Happy Friday! We made it through another week and hopefully you are done with all of your holiday shopping 🙂 As the holiday season is coming to a close (I know – I’m sad about that too!), it’s a great time to discuss holiday traditions. My family doesn’t have too many holiday traditions, but I’ve picked up a few running traditions over the past few years.
Christmas Day Run
I wake up earlier than family every day so I just use that free time to get in a short run before we exchange gifts and eat breakfast. I love it because the roads and streets are pretty empty, so it’s just me and my music. I also take the time to look at all the Christmas decorations around town. There’s just something very peaceful about the run.
Jingle Bell Jog
For the past few years I have done a Jingle Bell Jog, but I won’t be doing one this year 🙁 The race I normally do is taking place on Saturday and I just couldn’t commit to doing that race. It’s super close to Christmas and I’m sure there are some last minute errands I’ll need to run. Instead, my running buddies and I are going dress up in festive attire and hit the pavement early in morning on Saturday for 3-6 miles. I feel like that’s a good compromise and kind of still keeps the streak alive.
New Year’s Day Run
What better way to start off a new year than with a workout, specifically a run! I feel that when you start off the year with fitness, it’s easier to keep that healthy habit going throughout the year. Last year my mom and I and our running buddies participated in a virtual New Year’s Day run and it was a ton of fun. We’ll be doing the same thing next year as well!
I’ve been at my current job for about 6.5 years and we’ve done a Secret Santa exchange every year. We make it a small party too – we went a conference room and everyone brings in an appetizer or sweet treat. It’s a fun one hour break from the work day. We set the spending limit at $20 per gift. I’ve been lucky enough to receive some awesome gifts such as wine, gift cards and candles.
WeRunSocial Ornament Exchange
Although this has only happened in the last two years, I really hope it continues! Started by Brian, it’s a fun way for members of the #WeRunSocial community to connect over the holidays. It’s awesome because most runners will pick an ornament that is affiliated with their state. For example, I’ve never been to Arizona, but this year I got an awesome cactus ornament since my “secret santa” lives in Arizona!
Do you have any holiday traditions? Are you thinking of starting any new traditions?
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday!