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Running Tips for Christmas

It’s that time of year again: mince pies, Christmas parties, and lots of turkey dinners!

It’s easy to lose track of the training schedule, but check out our top tips for running over the Christmas Period:

 

1) Don’t expect to keep your normal schedule

It is Christmas after all, a time to celebrate with friends and family. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to follow your regular training schedule. Instead of aiming for a PB, allow yourself to have breaks this month. Remember that any running you can get in will be a bonus.

2) Get into the Christmas spirit!

Dust off the Christmas playlist, sign up to local festive running events, and get ready to don your Santa’s hat or reindeer antlers! A bit of festive cheer can work wonders for giving you that extra boost over the holiday season.

3) Run before you eat

Running before you eat is the best way to avoid stitches and cramps. If you do eat beforehand, the general rule is to wait 3 hours after a large meal to allow your body time to digest food.

4) Reduce the duration of your run, and up the tempo

During one of the busiest times of the year, it can be difficult to find time to fit in a long run. Don’t worry though, running for 20-30 minutes is better than nothing! If you’re concerned about fitness levels dropping, opt for short intense runs like sprint sessions over the holidays.

5) Stay warm and keep hydrated

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the coldest. Layer up and don’t forget your water. Plus, spend extra time warming up before stepping outside in the cold.