RACE DAY: ADVANCE PLANNING FOR YOUR TURKEY TROT Megan Harrington introduces information about race day running/ walking that first time Turkey Trot participants may wish to consider in her article for ACTIVE.com, “How to Run a Better Race.”
Harrington’s race day strategizing includes developing tactical plans for: starting position, pacing, where on the road to run, hill running, and finishing.
Although Thanksgiving is several weeks in the future, reviewing the event’s course on line might help decrease last minute jitters for newbies. Obviously, walking or running it in person can further familiarize those who wish to finish with a speedy time. Asking a friend or family member to recall surprises encountered on a first-time run is another way to prepare.
If finish time isn’t a concern, planning is simplified, but still important. Note should be taken of packet/t-shirt pick-up time and place, race accommodations for parking, checking clothes, expected weather and potential for taking shelter before and after the race if conditions will be wet or snowy. Seeking advice from event veterans is always helpful.
Turkey Trot races are meant to be fun events. Planning ahead can insure that you and your group get to the start line, cover the distance in the expected time period, experience the accomplishment of finishing, and return home to enjoy the remainder of the holiday without significant discomfort or incident.
Planning can be one of the most fun aspect of participating in a Turkey Trot; the time has arrived to start!
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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