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If your family is anything like mine, on Thanksgiving morning, you will get up and do a Turkey Trot. “It’s tradition!” they say, dragging you from your bed and out to the freezing-cold starting line at the local high school. For me, it’s not the running that’s the problem; it’s the pre-dawn wake-up call — on a *holiday* — that makes me question if I should finally start pleading sick, only to make a miraculous recovery right before cocktail hour. After many, many years, though, the best advice I can give is to surrender. This Turkey Trot is your fate. Embrace it. Save your energy for avoiding your great-aunt’s prying questions into your personal life.
I’m a believer in the whole “gear makes the race” mentality, so if you’re not feeling the Turkey Day 5K (or, god help you, half-marathon), just grab the most spirited attire you can find and fake it till you make it. Here are seven obnoxiously turkey-themed options to help, from tutus to turkey drumstick headbands to the classic turkey hat. (Buy tutus for the whole fam, and maybe they’ll let you sleep in an extra five minutes?) Happy trotting!