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Racing through the Holidays

  After finishing the Philadelphia Half Marathon this past weekend, I’m looking forward to taking time off from having to train so much. But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop running! Because there’s already enough stress and running around for the holidays, I want my runs to be laid back and fun. No stress, no training, no record-breaking times. Just a t-shirt and a good time. 🙂

Here are three great races that are guarenteed to make you feel great all around:

Turkey Trot – These races are almost always held on Thanksgiving morning and usually involve people dressed in turkey hats, pumpkin pie prizes, and spirited participants. What better way to start a day filled with eating than by burning a few calories that morning?

Jingle Bell Run – Usually around Christmas, these runs also feature fun hats (Santa, elves and reindeer abound), food prizes, and the sounds of jingling all the way.

Resolution Run – Sometimes called a New Year’s Run or something similar, these runs are growing in popularity as participants are eager to start the New Year on the right foot (then the left foot, then the right…). Usually held later in the day on New Year’s Day to give participants a chance to recover from the night before, it makes for a great way to get a jump start on any fitness resolutions one might have!

To find these races and more near you check out: runnersworld.com or active.com.

Happy Running! 😀

Fitness Friday!

It’s getting close to that time! Turkey Trot time!

I recently posted on why I love Turkey Trots, so if you want to read that blog click HERE.

The reason I’m posting again so soon on my favorite race of the year is that I thought some of you might like a list of great Turkey Trots to check out. These races are held around the country and chances are there’s one near you, so check out my last blog to do a general search.

A List of Great Turkey Trots

Parade Company Turkey TrotThis race has been a Detroit staple for the past 28 years and boasts both a costume and a race float contest (think big running Chinese dragon). It offers a 10K, 5K, and 1 mile “Mashed Potato” run.

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot – Lauded as one of the largest Turkey Trots in the country, this Dallas race now draws thousands Thanksgiving morning. With a 5K run/walk and an 8 mile option as well as costumes, prizes, and big after race entertainment it’s the perfect choice! Also, sign up cost goes to support Dallas area YMCAs and with Dallas being one of the most obese cities in the world, it needs the help!

YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot – This 8K first began in 1896 making it the oldest continually running race in the country. More than 12,000 runners come out to race and enjoy the post-run awards ceremony and live entertainment.

Dana Point Turkey Trot – Race along the beaches of southern California with the 5K or 10K run. Not only is the locale a perfect reason to sign up for this huge event, but proceeds go to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Fitness Friday!

I love Turkey Trots.

I especially love the Turkey Trot where my parents live in which I have been running for the past five or so years. The course goes on a cart path around a local golf course past fields and trees. It never feels like the 3.1 miles (5k) that it is because the energy is always buzzing with excitement. When I first started running this race there were maybe fifty people who ran. It was fun but definitely more subdued. Last year there were probably two hundred plus people there. Some were in costumes, some were serious runners, some were with their young children or families, but everyone was looking to have a good time. It was great! 🙂

For you first-timers out there, a Turkey Trot is a race that’s held early Thanksgiving morning. It’s a perfect way to start the day as you are most likely destined to spend the rest of it with family eating until you’re as stuffed as that turkey was. Running this race always puts me in a great mood and I feel like I’m burning off all those calories I’m noshing on the rest of the day!

To find a trot near you check out Runner’s World or Active’s Turkey Trot finder.

Run on my friends!

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