Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, but it’s also a time of tradition. It’s a day to reflect on all of the things we have to be grateful for, and it’s also a day to spend eating foods that are considered rarities throughout other times of the year — foods like pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and stuffing. But if you’re one of those people who enjoy getting up early in the morning for a quick jog, the annual Turkey Trot is one of those traditions you look forward to most!
The Turkey Trot is a yearly foot race that’s organized to raise money for local charities and help fund local causes. People wake up bright and early and hit the road running for a great cause and a little bit of exercise before the main event of the day. In fact, The Trot, one of the biggest Turkey Trot races in the country, is held near the Cheddar’s headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so we know full well how fun and beneficial the Turkey Trot can be.
Before you set your alarm clock to wake you up bright and early for the race, you’ll need to know a few things about how to make your turkey trot as fun — and warm — as possible.
- Sleep in your running clothes the night before: As odd as this may sound, sleeping in your running clothes will ensure that what you wear matches your body temperature, so as soon as that cold air hits you, your clothes will already be toasty warm.
- Avoid overdressing: No, we’re not talking about running in your nicest formal wear; we’re talking about wearing way too many layers. You may want to toss on a thick jacket or sweat pants on top of your running clothes, but once you get running, you’ll work up a sweat and balance your body temperature.
- Put screws in the bottom of your shoes: Depending on where you live, there may be some ice on the roads when you head out for your morning trot. To avoid slipping and injuring yourself, you can put screws in the outer soles of your shoes. Make sure the screw is shorter than the sole is thick, and put the point into the sole. The tops of the screws will dig into the ice and keep you from slipping. No one wants to spend Thanksgiving nursing an injury!
- Cover those ears, hands and ankles: People who run in the cold oftentimes forget to put gloves on or to cover up their ankles. However, body heat exits through exposed skin, so less bare skin helps keep the body heat in.
- Eat a piece of fruit and a bagel before you head out: Your body is going to need fuel to function at its peak, so eating a piece of fruit will get your blood sugars up, and the bagel will give you the carbs you’ll need for energy.
- Wear something festive: We’ve talked about layering and keeping your clothes to a minimum, but that shouldn’t hold you back from dressing up in your best Thanksgiving gear! You can even find a fun holiday hat that will keep your ears and head warm, such as this one.
- Finish up the run with a glass of pre-Thanksgiving-feast chocolate milk: After going for a run, your body is going to need to refuel. The best way to replenish your body with what you lost during the run is by gulping down a glass of chocolate milk. Chocolate milk has everything you need to recuperate after your run: carbs, sugars, protein and fat.
It’s never too late to add the Turkey Trot to your list of Thanksgiving traditions. There are plenty to choose from, but if you want to go to one of the big-time races, you can find them here.
Not only does it help raise money for good causes, but it will cause you to work up quite the appetite, which is perfect for a holiday that’s capped off with a giant feast! Be safe, have fun and enjoy your Thanksgiving day!