Turkey Trot and a Filling Thanksgiving

Good morning my little turkeys! I hope those of you in the United States who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday enjoyed a fun day with delicious holiday food and were able to share the day with people you love.

My day was great from start to finish.

It began bright and early with a 10K Turkey Trot in downtown Sarasota.

Ryan, my sister, Leslie, and her boyfriend, Ross (<—Remember him? He was a groomsman in our wedding!) and I put on our turkey hats, dyed orange socks and headed out.

Turkey Trot Costumes

(We completely forgot our boas and bright orange bandanas!!! Doh.)

This was my first time dressing up a bit for a race and even though our costumes weren’t crazy by any means we were one of the only ones in Thanksgiving Day garb and got a lot of support from fellow racers who liked our feathers. It made the race so fun!

The race kicked off at 8 a.m. and took us over the Ringling Bridge  (x2!) which I promptly nicknamed “Mount Sarasota” for the intense incline.

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Okay, so it looks pretty sissy in this picture, but the incline was legit for me, a runner used to flat terrain.

The race was low key and picturesque and all of the racers and volunteers were friendly and fun.

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My mother-in-law laughed as we walked back up to her house when we arrived home from the Turkey Trot looking sweaty and beat!

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We took turns showering and changing into more holiday-appropriate clothes before enjoying lots of sangria and appetizers!

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So fresh and so clean, clean.

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My mother-in-law makes the best sangria. I look forward to it at every holiday gathering she hosts at her house!

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I couldn’t help but fill up a bit on appetizers before our big Thanksgiving lunch (the crab dip and meatballs with Les’ secret sauce were my favorites), but still managed to pack my plate when it was time to dig into the main course.

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I literally licked my plate clean and gave awards to the stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole and the glazed carrots. Delish!

Sadie was on hand for any food that was “accidentally” dropped.

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After our big lunch, we spent a few hours outside digesting and playing corn hole and bocce ball before coming back inside for dessert.

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I had a slice of pumpkin pie, a small slice of pecan pie (extra whipped cream on both because pie is simply a vehicle for whipped cream anyway), a small s’mores bar and a cake pop. I also shared one of the Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies that I made with my sister.

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And then I felt like a balloon and it was gloooorious. Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays. Whenever you combine people you love and the best homemade food, it’s going to be a great day.

I went to sleep feeling very, very blessed.

Today we’re debating whether or not we should head out to tackle a few Black Friday sales. We shall see!

P.S. The Fashion page was updated.


  1. Mandi says

    Love it! We hit up Ellenton Outlest late Thursday night– that place was CRAZY! They did have some really awesome deals though, esp at the Nike store!

    I know you mentioned awhile back that Leslie would be doing a post about her take on the breast-cancer-awareness 5k and how she is integrating running into her life. I’d still love to read a piece by her; I’m sure she has a wonderful, bubbly personality like you and I always enjoy reading how new runners become crazies like the rest of us. 🙂


  2. Stephanie Walter says

    I think it is sooo cute that your sister and Ross are dating! I was wonderin about that awhile ago when I saw you 4 hanging out…they make a super cute couple!!!


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