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Welcome to the Official Site of The Y in Central Maryland Turkey Trot Charity 5K! We are excited to have you join us for this Thanksgiving morning tradition.

Adults, children and families from across the region come together to not only run (or walk, jog, stroll), but to raise funds so that children living in poverty in Central Maryland have access to Y programs that will forever shape their lives.

Thank you for being part of something good on Thanksgiving Morning!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Turkey Trot Training - 6 Weeks Left!

We are six weeks away from the Turkey Trot Charity 5K! That means six weeks to do one or more of the following:

  1. shave seconds or minutes off your 5K time
  2. improve your stride
  3. create a new running playlist (more on this next week!)
  4. add miles to your runs (or walks)
  5. make your runs (or walks) more interesting!
The runners or walkers who get lost in their stride are an incredible group of people, but not all of us can log the miles without a little more incentive. Here are some ideas to keep yourself motivated:

  • recruit someone to run with you - for a lot of us, having someone to talk to makes all the difference, or someone to hold you accountable
  • reward yourself - come up with rewards and treat yourself to something as you hit your goals. That something may be "run two miles, four days this week and then I will get that lip balm I have been staring at" and then the next week, "I will run two miles, twice this week and three miles, twice this week. My reward: I will treat myself to a new water bottle (or pedicure, or night out, or whatever works for you)!" Be sure to write it down and fulfill your promise to yourself.
  • share your success - tell your friends and family, whether it is on Facebook, email, text, etc. that you ran x miles today or you improved your time. The support and feedback from them will keep you moving forward.
  • switch up your route - this is not only beneficial for your safety, but your body and mind. Try to join a friend at a different location when schedules allow.
  • games - 1. pick an item of clothing or a flower type or a car type (something numerous) and "count" every time you see one when on your run. 2. pick a landmark in the distance and pick up your pace until you get to it, then return to your normal speed
  • find a mantra - choose a phrase that is empowering to you and hold onto it. Repeat it as you run. Write it on your arm or hand to peek at as you run.

  • Other ideas on how to mix it up posted earlier this year.
Keep up the great work! You are almost there!

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