Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Happiness--How to Keep Running to Keep Sane Throughout the Holidays!

The cold weather is already here, Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and Christmas and New Years  are just around the corner!

 I don’t know about you, but this time of year is the hardest time for me to stick with a running routine. It’s either too cold, or there is something much more appealing to do like sleep in for an extra hour or watch TV after work.

So, I did a little research and here are some suggestions I found to keep us all running through the holidays! 

·         Schedule Your Runs
o   You’ll be more likely to run if you've already scheduled it into your day.

·         Be Prepared with a Home Workout
o   Sometimes you won’t have enough time to make it to the gym, or there’s a huge snow storm, so you can’t make it out for a run. Have a workout you can do inside, at your house, so that you stay in a routine.

·         Add Some Holiday Cheer to Your Runs
o   Wear a Santa hat or reindeer antlers on your next run. Run when it’s dark out and look at all of the Christmas lights. Download Christmas music on your iPod and listen to it on your next run.

·         Be Flexible
o   Although you should schedule your runs, life happens. If something comes up and you can’t run as long as you originally planned, something is better than nothing--don’t skip your run completely. Also, if you have a holiday party planned for after work, when you usually workout, wake up an hour earlier and get it done in the morning.

·         Run a Holiday Race
o   The Thanksgiving Day 10K, The Jingle Bell Run, The Egg Nog Jog, Holiday in Lights, etc.

·         Get a Family Member to Join You
o   This way no one can guilt trip you for going out for a run instead of spending time with the family. And if they aren’t as fast as you, ask them to join you for a recovery run or walk.  

·         Sign Up For a Future Race
For instance, the Flying Pig Full or Half Marathon—knowing you have a big race in a few months will definitely keep you going!

Holidays can be just as stressful as they are fun, so to keep sane, stick with your running routine and enjoy all of the delicious holiday foods (almost) guilt free!

Happy Running!

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