The festive period is always a challenging time for us runners. As the calendar fills up with work parties and social gatherings, and the kitchen cupboard fills up with mince pies and yule logs, you’d be forgiven for over-indulging and missing out on some running!
But if you’re feeling extra determined to stay on track this year, we’ve got some top tips to help you keep fit this Christmas, and some dangerous pitfalls to avoid!
Become an early riser
If your calendar is chock-a-block with parties, gatherings and family reunions, why not set an alarm and get your run done nice and early? It’s a great feeling having it under your belt and knowing the rest of the day is yours to relax! Will it be cold? Probably – but winter mornings can also be pretty beautiful things to behold.
Don’t be self-righteous
You might be really enjoying the feeling of keeping fit while family members pour prosecco onto their cornflakes, but don’t go gloating! An endorphin-charged runner sitting on their high-horse is sure to ruffle some turkey feathers.
Set your sights on a goal
A great way to keep you on track over the festive season is setting your sights on a goal. Why not enter a race in early Spring to test your paces? Kilomathon is the perfect spring running challenge and takes place on Sunday 7th April 2019. Run from Ocean Terminal to BT Murrayfield Stadium over a choice of three unique distances: 13.1K or 6.55K and there’s even the 2.62K Mini Kilomathon for the kids!
Don’t expect any PB’s
A few cheeky treats are inevitable and Christmas food is certainly more conducive to steady running than a max out effort! So don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just go out and enjoy running for the sake of running!