Sidestep These Common Winter Running Pitfalls

Travel Plans 

Between flight delays and holiday traffic, it's easy for running to fall to the bottom of your to-do list, but there are ways to stay on track. If you'll be visiting out of town relatives, research nearby running routes and gyms ahead of time. You might even consider signing up for a local race. And wear comfortable clothes and shoes when you travel–you just might find the time for a brisk walk around terminal B. 

Winter Blahs 

Whether you're coming off a fall racing season high or the weather is just getting you down, it's common for running motivation to sink around the holidays. Now is the perfect time to try something new: research local running groups and themed races to add some pep to your step. It's hard to feel blah when you're running a 5K dressed as an elf!

Unsupportive Family and Friends 

When one relative is pushing another piece of pie and the other is reminding you how bad running is for your knees, it can be tough to stay motivated. Unsupportive friends and family might make it difficult to get out the door, but try reminding them how good running makes you feel. Everyone needs an outlet for stress during the holidays, and running is one of the healthiest options you can choose. And if you think your loved ones might be open to it, suggest that they check out a beginner program like the Couch to 5K Mobile App®. There's no better motivation than training with a buddy.

Jam-Packed Schedules

If your Christmas Eve plans involve wrapping presents until 2 a.m. and then preparing dinner for 15 people, counting on a 10-mile run might be setting yourself up for failure. If you know your schedule is going to be packed, try to carve out just a small amount of time for exercise. A 20-minute run (or even a walk!) is better than nothing, and if you set realistic goals, you'll be more likely to meet them.

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About the Author

Megan Harrington

Megan is a writer and RRCA certified running coach who lives and trains in rural upstate New York. She ran track and cross-country competitively in high school and college and now focuses on the half-marathon and marathon distance. When she's not running, Megan enjoys coaching fellow runners (www.runnerskitchen.com), snow-shoeing, hiking and digging around in her garden.
Megan is a writer and RRCA certified running coach who lives and trains in rural upstate New York. She ran track and cross-country competitively in high school and college and now focuses on the half-marathon and marathon distance. When she's not running, Megan enjoys coaching fellow runners (www.runnerskitchen.com), snow-shoeing, hiking and digging around in her garden.

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