I’ve been running (for fun) for about 10 years now. Being that it’s something I enjoy, I usually try to get in runs on special days like Christmas. It doesn’t always happen due to traveling (and hangovers…back when I was younger!) but the runs I have done are pretty memorable. With Christmas coming up on Sunday I thought I would share a look back on 5 memorable Christmas runs!
The first time I remember running on Christmas was 2006. I had moved to Baltimore that year to start grad school and was working a job with weird hours. As a newer employee, I got scheduled to work on Christmas from 2pm-10pm. Rob was going home to see his family (we had only been dating for a year) and my roommates were going home as well, so my parents came to visit. We were able to celebrate on Christmas Eve and then go out to breakfast on Christmas morning before I had to work. I remember running around the harbor and Federal Hill that morning for about an hour. It was so quiet and peaceful! Of course there are no pictures from that actual run. I don’t think camera phones were really a thing and I didn’t run with a phone back then anyway!
The next time I remember running on Christmas was 2011. Rob and I were engaged, but didn’t spend Christmas together. We went to see his family in Michigan for a few days and then I flew back on Christmas Eve. I went to my parents’ and then drove up to NY on Christmas morning to see our extended family. We left at like 6am on Christmas and I remember running 3 miles around their neighborhood at 5am. It was really dark and I had a little too much wine the night before!
In 2012 we spent Christmas in Michigan so I ran on the treadmill in the hotel gym. I don’t remember exactly but I think I did 6 miles or so. I was glad to have the treadmill as an option. There is snow or ice and freezing temps 99% of the time I am there for Christmas!
For Christmas morning in 2014 I woke up in my own bed and got to run around the city. It was about 50 degrees at 5am and I ran 5 miles before heading to NY. I remember wearing my new PRO Compression leggings and headlamp!
Then there was last year (2015) which was also unusually warm and we were in our new house for the first time! Rob and I ran 5 miles together and didn’t have to travel that day (other than a 30 minute drive to my parents’) It was so nice to have a nice, slow, relaxing morning and I hope it will be the same way this year!
Do you like to run on holidays/special occasions?
What was a memorable holiday run for you?