The holiday season can be a challenging time to keep up a running program. It’s hard enough to get in the habit of running several times a week. Even if we do make it a habit to several times a week, it’s easy give it up when the weather turns cold and we get busy with holiday preparation.
Sign up for a race – For Thanksgiving, our family has made a tradition of doing our local 5K Turkey Trot. We also do a family annual Christmas Eve run. Locally, I’ve seen a sponsored Ugly Sweater Run, a Santa Run, and various other holiday themed runs. I can’t wait to rock reindeer ears with my ugly reindeer sweater.
Get the Family Involved – Mini races around the block or a jog to the nearest hot chocolate joint make running fun for children. My spouse and I love signing up for the same race and meeting at the finish line since we don’t run the same pace.
I can’t stress the importance of a good pair of running shoes. Be kind to your feet. You won’t want to run if your shoes cause blisters or chafing. Many local running stores have shoe specialists that will analyze running gait and will suggest several brands based on foot type. This is how I first discovered my first pair of Mizuno shoes and have since run out several pair. I’m currently using the Mizuno Wave 21 for comfort during road runs. I like the cushioning, the durability and the fact that they fit my feet well.
Join a Running Club or Form Your Own Group – With social media, it’s easier than ever to find someone to run with. I found a group of women my age and running pace who have become more than running partners. I count them among by best friends. We have a blast together.
Make Time for Running – With the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holidays, this is one of the most challenging things. For me, this means getting up before the crack of dawn on work days and getting together with one of my running partners for a run in the dark. It also means extra safety precautions, like lights, reflective clothing, ice spikes, and even pepper spray for safety. This is one time I suggest NEVER running alone and to make sure you know the area well. Never venture into an unsafe area for the sake of getting in that run.
Combine Holiday Shopping with Running: Are you buying a smaller gift that isn’t heavy? How about throwing on a backpack and run to the store where you plan on buying the gift. I could get a 2.5 mile run in by skipping the car ride to Target. I have a neighbor who walks there almost every day and it keeps him active and healthy.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.