Reignite your joy of running
When we are following a training plan for key races throughout the year, running can sometimes feel more like a dreaded chore than something to look forward to each day. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to take a step back and remember why we run in the first place or have some fun with holiday-themed running workouts.
Instead of prescribing yourself set distances each day or trying to hit workouts, simply start running and enjoy the process. Some days you won’t be feeling it and you'll want to run shorter, which is perfectly fine. Other days, you will be feeling great and extend the run. Without the pressure of specific workouts and set distances, you may find you end up running more mileage than you normally would, and mentally it feels much easier.
Getting out the door is most of the battle. Once the run starts, we often feel much better than expected, and we certainly feel more accomplished once it's complete. Simply putting one foot in front of the other and running some easy miles has a huge impact on maintaining a running base and muscle strength, which reduce injury chances and make training that much easier when starting a new cycle.