For the Americans in the audience, you know what tomorrow is.
For those of you from somewhere else in the world, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in America.
Also known as the day that we take our collective gluttonous ways to a whole new level.
All across America tomorrow, people will be bellying up to the dinner table and by they time the meal is over their bellies will have pushed them back an inch or two.
And in all honesty, I’m ok with it.
Look, at the end of the day, the things that we eat absolutely impact our how we are able to run.
The more we weigh, the more pounding our bodies take with each step and the more effort is required to move us from point A to point B.
But on special occasions, and major holidays can absolutely count as special occasions, it’s ok to over indulge.
That said, here are 3 things to keep in mind for those of you that will be feasting this year.
Thanksgiving Reminders for Runners
- Thanksgiving is One Day, Not a Four Day Weekend/Food Coma: This is a big one. If you can make Thanksgiving into one meal instead of one day, that’s even better. But I’m not going to ask you to do something I have no intention of doing. Thanksgiving Day, to me at least, has always been about spending time with family and eating a lot of food. Both of those are on my agenda for tomorrow. But once Friday gets here, it’s back to eating intelligently. Leftovers are fine, but keep the quantities under control and make sure to add in plenty of fresh fruits and veg. The fiber will probably come in handy…
- Run a Little Extra: And I don’t mean from one store to the next on Friday looking for the best deal. If you’re reading this post, odds are you’re a bit of a runner. And if you don’t work retail, odds are you’ve got 3-4 days off in a row. Take advantage of that time to sleep in a little bit and run a little more. Or in my case, run a lot more. Either way, days off from work are days on for running, so take advantage.
- Eat. All. The. Food: There’s nothing healthy about eating on Thanksgiving. Even if you’re eating all organics and free range and what not, it’s still going to be rich and heavy. And most likely delicious. So go hog wild tomorrow. Have two pieces of pie. Hell, have 3. I mean after all…
Happy Thanksgiving y’all!
Be safe. Have fun. And I’ll see you next week!