I am sure some readers have noticed by now that I have taken a few days off here and there this week. However, I wanted to write this post for Christmas Eve and Hanukkah (and Kwanzaa and the Solstice or whatever you celebrate).
I think of running as the best holiday gift I could give myself. As I was running around (pun intended) getting last minute gifts and wrapping, I really started to reflect on the idea of running as a gift. When you stop and think of all the things that running can give you, it is a pretty amazing list. Here are a few things running has given me:
- Extra years of life. Running helps to keep you in great physical shape and, when combined with a healthy diet, can keep you in excellent cardiovascular health–preventing heart disease and stroke.
- Energy. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I have more energy after I run (well, maybe not a long run!).
- Stress relief. Running is a great release for stress and anxiety. No matter how wound up I am before a run, I am always more relaxed when I get home.
- Self-confidence. There is such a sense of accomplishment that comes from getting a PR or completing your longest run ever.
This Christmas Eve and Christmas, I will enjoy my last few days before half marathon training begins on Monday. Today, I was like a kid on Christmas morning when I opened this month’s training schedule from my coach. I am nervous, but very excited at the same time!
Happy Holidays everyone!