Thanksgiving in Oklahoma!

Good Morning from Oklahoma!photo (35)Brent and I celebrated Thanksgiving in Oklahoma (smack in the middle of America) with Brent’s side of the family. Brent’s dad David, an enthusiastic Restless Runner reader requested an Oklahoma running review. I didn’t do much running, mostly resting and eating. It was much needed! 

Brent and I did wake up early on Thanksgiving morning to run the Edmond Turkey Trot 5K. It was 27 degrees, INSANELY cold for weak Californian. Shorts and a thin long sleeve didn’t quite do the job. My fingers were SO FROZEN. I managed a smile in the pictures above, but my race motto was “I’m freezing. I can’t feel my legs.” Because I didn’t make it to track on Tuesday night, I took it as a hard tempo run. I finished in just over 20 minutes. Not a PR but I did manage to place, and Brent insisted on wearing my race medal all day. Check him out below. He ran a strong effort, averaging under 7 minute miles. We probably should have dressed like the people in the pictures. gloves and pants.

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 7.09.42 AMThe Thanksgiving spread at the Lowry house was top notch. I was introduced to Corn Casserole. Much like Green Bean Casserole but with corn and ritz crackers. I couldn’t stop eating it, which made sense when Cary gave me the recipe. The topping is ritz crackers coated with a stick of butter. I love that she didn’t find the recipe on Pinterest, but it’s written on a family recipe card.

photo (51) Whenever Brent and I are in Oklahoma we like to run in Mitch Park. It’s a 2.75 mile loop (I wish they would just round it up to 3 miles). The loop is fairly flat, but super windy. I love the trees, a nice change of pace from my beach route in LA. We ran 4 miles at Mitch Park on Friday morning before heading to breakfast. Cary then treated me to a mani, pedi and massage. AHHH it was amazing. My poor calves were so tight. Thank you Cary! We then went out for sushi before going to the Thunder Game downtown. After the game Ross, Brent and I went out for drinks and appetizers in Bricktown. My beer snob self was very impressed with the selection at TapWerks Ale House.

mitchMitchParkMapBrent and I planned on running this morning, but are drinking coffee (with awesome Italian Sweet Cream), watching the news and hanging out with family before we fly back to LA instead. You can’t let running take over your life. Soon it will be back to work, back to reality, back to the grind. Oklahoma, we’ll see you soon!

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