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Merry motivation

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As the days get shorter, colder and busier, it’s easy to lose the drive to run. Stay focused on your training with some of our favourite pieces of winter workout wisdom.

Christmas hustle or Christmas halt?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular runner or new to the sport — your workout routine can easily fall apart during the most festive season. With Christmas obligations pulling you in every which way, being present for yourself is no easy feat. If you choose to press pause on training during the winter, whether you’re cold averse or just need a break, that’s OK. The run (and we) will be there for you when you’re ready. If you want to press on with your training during the Christmas season, we have your back, too.

An illustration of two festive Christmas trees and an ornament, all with legs, running through the forest.

Season’s strategy

We made a list of tips to help you stay motivated this winter. We even checked it twice. Use these tips to help keep you on track, trail or road this Christmas season.

Take it easy

If you’re not training for a race, consider stripping down your routine to more simple runs. Maintaining a base fitness level is easier than working to crack a PB or hitting a mile count.

Find a buddy

Buddy the Elf probably has the energy to keep pace with you, but that’s not quite what we meant. One of the best ways to push yourself is to enlist a friend or family member to run with you. It can be difficult to stay motivated when running solo, especially if you’re dealing with colder weather. Be sure to take the necessary COVID-19 precautions — run outdoors, give your running pal six feet of space, and wear a buff or mask.

An illustration of two elves wearing pointy holiday Brooks Running shoes running together.

Be flexible

We recommend activities like yoga for cross training — a limber body can make you a better runner. So does a flexible schedule. Travel, extra family time, and safe Christmas events can muck up your running schedule, so it’s important to be adaptable. If your schedule is all over the place, be prepared to change the length, intensity and frequency of your runs.

Make it fun

Embrace the Christmas season. A fun Christmas race can help you stay on track with training. Although many are virtual, running a race can bring you a sense of community. Lay on some extra Christmas cheer by decorating your shoes with lights and bells or go all out and find a fun costume to wear during your race.

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Who doesn’t like presents?

If you’re making a point of training this Christmas season, be sure to treat yourself to some new gear. Get some layered clothing so you can stay nice and toasty. Just remember not to overdo it — heavy clothes will slow you down and tire you out.

If new gear is what keeps you motivated to run this Christmas season, look no further than our Shoe Finder and Bra Finder.