Turkey Trot = Guilt Free Eating?

Doing a Turkey Trot before the big meal?

Runners, joggers and even the occasional slap-on-the-running-shoes-to-walk-the-dog-and-cruise-the-neighborhood people are doing a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Some of these events are 10K runs, but most are 5K, which is 3.1 miles.

It is a tradition for some people to do these and many of these events are advertised as the way to start the day and allow “guilt free” eating later on.

As much as I hate for people to feel guilty about eating since I’m a big fan of eating myself, I’m about to break some news to some of you…doing a 5K or even a 10K does not “justify” over-eating on Thursday.

Fact: you will barely burn off one slice of pie running a 5K (or even walking a 5K).

Assuming the following: 5K = 3.1 miles = completed in 31 minutes = 6 mph = 10 minute mile.

  • A 125-pound person will burn about 285 calories: about 1 piece of pumpkin pie without whipped cream.
  • A 175-pound person will burn about 400 calories: less than 1 piece of pecan pie.

Of course if you run a 10K, 6.2 miles then you burn more calories, but still not enough to cover the Thanksgiving meal.

This is not to suggest that you shouldn’t do your local Turkey Trot tomorrow. Please do! And consider doing another one on Friday and Saturday.

Note: one single day of over-eating will not cause weight gain. It is consistently over-eating that contributes to weight gain.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2 thoughts on “Turkey Trot = Guilt Free Eating?

  1. Iman says:

    What a negative and discouraging post really !!
    For heavens sake, please everyone enjoy your morning run/walk with your family and same for your meal….don’t think much about food ..and don’t feel guilty or have a guilt free meal ..enjoy it ! space your food and don’t stuff all the food at one time..remember there will be always leftovers.

    • Shelley Rael, MS RD LD says:

      I’m confused as to WHY this is negative and discouraging: it is the truth.

      I encouraged people to DO the Turkey Trot, but not be misled into thinking it can be an excuse to eat more than they should. I don’t believe in mis-leading people. Doing so leads people down the wrong path.

      I encourage people to enjoy the food for Thanksgiving as well, which one would see if the read my other posts too. I don’t believe in guilt around food, but don’t want people to think a 350 calorie run negates a dinner/meal 10 times those calories.

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