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've done this running streak the last few years and I really felt good. 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.
This year I am adding something new! I will host a New Year's Day 5K and Pancake Breakfast. We will meet on New Year's morning, run or walk 3 miles and then celebrate our amazing achievement with pancakes! I'll share more details as you get close to finishing your running streak.
But this is your motivator. Get out there and get that daily mile in so you can celebrate in 2019. Start with the YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and keep moving until the New Year's Day 5K & Pancake Breakfast. Begin 2019 with energy!
Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food