Thanksgiving 2015

I was so excited for my solo turkey trot this morning. It’s my favorite tradition. It’s not about being able to eat more later. It actually has the opposite effect because getting out for a long run particularly when I’m not training for an event is more about mental clarity. When it comes time to eat I’m feeling so great about all the miles I ran earlier and I don’t want to sabotage that feeling. It is my Thanksgiving gift to myself.

Even though I went to bed late I was up at 5 and out the door at 5:45. I drove to the reservoir in the dark. The full moon was still shining bright. Fortunately it wasn’t too cold. Off I went and I just kept going for 14 miles. I never have a plan only to run 10 or more miles. I have so much to be thankful for and being out in the fresh air as the sun comes up over the water is such a beautiful way to reflect and begin the day.

Last night we met our new Mozambican friend, James, who is studying in Boston. We went out to dinner and all chatted as though we have known each other for ages. My husband was all smiles speaking Portuguese and reminiscing about Mozambique. It was fun listening to the two of them continue their conversation at home while I baked some vegan desserts for today.

I made pumpkin cranberry bread and the most incredible blackberry brownies. Carlos, Orlando and I tasted them this morning and we were all quite impressed. They are decadent without being really sweet and the blackberries add the perfect balance to the chocolate. I followed this recipe from the Fat Free Vegan.

The guys just left for the local high school football game. I’m roasting up butternut squash and Brussel sprouts which will then get tossed with fresh cranberries.

This afternoon will be our first ever post dinner soccer match…Mozambique vs. Brazil! I’m team Mozambique!

I’m grateful for the good health of myself and my family. I am very thankful for all of the good fortune in my life, the wonderful experiences I’ve had, and the people who have touched my life along the way.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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