What are your plans this Thanksgiving? Stay in your PJs, eat turkey, and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade? That’s a fun plan, but what if you could make it even better? Instead of just chilling at home all day, take part in the One SMALL Step Turkey Trot at Mulberry Park in Houma. It’ll be on Nov. 22, and registration starts at 7 a.m. Then, the festivities will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with the 1/2 Mile Gobble Wobble for kids 12 and under. The 5k Turkey Trot will follow.
You can register for $25, but don’t stop there. You can also fundraise for the event. Proceeds will be used to fund research for Prader-Willi Syndrome, so this is a for a great cause.
Is this going to be your first 5k? Get some tips, so you’ll be ready to show everyone what you’re made of on race day.
Eat Light Before the Race
OK, yes, you’re going to be racing on turkey day, and your house is going to be full of amazing smells.
You’ll wake up smelling turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin pie…
Wait a second, what was the point of this?
Oh yeah, don’t eat a heavy meal before the race. Eat as early in the morning as you can and keep it light. A yogurt and a banana will keep you fueled up for the run.
Warm Up Before the Race
You need to get your muscles loose on race day. You’ve likely noticed some people sprint before a 5k, but that’s not necessary. Instead, just do a little walking and jogging. When it’s about a half hour before race time, take a five-minute walk. Then, jog for the next five minutes. For the final five minutes, jog just a bit faster. Then you’ll be loose and ready to race.
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Set a Reasonable Pace
It’ll finally be time to race. You might want to make a break for the finish line, but unless you’ve been running 5ks for years, you need to set a reasonable pace and stick to it. Go with a comfortable pace that you can maintain through the duration of the race. Remember, this is a fun run. You aren’t trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon here. Slow and steady will get you to the end, and best of all, you’ll be able to turn your head and smile for finish line photos. Just make sure you have someone there to snap a picture for you.
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