Running During the Holidays

Christmas Running Motivation

With the holiday season starting it can be difficult to stick to your running plan. Many people feel the temptation to put their running on the back burner until after the New Year. And with all of the parties, dinners, family visits, shopping, and everything else that comes at this time of year it is really easy to find a valid excuse for not lacing up. Here are a few ways to keep your motivation up and have fun running this holiday season.

Don’t be so Rigid

Just because you have a training plan or routine doesn’t mean that you can’t change things up once and awhile. If you have a dinner party to get ready for on your long run day, than it is ok to go out for a shorter run, or do some cross training instead.  Like they say a short run is better than no run at all.

Make it Festive

Try and add a little holiday spirit to your running routine to help keep the motivation flowing. Trying something like an advent calendar with a little treat foreach successful day. Or try making a theme like the 12 days of Christmas to inspire you.  Even planning a few runs during the evening can help set the mood as you run through the neighborhood and enjoy all of the Christmas decorations that have been put up.

Holiday Running Motivation

Do Some Holiday Shopping

Why not buy a present for someone special . . .   you! Get yourself a new running outfit, or those awesome new running shoes you have been waiting for. Instead of saving them though start using them right away, knowing that you have great new stuff will help you want to be out there that much more.

Get Competitive

Sign up for a holiday race. Having a 5k or 10k coming up will make sure that you have to get your runs in. It will also give you something to look forward to, and connect your passion for running to the holiday season.

Think about all that Holiday Stuff

If nothing else is working think about all the extra dinners, and sweets, and cocktails that you will be having over the holidays. Your guilty conscience and healthy mindset will push you out the door. If you are still having trouble remember that you have to make it though over a month of family gatherings and visits without throttling any in-laws or annoying uncles. If there is a time to hit the road and let off some steam this is it!

Running During the Holidays

Christmas Running Motivation

With the holiday season starting it can be difficult to stick to your running plan. Many people feel the temptation to put their running on the back burner until after the New Year. And with all of the parties, dinners, family visits, shopping, and everything else that comes at this time of year it is really easy to find a valid excuse for not lacing up. Here are a few ways to keep your motivation up and have fun running this holiday season.

Don’t be so Rigid

Just because you have a training plan or routine doesn’t mean that you can’t change things up once and awhile. If you have a dinner party to get ready for on your long run day, than it is ok to go out for a shorter run, or do some cross training instead.  Like they say a short run is better than no run at all.

Make it Festive

Try and add a little holiday spirit to your running routine to help keep the motivation flowing. Trying something like an advent calendar with a little treat foreach successful day. Or try making a theme like the 12 days of Christmas to inspire you.  Even planning a few runs during the evening can help set the mood as you run through the neighborhood and enjoy all of the Christmas decorations that have been put up.

Holiday Running Motivation

Do Some Holiday Shopping

Why not buy a present for someone special . . .   you! Get yourself a new running outfit, or those awesome new running shoes you have been waiting for. Instead of saving them though start using them right away, knowing that you have great new stuff will help you want to be out there that much more.

Get Competitive

Sign up for a holiday race. Having a 5k or 10k coming up will make sure that you have to get your runs in. It will also give you something to look forward to, and connect your passion for running to the holiday season.

Think about all that Holiday Stuff

If nothing else is working think about all the extra dinners, and sweets, and cocktails that you will be having over the holidays. Your guilty conscience and healthy mindset will push you out the door. If you are still having trouble remember that you have to make it though over a month of family gatherings and visits without throttling any in-laws or annoying uncles. If there is a time to hit the road and let off some steam this is it!

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