Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all my stateside friends!

We arrived at my parents’ house here in Virginia after a rather harrowing drive down I-81. If anyone knows this area, they know how dreadful that traffic can be. There are tons of tractor trailers, and the road is narrow and windy and hilly. I think I’d rather drive in 8-lane traffic on I-95 in Philly than that, but thankfully we made it here safely and without any major delays.

I was up and at ’em bright and early this morning, updating my Black Friday sale guide and getting ready to run the Drumstick Dash 5K here in Roanoke. I love starting my Thanksgiving Day with a 5K. I feel like I earn my mashed potatoes.

And little bit of trivia for you — the first 5K I ever ran was this Drumstick Dash, 5 or 6 years ago. That’s where I caught the bug and started running more races. I haven’t done as many in the past couple of years, so I’ve really been looking forward to this one.

My goal was to run it in under 30 minutes, and according to my Runkeeper, it was more like 30:30, but my splits were all under a 10 minute mile, so I ran it well. I just need to do more speed training and start running longer distances if I want to improve my time for the next one!

I hope you are all having a great day with family and friends. If you’re doing any shopping, be sure to check out my Guide to Black Friday Sales. I’ve added a few more and updated the ones that got better.

Also, as an aside, my Mango bucket bag is 30% off with code BLACK18!

With that, I’m off to enjoy the day with my family, but before I go, I just want to say how incredibly grateful I am for all of you. Who knew when I started this blog almost 13 years ago as a place to record our family happenings for friends far away, it would turn into this?!?

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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23 Responses

  1. Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have a wonderful time with your family. It’s not Thanksgiving here but I am super thankful for your blog. 💜

  2. That takes discipline to get up early to run a race after just getting to your parents house. High five! ✋ 
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Having your family all together is enough to be very thankful about. Enjoy! ~Joanna

  3. Wow good for you !!As I sit watching the
    You earned your mash potato’s and pecan pie!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all your family!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 and enjoy your time with your family. Thanks for all your wonderful posts and for the Guide to Black Friday sales. Good job on your run today.! My husband started running marathons when he retired 4 years ago and he is 60 yrs old and getting ready for the Rock n Roll marathon here in San Antonio in a few weeks. 

  5. So glad you made it to Virginia safely! And way to go on the run! Enjoy those mashed potatoes. Happy Thanksgiving! Your blog is delightful!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thankful you made it safe and sound and that you have all this energy to run a 5K! Amazing! Thank you for all you do to help all of us! You are appreciated!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I love your blog and look forward to reading it everyday. Congratulations on your run time! I wish I could be dedicated to working out like you. Enjoy your day! 

  8. Happy Thanksgiving! I know that I am very thankful that you started this fabulous blog. Enjoy your time away with family.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! ALWAYS enjoy your bog and all the work and leg work you do for us. 

  10. Happy Thanksgiving! I ran the 5k turkey trot this morning. I live about an hour out west of Chicago. It was a very chilly run! Have safe trip home.

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