So many runners will be starting Thursday with a race, so let’s talk about making the most of your Turkey Trot. From my perspective, Turkey Trots are a fun way to kick off a day of cooking, eating, and spending times with loved ones, so I don’t take it super seriously. Instead, I see it as a fun way to jump start my morning, and I lean into that as much as possible.
Register For A Race Where You Will Be
The first step to making the most of your Turkey Trot is to actually register for the race. If you’re staying close to home, it should be fairly simple to find a local 5K (or other distance). Travelers might have to do a little digging to find something close to where they will be on Thanksgiving. So far, most of my Thanksgiving races have been near home, but the last few years, I’ve branched out.
Recruit Your Favorite Turkeys
I’m always done for a solo race, but if you can get some buddies in the mix, that’s even better. Convince your friends and family that it’s so much better to start Thanksgiving at the crack of dawn with some running (or walking). They’ll absolutely thank you for it (maybe).
Set Your Goals
Only you know what you hope to accomplish at your Turkey Trot. Maybe you want to walk the distance with your running buddies. Or you could be hunting down your next PR. There’s a chance you have to be speedy to get back to the kitchen to tend to dinner. Whatever your goals, chase after them!
Don Your Turkey Apparel
Listen. I’m all about a theme, and Turkey Trots are all about the fit. I say get those turkey hats, and Thanksgiving statement tops for maximum dedication to the event. Once upon a time, I even made race shirts for the boys.
Enjoy The After Party
Yes, I know you have dinner coming, but part of making the most of your Turkey Trot is enjoying the celebration after. Local races offer things like cranberry sparklers, light breakfasts, and music, before everyone heads their separate ways.
Because isn’t that what it’s all about? I’m so looking forward to Thursday’s 5K! I’m planning to check off all these boxes with a cute tank top, friends and family, and a cool after party! It’s going to rock!
Are you running a Turkey Trot for Thanksgiving? What distance?
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