by John Stanton
The weather has cooled down, the year is wrapping up, and it’s a wonderful time to be a runner. Not convinced? Here are 10 reasons:
1. Fresh air is even fresher.
In contrast to summer, when air quality readings can climb to unhealthy levels, you’ll be inhaling crisp, clean air on your next run or walk. Head to a nearby nature trail and breathe it in.
2. Staying cool.
Instead of griping about the fall and winter temperatures, be grateful that you don’t have to worry about heat stroke or other complications brought on by heat and humidity.
3. Drier clothes.
You’ll still sweat when you run, but your shirt won’t have that completely-soaked-with-perspiration look from back in July. Plus, isn’t it nice to be reunited with your favourite long-sleeved tee and reflective jacket?
4. Festive events.
There is plenty of spirit to go around at this time of year, whether it’s one of the last marathon race weekends of the year, a Halloween-costumed 5K run/walk or a holiday charity event like the Santa Shuffle.
5. Prime time for shopaholics.
Great deals on running shoes, apparel and accessories are just a click away, thanks to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, holiday sales and Boxing Day. Take advantage of the opportunity to purchase gifts or update your own running gear.
6. Sweet treats.
Running is hard work, and you deserve to reward yourself now and then. At this time of year, you don’t have to go very far to find a bite-sized Halloween chocolate bar, a delicious steaming-hot beverage, or a merrily decorated cookie. Look forward to warming up with one of these little indulgences after your run.
7. Family support.
When you gather with loved ones at this special time of year, talk to your relatives about your running and walking goals. They will provide encouragement and may even want to join you!
8. Beating stress.
This is a fun time of year, but also a busy one, with longer to-do lists and added obligations. By setting aside “your time” to be active, you’ll have the added benefits of sleeping well, keeping perspective and being better equipped to cope with your hectic schedule.
9. Avoiding the resolution trap.
By keeping up your running routine now, you’re eliminating the need to set a New Year’s resolution later. You’re carrying positive momentum into the winter, instead of making January your starting point.
10. Big-picture thinking.
As the year comes to a close, it’s a time of reflection and appreciation. Be thankful that you are able to run, and take a moment to feel proud of the goals you have achieved. If you ran or walked this year—regardless of pace or distance—you did something positive for yourself, and that is worth celebrating.
John Stanton is the President and Founder of the Running Room. He is the author of 10 books about running, walking and family fitness.