Just in case you haven't noticed the infiltration of pumpkin everything, Thanksgiving is officially around the corner. Most people associate this holiday with the chance to spend quality time with family and friends, enjoy (too much) good food, and laze around on the couch in a tryptophan-induced coma.
However, a growing number of people are forging a healthier Thanksgiving tradition—one that breaks the mold and helps offset that second helping of stuffing.
In 2011, Thanksgiving officially replaced the Fourth of July as the most popular race date of the year. "Turkey Trots"—primarily 5k and 10k distance races—are plentiful. If you're new to the race scene, or you're just looking for a more active way to celebrate the holiday, these events are for you.
Still, pinning on a race number and signing up for an event is a scary proposition for many runners—especially first-time racers. Here are three strategies for overcoming your fear of running a race: