The other day I walked into my local running store and was confronted by the question no chaotically busy running mom wants to hear.
“So what are you training for?”
Marathon present wrapping?
10k days of not running?
But in all serious, my personal guide to surviving the holidays…
Run to keep sane, but not at the cost of my sanity.
I did decide to mix it up a bit and change things a little bit more by doing the following:
Run Away. When the kids ask where I’m going when I head out for a run I usually yell, “I’m running away….[long pause]…but don’t worry I’ll run back.” But one day I decided not to actually loop back and ended up putting a call in about 2 miles in “I’m running west until the big ball in the sky drops.” About 7.5 miles later I got picked up at Starbucks and was sure to stink up Chipotle on the way home post-run with the fam. They were only moderately embarrassed by my sweaty state of affairs and forgave it after one taste of guacamole. I wish I were sorry but I wasn’t.
Change the Surface. While everyone was seeking out a very white Christmas, I was checking out my very white [cap] Christmas by bounding around with some fantastic views and SOFT surfaces to run on hitting up a long stretch of the coast for a very, merry run. As an added bonus, my creaky bones were happy for the padded surface.
Go Up, Then Come Down. I had some new tires that looked a little TOO clean (I felt like a New Year runner fraud with my brand, spankin’ new shoes) so I decided to get them a little dirty….
Eventually I got them nice and dirty by going up, up, and away on some trails….
So for now, I’m just running to run….I have a few things out on the horizon, but as for now, I’m ditching the regular routes that have gotten beyond run of the mill (all puns intended) for me and mixing it up with some new approaches.
What’s been boring you lately?
How do you mix up your runs?