Dashing Through the Snow
We’re all full of cookies, chips and egg nog, swearing we’ll get on the ball in January. Fear not, I’m not here to take away your peanut butter balls and sugar cookies. I’m not a monster.
What I am suggesting is momentum. Don’t lose yours this holiday season! Eat, drink and be merry. Feel free to put the scale away, but don’t stop training and keeping fit.
I know at least half of you have considered running a 5K race in 2014. Why not start your training now with these local runs featuring fun incentives and holiday cheer!
PVTC Christmas Caper
When: Dec. 21
Where: East Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.
This Potomac Valley Track Club event is perfect for all ages. Runners can choose from a 5K or 10K, and walk the 5K if they choose. The entirely flat course is safe for wheelchairs and walkers, and everyone gets warm refreshments after the race. It’s open to members and non-members alike, and offers great Christmas ornaments for age-group winners. Register here.
Ugly Sweater Run
When: Dec. 21
Where: National Harbor, Oxen Hill, Md.
Your Christmas wish has been answered! A party and 5K all in one, the Ugly Sweater Run is touching down in the metro area this year. Runners are encouraged to wear their worst sweaters and best mustaches, and the course is lit by lights brighter than the Griswold’s front yard. Kids and adults celebrate after the run with hot chocolate and free beer — isn’t that Christmas music to your ears? Sign up at their site and have a laugh while you’re at it.
Fairfax Four Miler
When: Dec. 31
Where: he corner of Main Street and University Drive, Fairfax, Va.
If you plan to party on New Year’s Eve, the least you could do is be nice to your body first. This four mile course through Old Town Fairfax is a bright blast with a fast downhill finish. Last year’s records are listed on the events page, so ring in 2014 with a victory! With the race over at 8 p.m., there’s still time to get cleaned up before the ball drops and stay in bed on New Year’s Day. Register here!
Health editor, Tini Howard is a writer, aerialist and foodie from the East Coast.