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Friday, October 25, 2013

Fit For Holidays! Thanksgiving Day Race 10K!

Started in 1908, Greater Cincinnati's turkey day run is the sixth oldest race in America, behind only the Boston Marathon and a handful of other nearly century-old events, according to Runner's World Magazine.***

It's time to be an athlete & Get Fit For The Holidays, The Thanksgiving Day Race 10K! Take on an Urban Fitness Challenge & Cincinnati Tradition of a 6.2mile race through Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.

Holiday Fitness Goals:
1. Be Active & Physical on Thanksgiving
2. Burn Calories so You Can Eat Lots of Turkey, Stuffings, & Pumpkin Pie
3. Challenge Your Lungs & Strength of Your Heart
4. Take on a New Fitness Adventure
5. Make a Foot Race a Team Effort
6. Increase Your Mental & Physical Toughness

Race Tips:
1. Sign up & pick up your race day packets ahead of time it's really packed on race day morning.
2. Eat about 1.5 hours ahead of time a combination of carbs & protein, take a pre race caffeine 30-15 minutes prior to race. Eat healthy & hydrate the day prior.
3. Wear Tight Synthetic Clothes for body temperature regulation & performance. It will be cold: 
  • shorts or long running pants 
  • short sleeve shirt with light jacket/long sleeve shirt you can tie around your waist when warm
  • long sleeve shirt
  • warm headband for ears or hat
  • sunglasses
4. Parking is crazy downtown near the stadiums, plan for plenty of extra time or to avoid all the traffic park 5th-7th street lots & walk down to 2nd street. If you are going down in a group drive down together it's very difficult to locate each other pre race.
5. Bring race day energy gu packets in case you need fuel during the race.
6. The course: starts near paul brown stadium, past fountain square, through over the rhine, over the river through  newport & covington, back over the river straight to the finish line near paul brown stadium.... run, run-walk, or walk the race....just FINISH!

Additional Tips:
1. A lot of families do this together as a tradition & show up in matching fun or thanksgiving themed outfits. 
2. Enjoy the Experience: the scenery, the people, the outfits.
3. Fitness Challenges take us out of our normal lives & bring us back to the physical basics of sweat & heart.
4. Sprint to The Finish Line!

What gives the race its unusually rich heritage is the emotional hold it has on those who run in it, luring many back year after year. Many runners have competed in 20, 30 or more Thanksgiving Day races, which draw old high school or college track teams back for annual reunions, families who run together and others who apparently feel that a brisk six-mile-plus run is the perfect way to work up a good appetite for their turkey dinner later in the day. ***

I want you to LOVE your Athlete Lifestyle, Life's a Sport! -Danielle

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