As the weather turns chilly, you might start thinking about all of the heavy comfort foods that come with the holidays, as well as the lack of exercise that often accompanies them. Don’t panic – you can still get into the habit of running this time of year by signing up for a local Turkey Trot! Here are some reasons why participating in Turkey Trots can be the best way to start running:

  1. Cooler weather. If you’re regretting not starting a running routing over the summer, think again. Now is the perfect temperature to get outside and get started. You’ll be able to ease into your run without worrying about overheating and getting quite so sweaty. Fall running can be relaxing and more comfortable.
  2. Low stakes. A Turkey Trot is by definition a fun run. There’s no pressure to be the best, and winning one carries no special significance. Participants are all there to have a good time, and you don’t have to worry if you don’t quite reach the speed you hoped for.
  3. A reason to get off the couch. It can be really easy to fall into the habit of TV watching and being a couch potato over the holidays, and getting prepared for a Thanksgiving run can help you combat that. Training for a race is a great excuse to get moving!
  4. Contributing to a good cause. Many Turkey Trots are held to raise money for local families in need or other charitable organizations and causes. Find out if your local race is raising donations.

Convinced it’s time to get started? Don’t just go outside and start running right now. Make sure you’re prepared to get in the habit of running:

  1. Examine your gear. You need good running shoes that support the ankle, and you might want to consider a shoe insole for additional support for your feet. Breathable clothing is a must, as well as sunscreen and a way to carry water.
  2. Stick to a schedule. Consistency is key, and you can find plenty of training programs online to make a plan that works for you. If you’re a true couch potato, try starting with Couch to 5K.
  3. Don’t forget your form. Even though Turkey Trots are fun runs, you need to have proper running form to avoid injury. Find tips here.

Make sure you save room for some delicious Thanksgiving Dinner after the Turkey Trot! Good luck on your first race!