10 Tips to a Great Xmas for Runners

By Iffley Road. Posted: December 16, 2015

1) Our number one tip is to consider the Xmas and New Year weeks to be a rest period. Every so often it’s a good idea to give the body a total rest. This is an ideal time because your routine is typically disrupted anyway.

2) If you really want to exercise - then why not cross train?  Swimming is also a great idea - treat it as a form of water massage.

3) Stretch and foam roll. The great thing about foam rolling is that you can do it in front of the TV. When you hit the trails (or ski slopes) you’ll definitely feel the difference.

4) If you do intend to keep running over the Festive period it makes sense to do your runs first thing in the day. When your friends or family emerge a few hours later, you’ll be glowing!

5) If you love Parkrun it’s worth noting that some venues have them planned for Xmas Day and New Year’s Day – even though neither is a Saturday. We recommend not getting too hung up about times!

6) Alternatively you could consider volunteering for Parkrun and watching everyone else suffer from Xmas over-indulgence!

7) If you’re away over Xmas or the New Year, it’s a great time to try some new routes. Once again you can always run slow and just soak up the atmosphere of wherever you’re lucky enough to be.

8) Invest in some new kit – even if it’s just a beanie or socks. Feel good, run even better!

9) Define your ultimate target for 2016.  Instead of having a vague target – like "get fitter", be as precise as you can. For example - I want to break 20 minutes for 5K.

10) Then write yourself a running plan for 2016.  You’ll feel so much more motivated when you start training again.

Good luck!


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