WARM UP AND ENJOY THANKSGIVING DAY Turkey Trotters who haven’t prepared specifically for a Thanksgiving Day race but are confident in their ability to cover the 3.1 miles distance of a 5k might find themselves feeling stiff and achy once the race begins. Especially as they push off after the start signal. Even those who have trained can become stiff as a result of a prolonged lull after dynamic stretching and mobility routines have been accomplished. During the 10-20 + minute wait in the thick of the pack before the race, chilly morning conditions can have an adverse effect on soft tissues. Rather than enjoying a smooth couple of miles, some might be gritting their teeth and enduring the experience.
K. Aleisha Fetters offers a quick routine that can be performed during the pre-race wait that might be of help in warming those cold tissues. “6 Moves That Prime Your Body for a Winter Run. Sidestep joint pain with this simple pre-run routine” that was posted by RunnersWorld.com.
Runners and walkers can move through this routine as they exchange greetings with other waiting race participants. Arm rotations, ankle rotations, head rotations, trunk twisters, knee circles, and even leg swings can be accomplished easily. If support is needed, hold onto the handy shoulder of a friend or a street sign- or lamp-post. Repeat the moves a couple times if the wait becomes longer than expected.
Enjoy every bit of this Thanksgiving Day tradition!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in 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.
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