Save the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and Grandma's pumpkin pie until lunch and just let the thoughts of your soon-to-be enormous lunch spur you on to finish the Annual YMCA Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is an annual race held on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Dallas. They have a 3-mile and 8-mile route. The route begins at the City Hall and makes its way winding through the downtown area. You can look at the route map at the website.
This doesn't have to be an event only for the fitness gurus. There are people with all types of fitness levels participating, some to win, some walking, some just for fun with the family, and some with their dogs, and most do it to make themselves feel better about the massive quantities of food they are about to engulf come lunchtime. What better way to start of the most fattening holiday ever than with a morning jog.
My family and our cousins now run in the Turkey Trot every year, not competitively, but just to have fun, and it is a blast. You can find out all the details on the website, http://www.thetrot.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Page&PageID=1000000. It will have information on cost and location. The race starts around 9am, and they have snacks/drinks for you after the race is finished. It's a win-win situation; it's good for you, it makes you feel better, and most importantly, it makes you even hungrier for lunch, so you can stuff your face with even more turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes with extra marshmallows.