Your schedule is packed and you may be feeling a bit frazzled this December, but we have a few suggestions that might get you in the holiday spirit, as well as keep you fit!
1. Enter a holiday race before you ring in the New Year!
The Santa 5K, a holiday favourite of the IRONDames, was held this past Saturday in Burlington, Ontario. The race saw over 1,974 runners dressed in Santa suits take to Burlington’s downtown streets. IRONDames Andrea Buzza, Pat Shaw and Hélène Desrosiers had a fun and festive morning; stopping in to wish John Yokarinis and staff at Wigsville a “Merry Christmas” before the race, singing carols as they ran and warming up with an après coffee and croissant at Pane Fresco.
It’s not too late to register for a race this holiday season and it might just be the incentive you need not to skip out on your weekly training runs or even to start training again. Some local races you might want to consider entering are:
- December 13, 2013 ~ Westdale Winterfest 1 & 5K Jingle Jaunt: Organized by Runner’s Den in Hamilton, Ontario. Everyone runs with an Elf Hat, with great food & draw prizes from the merchants of Westdale Village.
- December 26, 2013 ~ The 93rd Boxing Day 10 Miler: Held out of the YMCA in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. This race attracts 900 entrants, has a $2,500 cash purse and is a great way for you to burn off that turkey dinner.
- December 31, 2013 ~ The 29th Brita Resolution 5K Walk/ Run: Organized by Burlington Running Room. Event is limited to 350 entrants.
2. Make sure to get out to your local club’s Holiday Run! It’s always better to run with friends, especially when the weather is cold and conditions are icy. Holiday Runs are the perfect occasion to “enjoy your run” and catch up with friends!
- December 11, 2013: 6:30 PM ~ TCoB is having their Annual Christmas Lights Run: Members will meet at Neworld Runners at 6:30pm and head out for a social run to Spencer Smith Park (8km), enjoying the lights and sights of the City of Burlington’s 18th Annual Lakeside Festival of Lights. Members will run thru the park and then back to Neworld Runners for some holiday cheer. The twist this year is that members are to wear their craziest Christmas sweater, flashing lights, or dress all in red and green. What a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season!
3. Bundle up and extend your nightly walk with you family dog!
The crisp air, peaceful quiet of the night and sparkling lights are sure to relax you. Afterwards warm yourself up with a cup of tea in front of your Christmas tree or fireplace. Your puppy will thank you and that after dinner walk will help you burn off those extra holiday calories!
Wishing You & Your Loved Ones A Happy Holiday Season!