole milk cappuccinos and french press coffee, good beer (or just some cold PBR), crisp and salty french fries, watching the sunrise while I run, giant salads from Chopt and Just Salad, ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery, g-chat conversations that help pass the work day, books (especially if they’re free from the library!), black eyeliner, pedicures (even if my runner’s feet are gross), and my new Frye boots. Totally worth every penny that I spent on them.

So tell me, what are you thankful for this year?

  • I just got new Frye boots too and I agree they are well worth the money!  AND I agree about Brooklyn bc I just moved there too!

  • Hmm – I’m thankful that I’ve always gotten to do what I’ve wanted to do and have great people in my life. I always feel very lucky. 

    For random things I’m thankful for good advice, for people not minding if I ask them tons of questions (esp running ones), for choc + pb puffins, bic bands, my believe I am journal, my planner, babysitting, essie nail polish, being home right now, frosting (>> cake), cookie dough, just salad (order every day), iced coffee…

  • love this. i too feel that having supportive parents – despite their faults and my belief that their support isn’t always, um, correct – has been my savior. coming from a loving family/ upbringing truly makes life and all of its ups and downs tolerable (as corny as it sounds).

    this year i’m thankful for… (like you) my parents. my job, for teaching me so much and providing me with a paycheck. my friends (internetland and real life). BT. new york city. pizza. ice cream. booze. that covers it, i think. 🙂

  • Aoife Mooney

    Right this minute, actually, uh, you! =) This is my first thanksgiving, having just moved here from Ireland and my first year living in NYC, and I just came home from a pretty forlorn and quiet office workday, since most ppl had taken the day off, and was feeling pretty low and homesick, and then I read your post! =) I just started following your blog a couple of months back, and I have to tell you I love it, and am thankful you keep at it, even after mishaps! It inspires the rest of us to keep at it, get out there and run it off, and eat like we’re at a birthday party! =) Thank you Megan!

  • Anonymous

    thank you for such a sweet comment! enjoy your first American Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Ooh, show us the frye boots! I’m a Frye lover as well. Best $250 I ever spent. Happy Turkey Day! I did a Thankful Thursday post this morning. 

  • Good call on the Frye boots. I bought a pair last year, and every time I look down at my feet, I smile. Best ever!

  • I’m thankful to have discovered running and running blogs. I would not be running a marathon in March without that!

    I’m also thankful for my mom’s convection oven, three different kinds of chocolate, oatmeal, and dried cranberries. I’ve been looking forward to these cookies since I got to college this fall. 

  • Ali

    I’m thankful for you. Obviously.

    I’m so glad you asked me to go running that one morning last spring. I couldn’t believe you thought I was decent enough to be in your sweaty company. It was flattering and fun and I’ve loved all the time we’ve spent together since then. You’re great. Keep being great.

    And I’m not MAD you moved to Brooklyn because I love that you’re so happy there. Whenever you want to hit up CP at 6 am, you know who to call. Until then, I’ll make the trek to BK…or an ice cream shop in Chinatown…so we can continue to hang out.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Frivolous, maybe, but Frye boots are always worth being thankful for! 

    Also on my list: running and a whole great running community that I can join, or at least stalk from afar, online; my family and their great spirits and good health and their willingness to fly across the country just to cook a turkey in my oven; cats purring in my lap; friends who cook for me and help me learn how to ride a bike and all sorts of things like that; and my lovely San Franicsco.

  • Those scones look yummy. Adding choc chips to anything automatically makes it extra good. 

    I am thankful for my family, my friends, my health, my love of running, the ability to travel to new places, meet new people and of course, chocolate.  Oh… and frozen yogurt! and fresh fruit and vegies…. ok enough now… 🙂  

  • I’m thankful for so many things!! Specifically: I’ve been running just about injury free all year (with an awesome half and full marathon PR), I get to go home for Christmas, I finished several more quarters of grad school, I am healthy, my family is healthy, I ate lots of good things… this list is never ending!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving! 

  • Liz S.

    ok so i’m clearly not the first person to say this, but seriously — frye boots ARE worth every penny! and whole milk cappuccinos every calorie 🙂

  • Gabe S

    Can you post a picture of your new boots please? I want a pair, but cant decide which style to get.

  • Anonymous

    hehe, sure! i’ll take a pic and put it in my next post.

  • Bobbiec16

    Need to see the boots 🙂