If you’re planning on running a turkey trot later on this month first of all let me just say GOOD FOR YOU and CONGRATULATIONS ON EMBARKING ON SOMETHING MANY PEOPLE DON’T TRY. Whether you’re a seasoned vet runner or this is your inaugural trot there’s valuable tips for both camps to remember and lend an ear to. Here’s some suggestions to get you ready for race day!
- Dress for the weather but don’t overdo it. Depending on where you live in the country the weather can either be super cold, warm and toasty or somewhere in between. Remember that your body temperature will rise once you get going so you don’t want to layer like crazy and risk overheating. Check your local forecast and use your best judgement when it comes to race day gear.
- This may not be the day to wear the new running shoes you just bought. You’ll want to wear a pair that are reasonably broken for your feet but no so worn that you have inadequate support.
- Take breaks when you need to and watch your pace. This isn’t a race for all the marbles. Yes, it’s good to push yourself but don’t overdo it. Most turkey trots are community events and people, whether they are running or walking, like to do the race with their families and some even bring their dogs. So if you have to slow down off of your pace to a jog or even walk every now and again. It’s okay. Just enjoy yourself, talk to the other racers, get to know your community and the people out there with you. You may make some new friends!
- HAVE A GOOD TIME!!! No explanation needed. Make some great memories out there and enjoy yourselves!