Tips about how to survive the holidays.
1] Plan to Race
Sign up for a short-term goal like a Turkey Trot or a long-term one like a spring marathon. “I register for as many races as possible between October and March,” says Sharon Weiss of Miami Beach, an RW reader since 1999. “I sign up for a marathon in mid-March,” says Abby Andrews of Seaford, DE, a reader since 2010, “so the training cycle begins around the end of November.” “Last year I signed up for a winter series: Every Sunday from December through February, it was a different-distance race at a local park,” says Rebecca Young of Fairless Hills, PA, a reader since 2008. “It definitely helped pull me out of bed on the particularly cold and snowy days.”
2] Bring the Family
Round up all the runners (and let the slowest dictate the pace). “Since holidays are a time for family, we go running together, even though we’re all at different paces,” says Elizabeth Obaka of Sioux Falls, SD, a reader since 2006. “My husband and I have created a family tradition to go running together on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day,” says Christina Lipetzky of Sheridan, WY, a reader since 2006. “We wear Santa hats on the Christmas run. We’re spreading holiday cheer!”
3] Don’t back off