Happy Thanksgiving!

I started my Thanksgiving holiday last night, with a meet up with friends at a cupcake shop. Kim, Nicki, and I used to all run together back in the day until Nicki moved to Texas. Kim and I still run together on the weekends, and actually met through Nicki. It was great to all meet up, catch up, and eat cupcakes together (kind of the opposite of running, huh?).

Nicki, Kim, and me

My family also got into town for the holiday yesterday. Hank has a new buddy, named Nana, to hang out with on the couch now. He’s pretty pleased. Nana not so much.

This morning my dad and I headed up to Roanoke for the Drumstick Dash 5K. I ran the race and Dad acted as my personal race course photographer. It was a chilly 23 degrees outside, and I think they said it was around 13 degrees with the windchill. Brrr!

I think that may be the coldest race I’ve ever run. I finished the race in 28:08. I pushed, but not too hard. I think I probably could have finished in under 28 minutes had I realized we were approaching the finish line. There was a white banner about 2 blocks past the finish line, which I thought was the actual finish line. But then we ran over two mats and the race was over. Oops.

Once we got back from Roanoke it was time to start cooking Thanksgiving dinner! We ate a little later than usual, since Barry had to work today and wouldn’t be home until this evening. Here are the obligatory Thanksgiving dinner pictures:

Mashed potatoes, rolls, and stuffing
Turkey, cranberry sauce, green beans, cinnamon applesauce, and sweet potato casserole
Egg custard pie and pumpkin pie

And now it is time to watch ‘Home Alone’! This became a tradition in my family back when all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins used to eat Thanksgiving dinner at my Nana and Pop Pop’s house. After dinner all of the adults would fall asleep, so us kids would always watch ‘Home Alone’ and the tradition was born. Of course we also watched the end of the parade this morning and have watched football throughout the day.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is having a great day. May you always have much for which to be thankful!

What are your Thanksgiving traditions? 

Who else ran a race today? Anyone doing a weekend Thanksgiving race?

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  1. Couldn’t go without commenting, even though I sitting within 5 feet of Meagan as she posts this.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. And it was cold this morning!

    D.

    1. I love this! 🙂
      You and Meagan make me think of my dad and I in many ways.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you both. It looked like a delicious meal!!

    2. Glad you could make it down for Thanksgiving! It was cold that morning.

      Stephanie- it was a delicious meal! You can’t go wrong when half the recipes start with “take a pound of butter…”

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Meagan (and you awesome dad and Barry!)! I laid on the couch after dinner and hoped the Steelers could pull off a miracle. boo on that loss. I did a 5K race that was 3 miles all fun and games. It was cold, but actually not too bad.

    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Sorry about your Steelers, but glad you had a fun race!

  3. It was cold for the 5k I did yesterday too! The thought of a warm house and lots of food were good motivators for finishing haha.

    We watched Elf yesterday after the parade – I’m so glad it’s officially christmas season now 🙂

    1. Same here! Last year I ran the Thanksgiving Day 5K in shorts (it was in the low 40’s) but I couldn’t get away with that this year.

      I love Elf 🙂 I’m holding off on that one for now because it’s one of my favorites and i like to save it.

  4. Looks like an awesome day!! I wish we had a Turkey Trot close by on Thanksgiving, but we don’t. Love that your dad is always there to document the event. I think you should have him write a guest post sometime! 🙂 Glad you had such a great holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Hmm maybe that’s another race you could organize in the future, if you really wanted to have a hectic Thanksgiving morning 🙂 You did such a good job on the 5K you organized earlier this year.

  5. Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, Barry, Roger, Nana, Hank, and Scout!

    Our whole family ran in a turkey trot yesterday morning. It was a blast! Julie wore a turkey costume (she was a turkey runner) and Daniel wore a pilgrim costume!

    1. Thanks, Deb! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to you! I would have loved to have seen Julie and Daniel in their costumes at the race! The re-enactment video you posted was hilarious.

  6. Hope the end of your Thanksgiving was as good as the start! But…erm….do you really make 2 kinds of mashed potatoes, or did your dish just get full?!? 🙂

    1. Thanks! It was 🙂 You can’t go wrong with Home Alone.

      You have an eagle eye! We actually did make two kinds of mashed potatoes. My dad makes his with sour cream mixed in, but Barry doesn’t like sour cream. So the yellow bowl was all Barry’s and the shallow white dish was for everyone else 🙂

  7. Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Hope you’re gearing up for the big in-state rival game this afternoon! I’ve been enjoying free babysitting services (thanks Grandma & Grandpa!), so my hubby and I could sneak away for some trail running.

    1. Thanks, you too! I was all geared up for that game! I’m so glad we won, but I wish Duke had lost so that we could play in the championship game. Instead we get to sit home and watch Florida State wipe the field with Duke and we can go “if we were there, we could have won” even though I’m honestly not sure that’s a true statement.

      Glad you and your husband got to sneak away for a trail run! I bet that was fun.

  8. Great job on the race! Sounds so chilly! That’s one race where it might have been more comfortable to be a runner than a spectator just so that you could run and warm up!

    1. Thanks, Tina! It was very chilly. I’ll usually wear shorts all the way down to the low 30’s, so you know it’s cold when I put tights on! The weather conditions definitely were more favorable for the runners. My dad said he was fine early on in the race (in the sun) but waiting at the finish line in the shade got chilly.

  9. It’s so cool that your dad went with you to the Turkey Trot in Roanoke! He seems to be having as much fun with your running as you are 🙂 We did the Gobble and Gorge 8k Thanksgiving morning. I love Turkey Trots!

    1. He accompanies me to a lot of my races! Growing up it was swim meets and soccer games, now it’s road races 🙂 Turkey trots are lots of fun!

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