I don’t know about you but the weeks leading up to Christmas can be pretty busy ones. What with Christmas shopping, parties, social gatherings, and not to mention the weather, it can make you want to snuggle up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book or box set.
So how do you keep motivated amid all this? What’s the key to keep running over the festive season?
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Keep it regular, even if that means going shorter
Once you get into the habit of running then it makes it easier to keep heading out of the door. But at times when you just can’t see where you can fit it in try to keep the regular habit but adjust your running.
Maybe you always do 30-45 minute mid week runs plus a long run over an hour at the weekend. Once you’ve changed, ran and showered that could be more like an hour out of your day. So if you just can’t find the time think about shortening your runs. There is no harm in running for 20 minutes if it helps you to fit it in with your social life and keeps you running.
If you feel that 20 minutes isn’t much of a work out then try running it as a speed session to really get your heart pumping.
Run at different times
If you are looking at your diary and all your evenings are full of nativity plays, drinks and parties then try running at different times. Try a morning run before everything gets too busy or during your lunch break. Or if you live in running distance of work try a run commute. It may not be what you are used to but sometimes it’s good to mix things up. You may find that you prefer running at a time you’ve never tried before.
Sign up to a Santa Dash
Ever been in town and found yourself surrounded by running Santas? I have and it’s quite a sight.
There are quite a few Santa events in December, most of them are 5k races, some provide you with Santa suits, some just the hat, but they are all a lot of fun. Don’t race them for a PB though, just run for the Christmas spirit, try and get a friend to run with you and just enjoy.
Run with a friend
Christmas is a time to see friends so why not combine the two? Invite your running buddy for a Christmas run, arrange to meet up with a non running friend at a coffe shop at the end of your run, be social with your running!
The last few Christmases I have done just that. One friend invites everyone over to hers for a run followed by coffee and mince pies. Last year we ran on Christmas Eve and it was a rather blustery, windy and grey morning and if I’d been on my own I just wouldn’t have ran. However, knowing I’d have company, I’d be running a different route from normal and that we had coffee and cake waiting for us really made the difference!
Don’t plan a long run the day after a party
No one likes running with a hangover! No matter how much you tell yourself that a run in the fresh air will do you the world of good you are likely to either not run or have such a miserable time doing it you will wish you hadn’t had that third glass of prosecco.
So just don’t do it! Try and get out before the party if you can or rearrange your runs around it.
Of course, you may be a sensible person when it comes to cocktails and parties (or the designated driver) and you know you will be hangover free. But if there is the slightest chance you may say yes to that extra glass of something…
Do you find yourself running less over the festive season? Or do you have tips to make sure you keep running and stay active?