Now that Halloween has passed, it's time to gear up for another holiday - Thanksgiving! In addition to the fun tradition of roasting a turkey and preparing the dressings, one of my favorite traditions is a pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. There is nothing better than waking up a bit early, bundling up and running a 10-K before coming home to take a nice nap before getting all the food in the oven.
Preparing for a 5K or 10K Turkey Trot is also a great way to slowly ease into my marathon training as well! Depending on your current weekly mileage, you won't need to adjust too much other than your speed - if you want to try and work on your race PR's :-). With my workout schedule, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays work best for my training schedule. For Tuesday I usually try to run between 4-6 miles on the treadmill, focusing on one of the best speed training techniques - descending intervals. Descending intervals involve slowly increasing your speed while decreasing the time for each speed increase. (I.E. warm-up for 5 minutes, then increase your base speed by .5 mph for 2.5 minutes, go back to base speed for 2.5 minutes, then increase your base speed by 1.0 mph for 2 minutes, return to your base speed for 2 minutes, etc. until you reach 30 seconds, then return to your base speed for 5 minutes, and repeat 2-3 times).
Turkey day is only a few weeks away - so now is the time to sign up for a race in your area! I will be participating in the Prospect Park Turkey Trot,but Google around for Turkey Day races in your area - you won't regret it! Last year I ran the Dana Point Turkey Trot, and I have to say it was by far my favorite race with great views of the Pacific Ocean. :-)