Thanksgiving and a Turkey Trot

Hope everyone’s having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I’m just dropping in with a little recap of my Thanksgiving and a Turkey Trot I ran in my hometown of Ridgefield, Connecticut.


Ridgefield Turkey Trot 2015



I hadn’t run this race the past few years, but it provides a lot of support for the local Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club and is a great way to kick off Thanksgiving Day. Both my parents decided to run as well, and although we got separated and I ended up completing the 5k run by myself, I ran into a lot of people I knew from growing up. A little catching up on the run is always fun!


Red autumn leaves



I jogged the 2 miles from my house to the start. For the actual 5K my official time was 27:21, but there is no timing chip at the start – you just cross a white line – so I’d estimate that I actually ran in just under 27 minutes, roughly 8:45/mile. I then jogged halfway back afterwards and walked the rest of the way for a nice 6-mile start to the day. I didn’t bring my phone, so no photos from the race itself, but I can share the breakfast I gobbled afterwards before hopping in the car to drive to my grandparents’ house for the Thanksgiving meal. An omelet followed by a slice of Pumpkin Poufflé – I had to choose just one of two desserts I prepared to bring with us (too many dishes in the car!) so I made the call to keep this one home and enjoy it with breakfast.



Pumpkin Pouffle Slice



The drive down to my grandparents’ house took about two hours, and I spent a lot of the time making sure none of the food we brought escaped from the various dishes and containers. I made a large batch of roasted asparagus and butternut squash as vegetable sides, and a grain free Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf with chocolate chips for dessert.



Roasted Butternut squash

Roasted asparagus with garlic and olive oil



Once we arrived, we took Sasha for a short walk around their neighborhood before bustling about to make sure everyone’s contributions to the Thanksgiving table could be adequately cooked or re-heated. As usual, there was way too much food for the dozen people in attendance – both sets of my grandparents, my family of four, and my aunt’s family – because everyone brought practically a full meal beside my grandmother’s turkey, and she also made many sides. Luckily it just means lots of leftovers!



A grain free Thanksgiving plate



I had a heaping portion of tender turkey breast, some baby new potatoes, a bit of cranberry sauce, roasted asparagus and butternut squash, salad leaves, and a few morsels of baby corn. I kept this Thanksgiving as grain- and dairy- limited as possible, and it was still delicious and filling. For dessert, two slices of my Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf, made with quinoa flour and coconut milk yogurt for the occasion.



Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf

Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf with chocolate chips



It tasted just as good on Friday morning when I enjoyed the leftovers for breakfast after a walk with Sasha. The weather was so nice both Thursday and Friday, reaching about 60 degrees in southern Connecticut and climbing even higher around my grandparents’ house near Princeton, that something about hot coffee and toasted dessert bread for breakfast didn’t feel quite right. Then I started eating, and didn’t care anymore, because it was so tasty 🙂











How was your Thanksgiving?


Did you run a Turkey Trot?


Leftover dessert for breakfast – yes or no?









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10 thoughts on “Thanksgiving and a Turkey Trot

  1. Beautiful fall leaves – and your dog Sasha is precious, I am dying!
    My town does not have a turkey trot but I just went for a run by myself anyway!


  2. you ran to the trot, raced, then back home? wow thats good 😀 but i guess you’re lucky it’s so close! i love having a lot of food at family feasts though, because you get to try everything and get leftovers 🙂


  3. I am addicted to baby corns! That’s super amazing you had them with dinner! It took me the longest time to realize you could buy them and not just “get lucky” at the Chinese Buffet X-) It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones. I went for a run, but did not do my local Turkey Trot. I had to make my dessert the morning of (I made sweet potato cheesecake bars) because I had to work the whole day before. Luckily, I was only going ten minutes away and had the whole morning to make it good.
    Have a wonderful weekend!


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