In case you missed it, the holidays are here. Seriously. They're here. Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is this month.
It can be hard to find time to get everything done this time of the year, and the lack of sunlight doesn't help the motivational factor. But hey, at least you don't live in Barrow, Alaska. They experience 51-67 days of total darkness. So - chin up! With events for the kids, Christmas parties, family activities, church activities, and work, time is limited. But, it's important that you make time for yourself and that your workout routine is not forgotten. Remember, when you take care of yourself, you're better able to care for your family and friends, and you are sharper at work as well.
So, here are a few tips for staying healthy and keeping up with your workouts throughout the holidays. These don't all apply to running, but that's okay. Sometimes the holidays can be a fun time to try something new.
1. Stick With Your Plan
- Many of you have training plans. Stick with them. If you get behind, it will be hard to catch up and you will miss crucial workouts. Think ahead - if you want to PR in the spring, you have to work now.
If you still need a plan, let us know. We'll get it ready for you. We have quite a few runners using them now. It's okay to start training now for a Spring race. In fact, its recommended. If you have questions about the plan, ask us.
2. Find a Friend/Be a Friend
- Well, you have TFC417 on Wednesday mornings. Don't stop coming. Keep it up - you need this and your teammates need you. Connect with other runners and plan to run together. It's not cool when you bail on your pals, so if you say you'll be there, show up. They're depending on you, and you need them too. Don't forget you can meet us Monday nights at Harke as well. Just a little more accountability.
3. Sign Up For A Fun Fitness Event With Your Family
- Maybe it's a Reindeer Run. Perhaps it's a a Christmas lights run. Whatever it is, plan it together and use it as a way to bond together while staying active. Maybe it's taking the dog for a walk in the evenings to see which neighbors put up new decorations. Whatever it is, enjoy your time together.
Traveling to see family over the holidays? See if there is something in the area you'd like to try out. Maybe there's a new trail. Perhaps there is a spin studio you've always wanted to try. Maybe there is a 5k going on that weekend, or a new gym with a pool (and sauna). Do these events together - it'll be fun to experience it as a family.
4. Portion Control
- If you don't love Christmas cookies, you're weird. Just kidding, but really. This time of year brings parties galore. This is fantastic as it's a time to get dressed up, head out, and have some fun. Holiday beverages are also the best. It's fine to indulge! Enjoy yourself. But look at your schedule. Do you have a holiday event every night this week? Do you need to indulge at every party? Probably not. Have fun and enjoy the season, but keep your goals in mind. It's certainly not going to kill you to have a glass (or two) of eggnog or a peppermint martini and some cookies. Just remember those things add up, and workouts with a hangover are never fun. Ladies, holiday parties also mean the LBD. Too many cookies can make getting into the LBD a challenge.
5. Beat The Cold
- It's cold and dark in the morning and it's cold and dark in the evening, and like most of us, you have to work during the daytime when it's light. In the morning, warm blankets sound like the best option. When you get off work in the evening, sweats, chili, and Netflix sound so good. So, how do you stay motivated to get out the door? See #2. Meet your friends. Meet your team. Join a group class and try something new. If you don't like it, no big deal. Just give it a shot through the holidays. Cold? Hot Yoga is a fantastic option to warm up.
Oh here's another tip - grab some new gear. Buying new gear for the cold tends to get us out the door. You have to try out your new stuff?
6. Take Care Of Yourself
- Wash your hands. Take your vitamins. Eat well. Getting sick during the holidays is no fun. Plus, if you end up with a bad head cold, pneumonia, or the flu, you're not going to be able to train for a while. Plus, you'll miss out on the fun parties if you're sick! So - get adequate rest and stay hydrated. Just take care of you.
7. Utilize the Snow
- Not everyone likes running on snowy roads. That's okay. The snow can still be a good way to stay fit. Go skiing, snowboarding, head to an ice skating rink (or skate in your driveway). Shovel snow, have a snowball fight, build a snow fort. Don't stay inside - enjoy nature and use it to your benefit.
- If you're traveling over the holidays and know you won't have access to a gym, scope out some routes to run, bring a few resistance bands, and print off a few at home/hotel workouts you'd like to try. You may learn some cool new exercises to add to your routine.
Have a long layover? Many airports have yoga rooms or gyms now. If not, just walk around the airport. It will help keep your blood moving and keep your legs from cramping up on those long flights. Don't forget about the workout room at your hotel. Even if it's small, it can be better than nothing.
The winter season can be a fun time to incorporate new things into your routine. Many of you do not have a goal spring race (oh wait - ShamRox!!!) and will take it easy through the winter. That's okay! You still want to stay active. Some of you (aka Nick) will spend your winter on the dogsled, running dogs in the snow and running in boots and snow clothes (he PRd after a winter of doing this - it's a legit workout).
Whatever you do, enjoy your holiday season. Take care of yourself. Enjoy the time with your family and friends and remember how blessed you are. The holidays can be stressful, but it's a time to remember all we have been given. Be thankful for your health and utilize it. There are many who would give anything to be able to run a mile. Guess what - you have that ability. Use it, refine it, and kick butt with it next spring.
Perhaps your fall racing season didn't go quite as planned for you. Use the lessons you learned and put them to use in your training for the spring.
A HUGE shoutout goes out to our athletes who participated in the St. Jude Marathon Weekend. There is no doubt this is an inspiring race, and a race that makes you think about your life. It truly makes you count your blessings. You all did fantastic and we're proud of you! Thank you for supporting a fantastic organization. Magda, Melissa B., Melissa N., and Keshian all ran the half marathon.
Boston: 2:05:37 PR
Nisbett: 2:12:39 PR
We'll see you on Wednesday at the Civic Center/YMCA!
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