The One Run I Never Miss
Clear your mind on the last day of the year.
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.
“When I return I might be physically exhausted from my run, but mentally I feel so well prepared for the New Year.”
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.
sounds great! I hope you had a fresh start to 2017. How has your first run in the new year been?
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.