The holidays are here. It's a time for joy and family and wonder. It's also a time for short days, cold weather (for most of you), tight schedules, and a smorgasbord of holiday goodies. In short, it's an easy time for running plans to get derailed, but that doesn't mean that it's inevitable. Here's some tips to help you navigate the holidays as a runner.
Know Your Goals
Maybe you're training for an upcoming event, or maybe you're just trying to avoid the usual holiday weight gain. Whatever your goal is make sure you keep it in mind, maybe even write it on a note where you'll see it. Knowing why you're doing what you're doing will help keep you accountable.
If you rely on just finding time somewhere for your run, it's not going to happen. Look at your week ahead and plan your runs around other events to make sure you actually get it done. Also, know that you are probably going to be running in less than ideal conditions at some point. Planning for it and making sure you have the right gear for the cold and dark will help you avoid missing runs.
Take Time for Yourself
Holidays are stressful, and for many of us running is our stress relief. Don't feel guilty about taking time for yourself, even of that means skipping part or all of an event.
Relax a Bit Too
A missed run for a party or an extra cookie isn't going to derail your fitness, and you don't need to "earn" the right to indulge. Treat yourself a little. Just remember, and extra of every flavor of cookie might be overdoing it a tad.
Plan Running Fun
Ugly sweater runs, santa runs, Christmas lights runs, hill repeats with sledding in between. There's lots of ways to have holiday fun while running, and chances are you already have running friends
With a little planning, a little humor, and remembering why you do what you do you can come out the other end of the holidays ready for yuor upcoming year as a runner.