I just loved reading the Thanksgiving memories submitted for the Drumstick Dash contest. Picking one favorite was too hard so I first narrowed it down to what I thought represented three very different styles- a straight up funny story, a “different” kind of family Thanksgiving memory, and a fitness-related story. (Hey, we are a fitness blog.) Here were the three finalists:
My favorite memory is from the one time I actually watched my mom prep the turkey. I never realized what you have to pull out of the turkey before you can put it in the oven. My mom had this huge turkey sitting in the sink and was attempting to pull out the neck and whatever other gross stuff is hiding in there and I just flipped out. I recall my mom standing at the sink laughing uncontrollably at my total disgust of the entire thing. To this day anytime the turkey is bought out my mom asks if I would like to help. I still have not touched a turkey to this day..well except when its cooked on the table!
About 10 years ago, we were on our way to Thanksgiving with a couple sides and our car broke down on the way. Being it was thanksgiving day, there were no tow trucks to be found anywhere, and no friendly people to stop by and help us, so we were stuck there on the interstate for a few hours until someone would come rescue us. It might not be normal for most families on thanksgiving day, but we enoyed a dinner of mashed potatos, creamed corn, and rolls that year. If we would have had a can opener, we could have at least had cranberries too, but none to be found.
My favorite Thanksgiving memory was the first Thanksgiving run. It was by myself in the middle of nowhere WI and I called it my solo turkey trot. There was snow on the ground (weird for WI now) and I got to see some amazing wildlife (including turkeys). I was SO proud of myself for getting out there, alone when everyone else was sleeping in!!
Over breakfast I had my assistant randomly choose a name from the remaining three entries. I wish I could have three winners but the final name drawn was:
Congratulations to Rachel! I love the feeling of getting out there for a run while everyone is still sleeping- especially on a holiday. I’ll be in touch with how to claim your two free entries to the Drumstick Dash. Maybe you can even let us know how the race goes?
I encourage everyone else to read through all of the entries for some giggles and “awwws.” (Loved the dustbuster turkey story!) And don’t forget to register for the Drumstick Dash to get your pre-emptive calorie burn on this Thanksgiving morning.