recent article in runners world december02/january03

i don't know if you all read it this month. but there was na article in this current RW advising us to take a little run right bang in the middle of the festive period,

any success stories/dramatic accounts of failure to do this, or simply anyone planning to do this?


  • Honestly, a decent run on Christmas Day morning, before you start eating and drinking, makes you feel great. There's a different atmosphere in the world, and it's well worth experiencing. It also makes you feel a bit better about over-indulging later on in the day.

  • But what about church, children, relatives presents entertaining, etc
  • church - midnight service on christmas eve
    children - i am one (don't have any of my own yet)
    relatives - arrive around 2pmish
    presents - throughout the day
    entertaining - eh?

    so plenty time for a run!
  • I'm having xmas dinner at my brothers, in the morning he's taking me out for a xc run - god help me he does a sub 6 min mile !

    I'm already practising my "it's ok, I'll make my own way round" or "Don't worry, you go on ahead - I'll just die here in this ditch!"
  • XC on Xmas day? Now there's an idea. I was only going to take hubby out on the road, but you've given me an idea Scooby. I'll have to put it gently to him though as my XC runs have a habit of being VERY muddy.
  • Plan for Christmas Day:

    Midnight mass
    four hours sleep
    mad frenzied opening of present(s)
    make the stuffing
    bird in oven
    nice 4 or 5 mile run (can't be beat) off road
    roasters in
    open the wine (it has to breathe you know)
    make the gravy
    cook the veg
    open more wine
    pig out
    gentle stroll
    3pm switch telly off
    3.10 switch telly on
    repeat 1 and 2 as required.

  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭
    I've been for a run on Christmas day the last 3 years - between prezzie opening and chocolate and starting the eating/drinking fest in the afternoon. Gives you a good appetite and de-stresses you for dealing with relatives.
  • XC on chrisrtmas day, yes, i also like the sound of this, thanks for the inspiration there guys
  • Working 24 hr shift Xmas day:(
    Theres always boxing day for running
  • If you run on Christmas day you get to wave to all the other runners wearing their nice new Christmas trainers/hats/fleeces etc etc
  • Yep - what else are we going to do while the turkey's cooking? Early morning run with the pack, then we can get down to the serious business of drinking and scoffing all the Christmas goodies we don't allow ourselves the rest of the year without feeling guilty!
  • same here, I'll go after admiring what Santa left in the children's stockings and before sitting down to traditional swedish xmas breakfast (mega portion rice pud cooked on the stove and eaten with cinnamon). Noone will notice I've gone as they'll still be getting up in the time it takes me to do a little 4-5 miler.
  • My FLM plan dictates that I do a steady 60 minute run on Xmas day..... timed to be just when the veg needs peeling !!!!

    Glad to see you are well into the new job BENZ!!!! happy xmas !
  • havent satrted yet darling, just working at the blody heath on xmas day
    Start april 1st!!!!!!!!
    Happy running
    My FLM plan is only 3 miles, im on a slower one than you
  • Just come back in from 10 x 30sec uphill sprints, with a warmup and cool down, that'll do for today! Now it's back to the eating and drinking fun part of Christmas.
    Benz, don't work too hard.
  • Did todays run yesterday
    just pacing up and down wards today
    Roll on 9 am
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