2017 FALL RUNNING/WALKING SEASON PREVIEW PLANNING
THANKSGIVING DAY IS THE NUMBER ONE most popular race day in the country according to RunningUSA.com post in 2016. Do you want to be prepared to join the fun and run a 5K race? If you’ve not participated before, the Earned Runs Turkey Trot with (optional) Track Day Training Plan for beginners will start Monday September 11 this year. It’s based on a plan developed by Mario Fraioli for Competitor.com. In 10 weeks, with a few travel days to spare, you will be ready. Look for it to be posted shortly before or after Labor Day, September 4
Halloween and Day of the Dead: Turkey Trot Previews?
Halloween is the second most popular day to run a road race! Some beginners training with the Earned Runs Turkey Trot plan would be able to perform the long workout scheduled for October 28, as a practice event (not raced), on a 5K course that allowed at least 60 minutes to finish. More details would be provided closer to race day. Thus, a Halloween 5k scheduled October 28 or 29 might be a chance to experience a preview of an upcoming Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving.
That day (October 28) the workout session includes a 5-minute warm-up walk, then 27-minute run/walk (3 rounds of 8 minutes running followed by 1 minute walking), then 5 minutes cool-down walk for a total of 37 minutes. Trainees with previous experience walking at least 3 miles a session could make up the remaining distance by walking.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, will be celebrated in the USA from October 31-November 2 in 2017. Festivals are held in some locations in the US and may include 5K races. The weekends of October 27-29 and November 3-5 flank the official midweek ‘Dead’ holiday that festivals might be scheduled then. As in the case of Halloween, some Turkey Trot trainees may be able to participate with their scheduled workout.
On November 4, the workout session includes a 5-minute warm-up walk, then 33-minute run/walk (3 rounds of 10 minutes running followed by 1 minute walking), then 5 minutes cool-down walk for a total of 43 minutes.
Best to think ahead if you need a bit of extra time to train for a 5k on Thanksgiving.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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