Trotting Before the Turkey? Don't Forget To Stretch Before You Run

Trotting Before the Turkey? Don't Forget To Stretch Before You Run

If you’re looking to feel better about your feasting, you might start your Thanksgiving Day with a run in one of Charlotte’s Turkey Trot road races.

With a variety of settings and distances, these fun-for-the-family events help folks warm their muscles and burn a few calories before the big meal.

Even if you haven’t run all year, you can try a trot, says Chase Eckard, assistant manager at highly rated Run for Your Life’s University location.

But don’t forget to stretch.

“For the average person, stretching and warming up properly is one of most important things to do,” he says, “and not just the old-school bend over and touch your toes.”

Eckard says you want a dynamic warmup, such as high knees or jumping jacks.

Another good stretch is a ballerina walk on your toes or a heel walk to warm up and stretch your calf muscles.

“Your body will tell you when to slow down, but you need some help to prevent real soreness,” he says.

After the race, however fast you go, continue walking to cool down and let your heart rate calm. This may be a good time for some static stretching; just bend and lean.

If you’re concerned about soreness, massage your muscles (or get a friend to help) and ice them 15-30 minutes after your run, he says.

Mostly, enjoy this jump start to your metabolism, and the tasty re-fueling you’ll do later in the day.

Here are a few local Turkey Trots:

Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot

Lake Norman Turkey Trot

Turkey Dash Charlotte

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot (Mooresville)

Highland Creek Turkey Trot

Looking to stay in shape this holiday season? Check out our guide to fitness training or try one our highly rated personal trainers.

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