Did you run yet? What did you get for Christmas? What did you give? Why do you run? Who will you remember? As we mentioned yesterday, Christmas is a time to run and perhaps more importantly, a time to reflect.
If you missed yesterday’s tribute to Christmas Running Traditions, I suggest taking a moment to read how you might incorporate running into your Christmas day.
It only seems appropriate to quote the man whose birthday we are celebrating. “It is more blessed to give than receive”. Let us know on our Message Board what you gave and while you are at it, let us know what you received as well. Did you follow the advice of Cheryl Madlinger and get your running loved one a massage or digital training buddy? Perhaps you packed a stocking with a Road I.D. or some epsom salts per Chantelle Wilder’s advice? In short, what will you and your running buddies be sporting in 2012?
There always seems to be an overwhelming number of causes to support during the holidays, unfortunately the majority of these non-profits operate year-round and can use support during the other 11 months. It may not be in your budget to give a cash donation, but awareness and exposure is something we can give as runners.
Click here to learn how you can run for a cause in 2012. If you are searching for a cause, check out the Kenyan Kids Foundation and read more about the incredible founders of this mission by clicking here.
We also want to take a moment to remember all those we lost in the running community in 2011, and pray that their families find peace on Christmas day.
There were some high profile runners who we bid farewell to in 2011, such as Grete Waitz and Danny Kassap, as well as several weekend warriors such as the two men in The Philadelphia Marathon. We all know what a blessing it is to be a part of the global running community. Cherish it.
Lastly, we ask that you pray for Olympic Legend, Lee Evans as he is set to undergo surgery for a brain tumor. To read more, click here.
Without further ado, Merry Christmas.
About the Author: Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.