November 20th, 2018 | Fitness

9 Tips on How to Prepare or Participate in a Turkey Trot

November is here and we all know what that means — THANKSGIVING! With the winter months coming, people get less active and gain “fluff” with holiday comfort foods.

Take advantage of the kids being home for a break and the family being in town by participating in a Turkey Trot the morning of Thanksgiving. Its not only a great way to start the day off before your feast, but also will get the metabolism cranking! Below are 9 tips on how to prepare for this race. 

 Research races in your area or the area you’ll be in with family: Make sure the Turkey Trot is not too far away from where the celebration will be.
Train outside: Practice being in the cold weather because chances are it will be cold on Thanksgiving Day
Prepare the night before: Get enough sleep, set out your clothes and anything else you will need the day of
Dress appropriately: It may be chilly, so be sure to wear enough clothing. During the race, you may get hot but let this fool you as it is still winter time.
Fuel properly and hydrate: Eat at least 2 hours before the race and make sure to bring some water or other source of fluid for the race
Proper warmup: Warming up those muscles will prevent injury, especially in the cold weather
Get those Tunes going: Have motivating music on to get you through the race
Track yourself: Use devices such as an AmazFit watch to track your pace and time
Involve the kids/family and Have Fun!: Don’t take it too seriously, it’s supposed to be a family/bonding experience

Check out some of these unique Turkey Trots that may be in your area:

• Manchester Road Race in Manchester, CT is New England’s most famous road race and the largest one in Connecticut. Some of it’s runners include past Olympians and other locals.

• Turkey Trail Trot held in San Francisco, CA. Don’t be surprised if you see a giant costumed turkey at the front of the pack! 

• Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger in Washington, DC. Dedicated to raising money and awareness for DC’s homeless population. 

• Dana Point Turkey Trot in Dana Point, CA was established in 1977. This race benefits multiple charities. This is one of the countries largest and most scenic turkey trots!

Do your trot where Thanksgiving began. The Plymouth Turkey Trot & the Pilgrim Thanksgiving 5K held yearly in Plymouth, Mass. 

Run For The Diamonds in Berwick, Pa. Top finishers get to take home a diamond ring. 

 The Feaster Five Road Race held in Andover, Mass is our pick for "Most American". When you finish this race you get a hot apple pie. 

Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K held in Altanta, Ga. You will burn the most calories if you choose to take part in the 13.1-mile course. They also offer smaller trots for little turkeys.

Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot held in Buffalo, N.Y. is the oldest consecutively running foot race in the US.

 If you're looking to take the scenic route, sign yourself up for the Honolulu Marathon Clinic Turkey Trot in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Great Gobbler Gallop in Cuero Texas. This one is for the birds... literally. 
 If you're near Odenton Maryland, check out the Cold Turkey 10K 

Fast Before the Feast in White Bear Lake, MN is a great run for a great cause.

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​Sofia Rodriguez, Fitness & Health Expert

Sofia Rodriguez is a Fitness & Health Expert in the VA/DC area. She has a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology and has worked with cardiac, cancer, diabetic, and injury rehab patients in the past. She is a Certified Personal Trainer ranked among top trainers in the country with many years of experience training clients for weight loss, muscle gain, and overall health. Sofia has been the go-to expert on many TV morning shows, has been featured in several magazines and online publications such as Forbes & Huffington Post, is a published fitness writer, a fitness model, and specializes in bodybuilding and nutrition. She is bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish and English.

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