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Run a Turkey Trot Before You Eat Pie

My Thanksgiving motto is, "Burn your pie to earn your pie." And by "burn" I don't mean charring your pumpkin or apple pie; I mean burn as in to burn calories. According to Runner's World, the amount of calories burned running a 5k is quite similar to the calories found in a slice of pumpkin pie. I thought that little comparison might inspire you to sign up for a 5k Turkey Trot.

Many running clubs host these events in neighborhoods and suburbs that aren't typical race venues. High school cross country teams also sponsor these fun runs as fundraising events. And let me tell you, they are not only fun, but they are great way to start your day.

You can find an event near you at, or try the race finder over at Runner's World. If you're lucky, you might even get a cool race t-shirt like mine from last year.

Spectra Spectra 8 years
I won't be doing a Turkey Trot, since I've got to travel on Thanksgiving to get to my parents' house. But I WILL be working out that morning to burn off my meal. And if you REALLY don't want the temptation of pie, you COULD burn your pie so you can't eat it, lol.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
And! As much as I love Thanksgiving day races, I love New Year's Eve "Resolution Runs."
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Oh, and I would love to run a race on Thanksgiving but my folks live in the boonies. I did sign up for a race the next weekend though.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
TidalWave, if you run ahead of time to shape up for it you probably end up burning off the whole feast!
syako syako 8 years
I live in the area :)
runningesq runningesq 8 years
awh, thanks guys! I'm nervous but very excited! This is one of those do-it-before-I-die things, and since the husband and I want to start out family soon... I realized it was put up or shut up ;) I'll keep you guys updated :) Syako, do you live in the district, or is that from a trip?
syako syako 8 years
wow running that is incredible! I'd love to hear about your training too. Do blog about it! :P Ok, ok, ok, I'll go look for their Web site! ;)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I ran one in central new jersey last year and will again this year. i just like that it gets me out of the house on thanksgiving day! However, i find the pie comparison extremely depressing. You're saying that I am driving somewhere, paying $20, running in the freezing cold for 20-30 minutes, then driving back home to make food -- all just to burn the amount of calories in a lousy piece of pie? Thank goodness I don't count calories!!
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
runningesq - A Full Iron-man! I am impressed with your dedication for a Full-Ironman training. I can only spare ~2 hours of exercise each day - and have to even out between Swim/run/Bike/weight. How many hours per day do you train for the FullIronman? I have my eyes on a Half-Ironman I don't know if I can do it next year though. As of right now, I swim about 3 miles / run about 40 miles per week. I will go back to my spin class starting next year. :) Good Luck on your Turkey Trot also!
winniebaby winniebaby 8 years
I signed up for the 10K Turkey Trot in San Jose as well!! This will be my first race ever! Since I am not a runner, I should have been training by running a few times a week. So far, I have only been running every Sunday. I am up to about 4.5 miles... Keeping my fingers crossed that I can make it to the finish line on Turkey Day!
Fitness Fitness 8 years
runningesq! I am seriously impressed that you're doing an Ironman. Do share the details of your training. I like the year to ramp up to those crazy distances. and . . . syako I don't think it is too late to sign up either and I say go for it!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
syako, I doubt it's too late! You can usually register the day of for smaller (5K, 10K) races. I'm doing a Turkey Trot 10K and the literature said there are wild turkeys on the trails! That would be neat. Next year I won't care at ALL what I eat/ do on Turkey day because MY FIRST IRONMAN (in COZUMEL, MEXICO!) is the Sunday after Turkey day, and I'll be racing for 14-16 hours !
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
oooh i like this idea. i'm actually going to tyler tx this year to be with my fiance's family so i'll have to see if there's one in that area. we usually spend the day in NYC/NJ so i know of groups in my area.
syako syako 8 years
There is one in my town --- I wonder if it's too late to sign up? I really wish my hubby would start running so we could do these things together! :impatient:
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
Unfortunately, there won't be one in the small town of Corpus Christi TX (where we go every year for Turkey Day). So, before the day starts, my mom and I are going to run along the seashore together! It's so beautiful, and I love to run with my mom. She inspires me! She's 58, I'm 20, and she's stronger than me thanks to yoga.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I already signed up a 10K Turkey Trot - if you are in San Jose area. :)
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