Cranberries, Potatoes, Stuffing... Turkey Trot
Bring your family and friends to get your appetites up and hearts pumping at the 38th Annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 23. Scott Kashman, Chief Acute Care Officer at Lee Health, participates every year for the 5K run and walk race.
“People who know me know that I love to move,” Scott says. “But I wasn’t always a competitor in local runs and triathlons. I was always into health and wellness but wasn’t consistent earlier in life.”
In 2003 and 35 lbs. heavier, Scott approached a trainer at his gym and let him know he needed to get his health back on track. The trainer shared with him the benefits of eating healthier and incorporating a running regime. “I went for a run and had to stop after half a mile,” Scott says. “The trainer saw me walk back in and asked if I was now willing to change my eating habits, and I told him I would keep running.”
After a few months, Scott became a stronger runner and incorporated better nutrition into his diet, now most of what he eats is plant-based and whole foods. “My weight dropped and my energy soared,” he says. “I’ve been running consistently ever since.”
Along with running, biking, swimming, and weight training, Scott also has incorporated mindfulness meditation into his routines to boost his mental health.
The 38th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk is scheduled Nov. 23 at Wellness Center — Cape Coral, located at 609 SE 13th Ct., Cape Coral. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds from the event will help construct Cape Coral Hospital’s Pathway to Discovery and benefit Fort Myers Track Club youth scholarships. For more information, call 239-332-4786. To register for the race, visit www.ftmyerstrackclub.com.
Running Tip: Pace yourself and enjoy reaching the milestones along the way. Know that with everything you do, keep training for life!