With just over 3 weeks to go (as I write this post) until Christmas and a whole lot of activity in the calendar already, running becomes a little less of a priority. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop altogether as I find it a stress reliever. And with things like #adventrunning on the cards, there’s always some motivation to keep me going.
What is #adventrunning?
Set up in 2014 as a way to help people fall in love with running, advent running turns the idea of the advent calendar on its head and challenges everyone to run every day from 1-25 December. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced runner or someone who is just starting up, advent running is for everybody. You also don’t have to run very far. It’s not about the distance. This simple idea aims to get people moving and falling in love with the great sport.
Fast forward to now and advent running or AR is a group that holds weekly sessions throughout the year, not just the festive period. But it really is during the next few weeks that they come into their own.
How do I take part?
It’s simple, run every day until Christmas and why not share your achievements #adventrunning? For more details, search advent running on Facebook.
Will it help with hangovers?
I’m not going to lie and say yes. But, and here’s the but, I have been known to run to work after a rather boozy Christmas party because it was the best option. Seriously, getting on a hot and stuffy tube with your head pounding and your mouth as dry as a bone is way less appealing than a blast of cold air and slow jog past Hampstead Heath, Camden and on towards Tottenham Court Road. Throw in a Pepsi Max, 2 Nurofen Express and a jacket potato with baked beans for lunch and Bob’s pretty much your uncle. I’m back in the world of normality. Advent Running may not be the cure exactly but the fact that you have to get up and run could work in your favour. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and all of above is, of course, down to personal experience. I also do not advocate drinking too much but I can be rather too partial to a few too many.
Are you taking part?
I didn’t make it down to the launch party as we had tickets to Venus in Fur, a play in the West End which was really rather entertaining. I am totally up for 25 in 25. And you can follow all the action on my Instagram (@becsinter).
Is there anyone we should thank for this idea?
Yes, the phenomenal runners James Poole and Claudia Schroegel.