The holiday season is a perfect time to ditch your workouts with excuses of too little time, lack of energy, and no motivation. That doesn't have to be you! More and more people are turning toward a “running streak” to stay motivated, running at least one mile every single day, from Thanksgiving until the New Year.
But isn't running every single day bad for you? Running hard and long every single day will certainly lead to burnout or injury. However, you only need to run one mile every day to keep this streak alive, and that mile can be as slow and easy as you want it to be.
I did this running streak last year and I really felt good about my fitness during the holidays. If I had done a tough workout that day or it was late in the day when I was tired, my mile might be a stroll. On the other hand, if I felt energized, I jogged the whole mile. My dog, Sadie Mae, benefited by getting in an extra mile walk or jog during the holidays, too.
You might like to print out a calendar or make a list of days and check off the date when you accomplish your daily goal. That little gold star can still be motivating even as an adult! And, at the end of the holidays, you will have a record of your amazing running streak and your achievement.
Your health and wellness should be the most important goal above and beyond your streak. If illness strikes, runners can continue through above-the-chest symptoms like a headache, sinus congestion or a runny nose. If there’s a fever, then it’s best to focus on recovery and rest for a few days.
Start with the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and
keep moving until New Year's Day.
Begin 2018 with energy!
Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food