The 2012 Holiday Running Streak

By Meghan G. Loftus at Runnersworld.com

Published November 13, 2012

Stay fit and motivated during the busy (and calorie-filled) holiday season by pledging to run at least one mile every day, Thanksgiving through New Year's.

We know how easy it is to fall off the running wagon around this time of year. If you're a training-plan devotee, you might be in the dead zone—your fall goal race is over, but it's too early to start a plan for your spring goal. If you're more of a free spirit—you run how far you feel like running, when you feel like it—you might skip a run (or two, or several) after a late night at a holiday party, a day spent braving crowds at the mall, or a long trip to see far-away family.

One way to make your December training log entries look less like a string of binary code is to join pledge to run at least one mile every day, from Thanksgiving (that's Thursday, November 22) through New Year's Day.

Often, you'll find that once you get going, you want to go farther than a mile. Sometimes, you don't, and those are your "rest days." (In fact, it's smart to take as many easy one-mile days each week as you'd ordinarily take rest days, to avoid overdoing it.)

Either way, you'll get pulled in—you won't want to break the streak, even if that means getting up super-early before a long car ride to squeeze in your mile. If you do this Streak, and do it smart, you'll emerge from the holiday season unscathed, and maybe even fitter than you were before.

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