Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots: 8-week 5K training program

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots: 8-week 5K training program

Thanksgiving Day turkey trots are just around the corner, and believe it or not, there’s still time train!

The 5K training program I’ve put together starts THIS SUNDAY, October 3rd. Don’t worry, your first day is a rest day. (Thanks, Coach!) If you can trot for 5 1-minute increments with a 90-second pause in between each, you can gobble up this program! In just 8-weeks from now, you’ll be huffin’ for the stuffin’ when you cross that finish line. What’s more fun than that? Bring the whole family along and dress up like the bunch of turkeys you are! Here’s a link some festive costume ideas.

-Check out my “10 things I wish I knew before I started running” post.
-Make sure you have good running shoes!
-Write down your goals somewhere you can see them.
-Print the training plan out and tape it up somewhere.  Cross off the days you’ve completed!
-Start slow.  There is no need for speed in this program. Find a pace where you can breathe easy and talk if you choose to.
-Download a good running playlist. Here are two new ones I’m currently listening to.
-Reach out to me with ANY questions, motivational moments, etc through the process. I’d love to hear how your training is going!
-Register for the race. It will keep you motivated!

Click here to download the 8-week Thanksgiving 5K Training Plan

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A 5 min walk, 150-second run, 1-minute walk, repeat 5 times, 5 min walk means the following:

-Walk for 5 minutes at a brisk pace to warm up

-Run for 150 seconds and then walk for 1 minute for a breather.  Now repeat the run/walk portion 4 more times for a total of 5 segments.

-Walk for 5 minutes at a cool-down pace

CROSSTRN stands for Crosstrain.  Here are some examples: biking, briskly walking for 20-30 minutes, taking a long walk with your dog, aggressively cleaning the house, and yoga.  You get it.  Just move your body around and get your heart rate up for around 30 minutes.

QUESTION: Do you like to exercise on Thanksgiving Day morning?  What’s your favorite way to spend Thanksgiving morning? I’d love to know in the comments section below.


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    November 26, 2015

    I ran my first 5k today, with the help of your training plan. Thanks so much & happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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    October 4, 2015

    This is just what I was looking for! thank you!!

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