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Do You Have an Active Thanksgiving Tradition?

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Do You Have an Active Thanksgiving Tradition?

We have 22 days until Thanksgiving. I know.. I can hardly believe it myself! Let’s not even think about Christmas yet, ok? :)

Anyway, last year I started a new tradition for Turkey Day that I plan to keep. I ran my first Turkey Trot.

If you are unfamiliar, a Turkey Trot is a running event held Thanksgiving morning. Most are 5k or 10k with a 1 mile walk option. On a day when most people (including me) enter into a food coma while watching football all day, getting the family up and out the door first thing is a great way to include some fun, healthy, family fun.

Last year I ran the 5k with my friend Carrie while Mom, the Husband, the Little Guy and the Niece walked the mile. It was a chilly but getting out in the fall crisp air was awesome and I felt fabulous the rest of the day! Totally something I’m looking forward to again this year.

Click here to find a Turkey Trot in your area or start a different active Thanksgiving tradition. Does anyone have any to share? A family football game? An after dinner stroll? Maybe Wii olympics? ;)

P.S. Can’t find a Turkey Trot in your area? Sign up for Alissa’s virtual one!

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    Amanda

    November 3, 2010

    We are traveling this year for Thanksgiving but I think the hubby and I are going to get up bright and early that morning and drive a half hour plus to do a turkey trot-just so we can be active that day. At my family, we eat and then everyone sits around and talks. That’s fine and all, but I have changed a lot in the last year and I want to be active. I may even take off on my own for a short 30 minute walk that afternoon after the big meal. :) Last year I had planned to do a turkey trot when we stayed home but I was injured and couldn’t do any form of exercise (really bad sprained ankle). So this year I am kinda excited about it! :)

    Other than massive over eating, we never did…however, last Thanksgiving Day I ran my first 5k. This year my sister is walk/running (dressed a giant cornucopia, I might add) the 5k with me! It’s her first one. I am so proud of her and so happy to officially add this to our list of traditions for the holiday. :)

    I’ve never had any “active” Thanksgiving traditions other than decorating the house for Christmas, but this year that may change! I’ll be visiting my family in Fort Worth and there are two Thanksgiving morning races to choose from! Yay!

    Cheryl S.

    November 3, 2010

    Would love to see a fun cycling event on Thanksgiving!

    roni

    November 3, 2010

    You should start one! :)

    NYCPatty

    November 3, 2010

    I need to get over my fear of cold weather running :( I only started running this summer and ran my first 5k on 10/23 and it was freezing. I loved the running but not the weather. Then I got a very bad cold. Today I actually feel better and was thinking of going for a run on Sat morning. I think I need the right clothing…have you written on this before? I’d hate not to run in the winter :(

    NYCPatty

    November 3, 2010

    My sister and I are going to Zumba all weekend with my dvds and hopefully the video game that comes out later this month.

    roni

    November 3, 2010

    Patty – I have a specific sweatshirt I only use for cold weather running. It’s hoody with a pocket in front. I also se beat up old gloves and when it gets REAL goal I’ll go out with a scarf as well. Nothing real special just the basics to keep you warm. Oh! and of course long pants. :)

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    November 3, 2010

    Hunni and I always run a Turkey Trot. We started this soon after our engagement. It is a fun break from work for us.

    We also tend to to on a nice walk with our dogs after dinner since they miss us when we work so much for November and December. It is an us day. HEck we even have a funny dance party in the living room to just enjoy ourselves :-)

    Tanya

    November 3, 2010

    @NYCPatty I hate cold weather running too. Avoid cotton like it’s the plague – it soaks up sweat and keeps you wet and cold. Drifit shirts (long sleeve), zipper front jacket (in case you want to take it off and wrap it around your waist), running tights and maybe sweats over that – oh and hat & gloves.

    My first year doing a Turkey Trot – and my brother is visiting from Jamaica with my dad, so we’ll all be doing it. So excited. I have no Thanksgiving traditions – but I didn’t grow up with such a holiday. Then when I moved to the US – every day was a school day in grad school!

    Tabitha @ Just Weighing In

    November 3, 2010

    I have to admit that we don’t have any real traditions. I haven’t been “home” for Thanksgiving for years and this year we’re having it at our house so I guess it’s time to start creating some traditions!

    Lisa

    November 3, 2010

    I had high hopes of doing a Turkey Trot this year. Then I got injured. I’m slowly building my running back up but I won’t be back to 5k by Thanksgiving. Next year.

    roni

    November 3, 2010

    Lisa, I would still check to see if there is one if your area. They may have a 1 mile walk! Still worth it to get out there and start the tradition. Being 5 months preggers I won’t be 100% either but I plan on doing what I can.

    Just at thought. :)

    mandi

    November 3, 2010

    I did a Turkey Trot 10k last year…and totally loved it! Starting out the day with a great run was amazing! My husband and daughter were there to cheer me on and it was amazing to see them as I crossed the finish line, with my best 10k time ever! I had planned to do another 10k this Thanksgiving, but with money being a little tight (the fee is $45), I think I might just run a 10k on my own, around my neighborhood…my own Turkey Trot! Either way, I will be running!

    Teagan

    November 3, 2010

    your tweet about this was just the push i needed to go ahead and sign up for ours…the Hot to Trot 5k :) I will not be able to run the whole thing, but I’m fine with a walk/run on Turkey day :)

    roni

    November 3, 2010

    YAY! There’s nothing wrong with walking! :)

    Lynne

    November 3, 2010

    My sister and I have a gym date on Thanksgiving morning. We go to the same gym, live 10 min apart but never go to the gym together….EXCEPT on Thanksgiving! We used to try a class we haven’t done before but I think we’ve done them all.

