Get Off Your Butt and Turkey Trot


No matter how many excuses you come up with, I’m writing this post to combat your laziness- and mine. Participating in a Thanksgiving run should be part of the turkey-eating season, whether you’re a runner in tip-top shape, or whether your running skills fall below gold-medal status (I’m the latter, so there’s certainly no judgment here). I have good reasoning for why you and I should incorporate a little movement into our Turkey days:

  1. Hello, we know how much food you’re going to eat. A 5k wouldn’t even burn off the calories from licking the inside of the mashed potato bowl, and I’m not even counting the pumpkin pie here. Regardless of if you count calories or not, you have to admit that the caloric intake of Thanksgiving constitutes about 500% of what we’re supposed to get in one day. So run a 5k to try and balance out all that stuffing.
  2. It usually benefits a good cause. The YMCA has a Turkey Trot that helps impoverished kids throughout Maryland, and The Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot raises money for a charity that provides food and financial assistance to families in critical or emergency situations. The Turkey Tumble in Baltimore benefits Autism research, and there are plenty more races that benefit good causes. We have so much to be thankful for, and spreading blessings to other people that might not have nearly as much simply makes Thanksgiving better.
  3. Push yourself! I am not a runner. I work out all the time, but running is not my forte. I read a quote somewhere (probably on Pinterest) that said “Do something that scares you every day”. Now, I’m not going to go skydiving or bungee jumping just because Pinterest told me to. But I think that quote holds valuable wisdom. If, like me, you don’t swoon over the idea of trying to run 3.1 miles, it’s perfectly understandable. It will probably challenge, frustrate, and most of all, exhaust you.But, to quote Kanye- and Kelly Clarkson- if it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. Why not push yourself farther than you want to be pushed and go outside of your comfort zone? If just trying something challenging isn’t enough to motivate you, go back and read number 2 again. Push yourself out of your boundaries (for a good cause), and maybe you’ll finally stop taking the elevator up ONE level in Liberal Arts. Please, people, the stairs won’t kill you.
  4. There’s one going on at good old TU. Towson’s 31st annual Turkey Run happens on Sunday, November 24th. In addition to the 5k, there will be a 1 mile walk, awesome activities, (we’re in the process of planning them now!) and awards. Who doesn’t want a trophy?! If you’re staying in the area for break or if you live around here, bring family and friends to the race. Students get a discount! Whoop whoop.

I’m hoping that these reasons convince you to push yourself to run a race this Thanksgiving, and in the process change the life of someone who is less fortunate than you. If none of the races listed here suit you, you can find all Maryland races here:

Happy running! Image

-Paige Whipple

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