Time to get cracking on your holiday shopping? We’ve got ideas for the runner gals and guys on your list.
Maggie likey: Dry Guy boot and shoe dryers. They’re not just for winter! Drying out your shoes completely after a rainy, snowy or even sweaty run will help them last longer. Also, Dry Guy has “snow tires for your feet,” two different styles of grips to pull on over your running shoes for extra traction in the show and ice.
- Being seen in the winter months is also of the utmost importantance, so keep the runner on your list safe and warm (and stylish) with a neon Champion beanie from Target. Warm but not too warm with a wicking layer underneath the bright knit outer. Perfecto.
- Speaking of bright … this Athleta half-zip pretty is right up our alley. Pink or orange, please.
- Everyone needs a solid base running layer. Loving the stripes and the armpit vents on this Lululemon gem. (Plus, I totally already tried it on in-store and it looks awesome. Lesigh.)
- And don’t forget the runner dudes! Is the guy on your list a little shy about wearing tights? He won’t be after he slips on some fleece-lined amazingness, like these Mizuno Breath Thermo layered tights.
- SHWING! These fabulous shoe accessories are pretty much tailor-made for the Bad Angel on your list. Perfect stocking stuffer.
- What better stocking stuffer than, well, socks? Your running elf will love the classic Feetures! or give these Bad Angel-approved Injinjis a whirl.
But guess what? We’ve survived six days! As adults!
And you know what? This is pretty awesome. Sure, running every single day over the Thanksgiving holiday was a bit out of character, but it was a holiday weekend so it wasn’t that hard to find time to squeeze in a few miles. Plus, I had my mom to do all of my running laundry for me. Added bonus.
Now that we’re back to the grindstone, I think the logistical challenge really sets in. However, now that I’ve got the first few runs under my belt, I know how easy it can be to sneak away for a quick lil’ mile.
Observations thus far:
- Short runs put less pressure on each individual run. So what if you only run for 15 minutes? You’ll get back out there tomorrow.
- Running a mile is both easy and hard. You never get comfortable, but just as it gets really uncomfortable, you’re done.
- Waking up to run is better than having a run hanging over your head all day.
- I feel good! I’m not tired, not sore, not fatigued. In fact, I think the short runs help loosen things up and keep the ol’ blood flowing.
- Power in numbers! Seeing everyone check in on their miles has been fun to watch–and extra motivating. Keep it up, Angels! –Aidz
“I Wanted to Tell Her” by Ministry
I Shazam’ed this song the other day and could not believe my eyes when I saw it was Ministry. Another ’80s gem unearthed and immediately added to my rotation. Success. — Mags
Well, Angels, tomorrow’s the big day: Day 1 of our Holiday Running Streak!
We have committed to running at least one mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
The more we talk about it, the more excited we get. Over the last two weeks, more and more of our friends have decided to join in, too, and that makes us even more giddy.
A month-long celebration of running and all we have to be thankful for (while also helping keep off those pesky holiday pounds). What could be better?
LET’S DO THIS. — Mags
Are you attempting a Holiday Running Streak? We want to hear from you! Let us know how it’s going or show us your Running Streak Horns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As runners, we have much to be thankful for, this time of year and always:
- Crisp fall air
- New shoes
- Old friends
- Running tights with a high-rise
- Canine running buddies
- Post-run edamame
- The perfect song at the perfect time
- New friends to run with
- Old friends who come back to running again
- Nike+ cheers
- The ability to use commas on Nike+ run recaps
- Headphones that stay put
- Mid-run gossip
- High fives
- Hitting all the “walk” signals
- Sprinklers on a hot day
- Creative race signs
- Chafe-free outings
- Leisurely sight-seeing runs
- Sunrises on the lakefront
- The wind at your back
- The sunny side of the street on a cold day
- First-time marathon finishers
- Well-placed drinking fountains
- Free post-race beer
- Blog post likes
- The hill that felt easier this time
- The nod of approval as you pass a fellow runner
- New socks, new bras, new everything
What are you thankful for, Angels? — Mags, Amie, Aidz
“Home is Where the Start Is” by The Small Cities
Sometimes all you need is a solid drum beat and a smooth voice to help get you through a tough mile. — Mags
Remember the mile run?
Cast your mind to elementary school gym class … The things that immediately come to my mind are floor hockey, dodgeball, square dancing — and the dreaded mile run. My god, did I hate the mile run.
It’s not because I wasn’t a fit kid. I straight up did not like to run just for the sake of running. Give me a soccer ball and I’d run all damn day, but doing eight laps around the soccer field, sans ball? Forget it. Besides, all the “cool kids” at least partially walked the mile, utilizing the extra time to gossip. So, I often found myself going with the crowd. Turns out, I’m not the only one.
A recent study by the American Heart Association shows that children’s cardiovascular fitness is declining worldwide. One of the findings: today’s kids are 90 seconds slower in the mile run than they were 30 years ago.
Are kids today more unfit, in part, because of a too-cool-for-school attitude?
Thinking back, I remember watching the gazelles of my class easily glide to 6- and 7-minute finishes without batting an eye. Many were teased for “trying too hard.” Some of the kids tried so damn hard but were still slow. They were teased, too.
Man, what a bunch of jerks we were. As I write this, I’m overcome with shame about the way we labeled our classmates.
And now I’m realizing, at age 33, I have never really run a timed mile in my entire life.
How fast could I have been? Why didn’t I try harder? Was I afraid of failing?
I’m suddenly overcome with the desire to run eight laps around a crappy elementary school soccer field as fast as I can. — Mags
I work in downtown Cincinnati, and I frequently squeeze short runs into my daily work routine, so I often find myself rolling on the river. When I’m out running this beautiful trail, I think to myself what a pity it is that so many people live and work in the city, but they never really take the time to appreciate the perfectly landscaped pavement, where you run with the river on your right and the city skyline on your left. The trees gently shade you from the sun, and there are water fountains providing relief every half mile.
While the trail only goes for about three or four miles, it’s easy to change things up and go over one of three bridges — all with pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and each with a different view of the Queen City.
Just as running on vacation provides you with an interesting perspective to your location, so can running where you mindlessly shuffle every day. It’s amazing how differently things look when you see them on the run. — Aidz
Run at least one mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
And because Thanksgiving falls really late this year, I’m getting off the hook kinda easy. Anyway, last year I was a million months pregnant during the holidays, and the year before, I was nursing a tendon injury, so dagnabit, this year, I’m gonna run me a holiday streak.
Besides, I’m not actively training for a race right now, so I need something to keep me motivated (and keep off those pesky holiday pounds). So, this little streak will come at an opportune time.
It’s more of a logistical challenge than anything. I’ve already starting plotting and planning how I’m going to squeeze a run in each and every day. In fact, I’m writing this post now because I’m already thinking about how I’m going to to snag a couple of miles while we’re on the road for Turkey Day.
So, join me! I’ve already persuaded Maggie to participate from a few states away, and I’m working on some of my coworkers to help keep me honest. Let’s all get out there together — and send 2013 out with a bang.
‘Tis the season to be running. — Aidz
“Rosa Parks” by Outkast
To this day, it remains one of my all-time favorite songs, period. Why I haven’t had it on my running playlist is beyond me, but I’ve remedied that now. — Mags