    I feel pretty lucky that my Gold’s gym is open on Thanksgiving.

    Patty

    November 3, 2010

    So funny that this post title came up under picture of Ryan and your Hubs napping on the couch ! LOL I don’t have a plan in place for a Thanksgiving activity but I’m going to look into it. Thanks for the idea.

    CarolineC

    November 3, 2010

    Doing the Turkey Trot this year with two girlfriends. It will be the first 5K I’ve actually RUN the whole thing (I have two more weeks of C25K). I’m so excited!

    Kristina @ spabettie

    November 3, 2010

    YES !! I usually do the turkey trot here in town… the last few years we have been out of town and I couldn’t find one – I’d get up early and go on my own run :)

    Lori

    November 3, 2010

    I have been going to the gym for a charity class for the past two years but I am thinking of doing a 5k this year. I have a done a few of them and love the atmosphere. I have to check the times versus the timing of getting the bird in as we host Thanksgiving at our house. Either way I will definitely be out there doing something because I am having a piece of pie!

    roni

    November 3, 2010

    Lat year I put the bird in before I left. It was perfect! I got back and made the fixin’s. :)

    Julie

    November 3, 2010

    My first event as an official Person Who Runs is going to be a Turkey Trot this year. I’m so excited/nervous. We’re going to be traveling to Colorado to visit family and I’d love to have them join me, but instead I think I will have to settle for the biggest cheering section ever!

    Alissa

    November 3, 2010

    I’m definitely going to be more active on this Thanksgiving, too! And I plan on doing the same thing for the rest of my life. :)

    Yum Yucky

    November 3, 2010

    I will try to focus on trotting once I master the art of not serving the turkey while it’s still raw inside. Good this is, my cooking skillz get better every year, so I would hope the bird is fully cooked this year. Then I can trot in celebration

    Karla

    November 4, 2010

    We didn’t really when I was growing up, but I moved to the UK 23 years ago and figured I never would again. But, a few years ago, an English friend asked if I would do Thanksgiving for her as she always liked the idea of an event close to Christmas that had nothing to do with gifts but was more about being grateful for what you already had. I was thrilled at the idea, so, I did.

    She asked if there was anything she could do to help, so I asked her to make the pumpkin pie (you can get Libby’s here, in a few select places). She’d never seen one before, of course, so just followed the instructions on the tin of pumpkin! It turned out beautifully and we had a wonderful evening, taking a moment to say what we were all grateful for. It’s not a holiday here, of course, but I now take the Thursday and Friday off every year to prepare the dinner for her family and mine.

    My (English) husband finds an American football game to download off the internet and he plays it back “for the menfolk” in the living room while I cook and Jo keeps me company. Her kids run around with our dogs and her eldest (now 5) helps make the buttermilk biscuits. DH also found “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” for download, as well as a couple of other Thanksgiving type shows which we all settle down to watch after dinner.

    I’m getting a bit choked up just thinking about it! LOL

    Well, this year, we’re having 2 more friends as well; an American friend that I met on a UK American expat forum and her British husband. It’ll be a real houseful and I can’t wait!

    Amanda

    November 4, 2010

    I love this idea–The hubby and our 8 month old have started a tradition here. There is a 5K Mud Run just before Halloween every year where you can dress up and play in the mud if you like. www.mudrun.org — we’ve started that as our family tradition.

    r.bates

    November 4, 2010

    In the past football was the family tradition.
    Now I just make it a point not to over eat – too much!
    Then I am usually out raking leaves or something.

    Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama

    November 4, 2010

    I did the Turkey Trot last year and it was a nice way to start the day. Dave and I were just talking about what we were going to do this year. They have a 1k fun run that the kids can do, but we need to fight over who’s going to get the kids and who’s going to get the 5k! : )

    Denise

    November 4, 2010

    Turns out they’ve decided to create a Thanksgiving Day/Gratitude 5K in my very own neighborhood this year, so we won’t even have to get in the car in order to get our walk on!

    Donna

    November 4, 2010

    My husband and I signed up for the Fast Freddy 5 miler . I couldn’t find any Turkey Trots.

    Diane

    November 5, 2010

    I did my first Turkey Trot last year too! Acutally it was also the first time I ran a whole 5 K . It was a proud moment for me and the first huge running accomplishment so it holds a special place in my heart. Also, I have gotten in the habit of asking for an extra large shirt (the ones that they give you for doing these events) and I give to the husband. The Turkey Trot Tee is his fav so I will definitely need to get him another ;o) So Yes, I have started my Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Tradition and I am sticking with it. Now if I could just get him to join me…

    Emily L.

    November 5, 2010

    I’m so disappointed because the only race we have here (that I could find) was a 10k…I am sooo not ready for a 10k yet! And the hubby said he would do a 5k with me. I wonder if there is somewhere else I can look for a smaller race?

    BigTickles

    November 5, 2010

    We will be doing our first turkey trot this year and I am EXTREMELY excited because It is supporting a cause close to my heart..autism.

    My other tradition…making it through the holidays without hurting a relative. ;-)

    roni

    November 5, 2010

    Emily – Try this site.. http://runningintheusa.com/Race/Default.aspx

    Sometimes I find races there that aren’t on active.com

    Good luck!!

    Emily L.

    November 5, 2010

    Thanks Roni! That definitely gave me a few more options!

    TLH

    November 5, 2010

    My family and I always go for a walk after dinner; it really invigorates us. We take the pets, too. I love your idea of a 5K.

    Jes

    November 7, 2010

    We only have a 5K run in our town, and I am just beginning a walking program, but I’m inspired to get out and walk on Thanksgiving morning! It will just be me and my ipod, but it’ll feel good to burn some calories.