Weekend festivities

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First off, it was time for a haircut. I really don’t even remember when I last did that… maybe the beginning of the summer?

Fantastic "before" look complete with headband to keep things under control

Fantastic “before” look complete with headband to keep things under control

I had to return a coat before my appointment so I actually really tried hard to not look like I just rolled out of bed, but it obviously didn’t work. Anyway, two hours later…



The girl that shampooed my hair was all, “You have so much hair!” Obviously that’s why I’m here (is what I wanted to say), but I just said “yeah” or something like that. This was the first time since I was a kid that I can remember having to stand up to get my hair cut (when my mom cut my hair and I had to stand on the back porch and hold as still as possible- that never went well).

The rest of the weekend included a track workout (8 x 400 meters) with three of my favorite workout partners. My 400 times were pretty consistent, around 80-82, except for the first one (93- guess I wasn’t warmed up yet) and last one (76- got my ass handed to me, thanks B). Also read this interesting article on cool downs the next day and pondered my current cool down routine. We followed that up with a birthday celebration for Pete that consisted of two of his favorite things: wings and football.

Almost pulled out a win with these two cute cheerleaders

Almost pulled out a win with these two cute cheerleaders

I don’t have a photo of the cake from before, but I was pretty proud of myself for trying something new. I made a “zebra cake” with chocolate frosting. The recipe from the back of Hershey’s cocoa is the best freaking chocolate frosting I’ve ever had. I seriously had to hold myself back from eating it all with a spoon. I’m not very domestic when it comes to baking, but I’m working on it.

Happy Birthday, Pete!

Happy Birthday, Pete!

I also did an easy 10 mile long run this weekend. The early part of this week will be all easy runs in preparation for the Turkey Trot 5k on Thursday morning. I just found out that we have a winter weather advisory for Wednesday and Thursday and we may get 9 inches of snow!

Are you running a Turkey Trot this week? Do you have any fun family traditions for Thanksgiving?

Our family tradition involves running the Troy Turkey Trot every year, then going out for a quick bagel breakfast, followed by a day of cooking and eating everything in sight. Here’s my Turkey Trot history, full of many ups and downs over the years: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and I Quit.

8 thoughts on “Weekend festivities

  1. No 5ks for me and this is the first Thanksgiving that I’ve not either gone home for the holiday or cooked myself. We’re going to a friends house and I’m hoping that this becomes a tradition so that I won’t have to cook more than a few sides πŸ˜‰ No turkey trots for me either.

    That zebra cake is awesome!! I hope Pete had a great birthday!

    • I’ve only cooked on Thanksgiving once (the one year I didn’t go home) and it was hard work! I hope you have fun making a new tradition this year.

      The cake was really good! i can usually do okay with the taste part, but they end up lopsided. Working on it, one cake at a time.

  2. First your hair looks great. I’m the same way, I’ll go months without a haircut and then get a much needed makeover.

    Do you have a recipe for that zebra cake (so foodie of me), it looks amazing. (You can do our wedding cake too if you would like πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Hollie. I really want to get my color done, just didn’t have time (color takes freaking forever).

      You can use your favorite recipe for chocolate cake and for white cake (or use a box mix). For this one, I did half of each cake recipe but if you want a bigger cake you can do two layers and use the full recipes. Use a 9 in round pan (or two 9 in. pans if you do the full recipes) and alternate 1/4 cups of chocolate batter and white batter. It’ll spread out eventually and form rings of black and white cake batter (mine were NOT perfect circles but it worked out). Then bake at 350 for 50-55 min.

      The frosting is the recipe on the back of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa. I can send that to you if you want it!

  3. That cake looks fantastic! I’m running the Turkey Trot here in San Jose, not traveling to visit family. Kevin and I will make our own dinner and hang out. The last few years we’ve gone to a friend’s house, but not this time. πŸ™‚

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