Am I the only runner that has loaded up a “Christmas Running” playlist to my iPod? I know I am not the only runner that enjoys getting out there in the evening, when it’s dark (which, let’s face it, is any time after 4:30pm these days?!) to enjoy the glimmer of Christmas lights on houses in the neighbourhood. I figure I have the choice to either A) blame the holidays for making me too busy to fit in some good running time; or B) Embrace the fact that I want to get out there, and use the runs as a stress-reliever in this busy month! I choose B!
I choose to get out there, relax, and enjoy the calm. I choose to add an extra layer if needed, to stay cozy enough to add an extra mile or two. It feels so great to leave the chaos of home, with two of the three boys waving out the window at me, knowing I am making myself a more patient person through the time I have carved out for my run. It feels even better to arrive home, rosy-cheeked and runny-nosed, knowing I can cuddle up and relax with them and a nice book, with the glow of the Christmas tree in the background.