Disclosure: Kohl’s sent Megan clothes from their active line to review. She has been a Kohl’s shopper for many years and is very excited to see that their activewear line is expanding! As always, all opinions are her own.
The holidays. A time for family and friends to get together and celebrate. There are parties. There is a lot of food. There are gifts. And there is little time for much else – training included.
For the runDisney runners who have a race (or more) scheduled during the Walt Disney World Marathon or Star Wars Half Marathon Weekends in particular, the holidays mean one thing – peak training. That’s right, along with all the fun festivities the holidays bring, you also need to run some of your longest training runs! So how do you keep on training through the holidays? Here are a few of our tips!
Schedule it in. During the holidays, your schedule may be insane. Shopping, baking, parties – the list goes on and on. Make sure you schedule in your training as well. Putting it in the calendar means that you have a set time for it, another appointment or event you can’t miss. While you may need to do a little re-arranging due to prior commitments, scheduling it in allows you to see that you can fit in training during the holiday chaos. And yes, you may have to miss a run or two – that’s okay! Do your best to get the majority in, specifically the longer runs.
Dress for the conditions. For those of you in the northern regions, Jack Frost may bring a new aspect to your training – cold and even snow. Make sure that you have running clothes and gear that will allow you to stay safe and warm during your run. If you are in the warmer weather (or are running inside on a treadmill), be sure to include items that wick sweat and keep you comfortable. There are even some great clothing options that make it easy to go from a run to a holiday festivity! (Although, we do suggest a little bit of freshening up first.)
Get the family involved. Since the holidays also include a lot of family time – get everyone involved! While they may not go for a run with you, they can help with some cross training. Sledding, building snow forts, shoveling the driveway – these are all great ways to get the family outside and active during the holidays. (And yes, cross training DOES help with running!)
Treat yourself. Keeping up with your events, training and everything else the holidays bring can be exhausting. Once it’s over (or maybe even while it’s going on), treat yourself for all you have accomplished! Whether it’s a massage, signing up for a race or new running clothes, give yourself a little gift to keep you encouraged as you fit your training into the busy holiday season.
As you prepare for the holiday season, these tips can help keep your runDisney training going. However, we must state that family is ALWAYS more important. Be sure to spend lots of quality time with those that you love this holiday season!
Throughout these blog posts, we will cover all aspects of training from our own personal experience. Please note that we are not medical doctors, personal trainers, registered dietitians or in any way qualified to give individualized recommendations. If you have something you would like us to address, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!