Running can be a chore, especially when it is grey and cold outside during the winter months. It’s always easy to find an excuse to stay in bed, not leave the house or stay glued to the computer at the office. However, there is one run in the year that I never miss regardless of weather conditions: my year-end run on December 31st.

And I don’t miss it because I am training for something. No, I never miss it because it prepares me so well for all the upcoming professional and private milestones in the New Year.

So here is what I do: on the last day of the year I lace my favourite adidas running shoes, pick a scenic course around my home and off I go for at least an hour.

My final run of the year is never a chore. It always puts a smile on my face.
Choose a route you love to run. The familiarity will spark good memories to build on in the coming months.
Warm up for the New Year and get ready to stretch yourself even further.
01 of

I reflect about what has happened the whole year. What was good, what was not?

What can I learn from it? Which person inspired me the most? What changes should I make? What should I continue and what should I stop doing in the New Year?

Of course, you can think about these questions at any time and in any location but believe me, it is so much easier to answer these questions while running. When I return I might be physically exhausted from my run, but mentally I feel so well prepared for the New Year. That’s why the last run of the year is the one run that I will never miss.

So no excuses: give it a try and let me know how it went.

Please take note of the commenting guidelines.
You will receive an email to approve your comment.
Please take note of the commenting guidelines.
You will receive an email to approve your comment.

Thanks for your comment

You will receive an email to approve your comment. It will only appear after your confirmation.

Okay

Oh no! An unexpected error occurred.

Try again
by Gemina Stroud 29.12.2016
Great article Jan! Like your year end run...I never miss a Monday. Mondays feel like new beginnings for me. I am going to take your advice and try a year end run on Saturday though...clear it all out on the pavement. Looking forward to the new year and all the possibilities/opportunities it will bring. #Hopeful
Reply
by Jan Runau Gemina Stroud 09.01.2017
I wish you all the best, Gemina, and keep on running in 2017!
Reply
by ibrahim 02.01.2017
Nice article. i sort my priorities during my run and my last run for this year was a long one, but helped me clear my mind and set priorities for 2017.
Reply
Nina Weihrauch
Nina Weihrauch | Editor ibrahim 09.01.2017
Hi Ibrahim,

sounds great! I hope you had a fresh start to 2017. How has your first run in the new year been?

High five,

Nina
Reply
by Larry Harris 03.01.2017
I couldn't agree more. I too use my legs but instead of pounding the trail I spin my gears on my bicycle.
My bike season is 52 weeks of the year and living in Canada you can count on the full cross section of weather, snow, rain or shine.
There is always one ride between Christmas and New Years that I take to see if I've been spinning my wheels the past year. That is where I reflect and see if I need to change gears for the upcoming new year or to continue on the same trail of life and maybe adjust my style a bit.
When completed I maybe gasping for air but I certainly have a better grasp of where I have been and an even better one of where I want to go.
Never regret that ride, never will.

Reply

Recommended