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.
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.