Life Magazine: Turkey Trot Prepped & Ready

Turkey Trot Prepped & Ready

Will you be huffin’ and puffin’ before the stuffin’?  With just 3 weeks left until the Turkey Trot, who’s committed to crossing the finish line Thanksgiving morning?  Whether you jumped on board last month or are just starting now, there is still time to start training.  Lucky for you, the Turkey Trot is perfect for all ages and all levels of fitness.  Not sure if you can run a 5k?  No worries, walking is welcomed!  I promise there will be plenty of people casually walking, exchanging last-minute recipe ideas, and preparing their bodies for the holiday feast ahead.

To get you prepped and ready for action, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Select a race and register online today. With a quick google search, you’ll easily be able to find the Tamarac Turkey Trot (my personal pick) or the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot & Paddle.  Early bird registration is $25.  Space is limited and registration prices will increase.  Do this today!
  2. Sign up with a friend.  You don’t have to run together, but you’ll be MUCH more likely to show up Thanksgiving morning if you have a partner with you. 
  3. Practice.  I recommend practicing at least once in the morning to test how your body will respond to waking up early and whether or not eating breakfast before running it smart for you.
  4. Hydrate.  Drink at least 64 ounces of water every day leading up to the event.  I promise, your body will thank you for this.
  5. Have fun! 

And just so you know, I run slower than a pack of turkeys stampeding through gravy-soaked mashed potatoes, but you’ll still see me there giving it my all.  Remember, it’s not about how fast you go, it’s about showing up for a goal you’ve set for yourself, surrounding yourself with like-minded people, and starting this new Thanksgiving tradition together.  Let’s do this!

Thanksgiving Calorie Count

While many of us would need to run a marathon to burn off our Thanksgiving dinner, the Turkey Trot will help lighten the load with an average of 400 calories burned.  *Note that calorie counts are estimated based on industry averages.

  • 6 oz. turkey + 1/4 cup gravy (319 calories)
  • 1 cup of stuffing (380 calories)
  • 1 slice of apple pie (411 calories)
  • 4 slabs of butter (404 calories)

Want to Lighten Up Your Thanksgiving?

Cut calories with these healthy food swaps!

  • Swap heavy, fat-laden mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower instead.  Boil or steam cauliflower, mash, and prepare with non-fat greek yogurt or low-fat milk.
  • Swap sugar-stuffed sweet potato casserole for a plain baked sweet potatoes served with toppings such as cinnamon and stevia (natural sugar) on the side.
  • Swap creamy, fried-onion-filled, green bean casserole for a healthy, lower calorie version of steamed green beans and slivered almond.


[Originally published in November 2015 Coral Springs/Parkland Life MagazineCoconut Creek Life Magazine]

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