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We might still be far off from the inevitable turkey trot 5K races that take part around the country on Thanksgiving Day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start training for it now. Whether your 2020 turkey trot ends up being a virtual turkey trot nature or a live in-person race, training early can only benefit you.
Here are some of the top reasons to begin training for your real or virtual turkey trot now.
It goes without saying that training builds endurance. If you are a brand-new runner and this will be your first race ever, you cannot go wrong by training early. Likewise, seasoned runners need to keep up on training so they won’t lose the endurance they’ve built.
One might argue that endurance isn’t necessary for a 5K because it is a short race. While this is true for runners accustomed to longer distances, a 5K can feel like a hefty distance to the newbie. We were all there once gasping for air, muscles burning, in utter shock that we only passed the half-way point of our first 5K. If it is your first 5K, consider trying a virtual turkey trot like the one offered by The Virtual Run Challenge.
Training early for one of our Thanksgiving virtual runs like Revenge of the Birds 5k or The Turkey Trot Challenge will give you plenty of time to find the right pace. A virtual 5K race tends to be run very fast, and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of others and start off too quickly. It is true that races will always be run faster than training runs. However, if you train appropriately, you will be able to pace properly so you do not wear yourself out early in the race.
The old adage, practice makes perfect, is completely true. In the runner’s case, practice makes PRs or personal records. Make this turkey trot your best 5K time ever by beginning your training for it now. Over time, speed will naturally come to you during your runs. If you set a goal of making a PR by a certain date, you are more likely to achieve it.
Whether you are a seasoned runner or just starting out, the health benefits of running are inarguable. So, instead of putting off training until this fall, start now to immediately reap the benefits of running including:
Since almost every major event has been canceled almost everywhere, many of us have been blessed with extra free time. There are no school sporting events to take the kids to, so go for a run. You can’t catch a baseball game this spring, so go for a run. Do you see where I am going with this? Instead of all the plans that were canceled, you can still start training for a race in November.
Essential workers, who might be putting more time in on the job, can still benefit from carving out a bit of time to go running. Times are currently very stressful and training for a turkey trot can help channel that stresses into something useful.
Frontline healthcare workers need to be especially vigilant in maintaining their own health while taking care of others infected with the coronavirus COVID-19. As noted above, running helps to strengthen immunity and provides for better sleep. Both are key to maintaining the health of these brave workers.
If you are ready to begin your training for the Turkey Trot 5K, we have some helpful tips for you. Over the years through trial and error, runners have come up with some basic “rules” or guidelines to keep in mind when training.
Sign up for the virtual turkey trot today here. If you’ve signed up, it is easier to hold yourself accountable to a training regimen. Then, follow our tips to keep injury at a minimum while optimizing performance. Whether this is your first or 50th 5K, just have fun with it. Now, get out there and run.