Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Day of Firsts - Updated

I DID IT!!! As you probably remember, I took up running in July. I WAS NOT a runner, I HATED running and I HAD NO DESIRE to become a runner. But my friend, Jenni, talked me into trying it and was such a huge inspiration and a great motivator. I started with a tenth of a mile at a time (yes, that's about one minute's worth). I set a goal to run the Turkey Day 5K and 4 1/2 months later, I just did it! Notice how happy we look. That's because we had just barely started running!

So I had actually done several practice runs that were 3.1 miles just to make sure I could do it and even ran 4 miles the other night. So I was pretty confident. I was only worried about running it outside because of hills and cold. We had practiced running outside, but not in a while. The first half of it was uphill and I really wanted to quit, but wouldn't let myself, of course. The 2nd half was mostly downhill, so that was really nice. There were a few little hills at the end.

Knowing Nate and the kids were waiting for me at the finish really helped keep me going. I feel really great that my kids know that I take care of myself and that I can set that example for them. It was so nice to hear Nate and Harrison both say how proud they were of me. Nate really was impressed, because he of all people knows how absolutely out of character that was for me. I guess I am a runner now, but I still don't really love it. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment and knowing that I am healthy enough to do it. I don't hate every minute of it like I used to. Who knows if I'll ever really love it, but I think I'm going to keep it up for now.
Here's a not very cute action shot!

I was worried that I would hold Jenni back because she pushes herself much more than I do. So we had said we wanted to do it in under 33 minutes. My fastest I'd done it on the treadmill was 32.24 and hers was 29 something, but her fastest in a race was 32.30. So we were shooting for around there. I am happy to say we did it in 31.06!!! We said we'd love to do one under 30 next time. We'll see about that! So now that I've got that out of the way, I need to conquer another first today. . .my first turkey! Somehow I've gotten out of making the turkey every one of my 29 years. Even the one other year I hosted. So today's the day. After talking to lots of people and doing research on-line I decided to try brining it in vegetable stock, apple juice, garlic, water, salt, brown sugar and a few other herbs and spices. Hopefully it will be as successful as the 5K. And hopefully I'll make it through the holiday without throwing up like I have the past two years. No, these were not bulimia induced episodes, although the thought crosses my mind each year. One was pregnancy related and one was stomach flu. On that appetizing note, I'm going to go start cooking! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for all of my friends and family that I get to keep in touch with through this blog! (And a number of other things, but that's another post!)

So, it's later tonight. I just looked up my race results. We actually ran it in 31.04 (2 seconds faster than I thought). I was 535rd place in the race (out of about 2000), 188th place for women and 51st place in my division (female 20-29). I wish I knew how many women there were and how many were in my division, because otherwise, those numbers don't mean much.

As for the turkey. . .not as successful as I hoped it would be. It just seemed like a lot of effort that didn't pay off. It didn't taste any better than any other turkey I've ever had. In fact, it was probably some of my least favorite I've ever had. But that was probably because I had my hopes up that it would be amazing. Also, I took it out when the meat thermometer said it was ready, but then when I went to cut it, it was still not all the way cooked in the middle. That grossed me out/frustrated me because everyone was waiting and hungry, so it probably contributed to why I didn't like it much. Thankfully, all the side dishes were great. It was so nice that our guests contributed so much, and that what they brought was so good too. We also enjoyed their company! So overall, it was a great Thanksgiving. I guess it would have been too much to ask to have beginners luck in both of my Thanksgiving Firsts!


Melissa said...

Yay for you! I'm so impressed with your running. I still can't bring myself to do it. If I had a running partner, maybe. And good luck with the turkey! I'm cooking mine upside down so the breasts will be continutally basted in their own juices. I've never brined before, but I'd like to try it. I think my turkey has been injected with "a solution" though, and I hear you shouldn't brine those. Good luck, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Christensen's said...

Congratulations! I LOVE that feeling of accomplishment. I've been slacking since the weather turned cold because i don't love running on a treadmill. You look great!
Did you stuff your turkey? My mom stuffed it with sliced apples today (then discarded them) and it was the most moist turkey we've ever had. It was yummy! Happy Thanksgiving!

Dan and Dee said...

Great job on the race! That's awesome!
Jessica Mathews Forsyth said she read to cook the turkey upside down with the breast side down...that it makes it more juicy. We have a belated Thanksgiving celebration here tomorrow (the guys don't get Thanksgiving off in Russia, duh) so I will be trying the breast down method...hope I am not disappointed too!

Libby said...

I am so impressed! I don't think I ever would have used Michelle and running in the same sentence before. I'm very proud of you!
Sorry you were disappointed in your turkey. It's taken me three tries, but I think I've finally found the tricks. Cooking it breast side down for at least half the cooking time is the best. It makes the breast a little flat, but keeps it moist. I'll send you the Turkey Mercedes recipe I used this year. It gave the meat just enough extra flavor and it was super moist, even the white meat. Your potatoes were a hit at my dinner. Thanks for the recipe!

Tiffany said...

Good Job on your race!! I think it's great that you only started running 4 months ago, and you stuck with it!

I thought the turkey was great, and I didn't mind waiting, I wasn't really hungry at 3 anyways :)

We had a ton of fun! Thanks for inviting us!

Sarah and John Root said...

Yay Michelle!! This is Sarah (Sparks) Root by the way and I've been lurking on your blog :). I love the way you cracks me up and your kiddos are darling!!