12 days of Christmas running challenges - Women's Running

12 days of Christmas running challenges

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  December 14, 2020

Work some festive cheer into your training with our 12 Christmas running challenges!

Are we all in agreement that 2020 has been a rough year? Yes, we are, it’s unanimous. So we’re trying to inject as much joy and festivity into our lives over the Christmas period, including our running. Let loose, put your Santa hats on and join us for a 12-day Christmas running challenge that’ll keep you moving through December!

None of the challenges involve running a particular distance or at a particular speed – you can incorporate them into your current training or include them in a daily walk or jog.

Day 1: Eat a mince pie after your run

Simple as. Treat yourself to a warm mince pie (or cold, if that’s your thing) as soon as you get in from your chilly December run.

Day 2: Listen to Christmas music while you do your cross training

Whether it’s weight training, pilates or a HIIT workout, stick a Christmas playlist on and get your festive sweat on! Here’s our favourite full-body workout to get you started.

Day 3: Take a run selfie in front of some Christmas lights

Get your local light display in the background of your run selfie, tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we’ll give it a share!

Day 4: Do a stretch session in a festive jumper

Do some gentle yoga or follow our simple stretches for runners – all while wearing your favourite Christmas knitwear.

Day 5: Deliver a present on your run

Take a backpack out with you and drop round any presents or cards you have for your local pals. Already made your deliveries? Then you definitely deserve to pick up a treat for yourself on the way home!

Day 6: Watch your favourite Christmas film

Yep, that’s it. You can watch it while you cross-train, you can watch it snuggled up post-run, or you can take a well-deserved rest day and just relax. Let us know what you’ll be watching while we’re swooning over Jude Law doing Mr Napkin Head in The Holiday.

Day 7: Collect sticks on your run to make a Christmas tree wall hanging

Pick up sticks as you go to make the sustainable decoration pictured above!

Day 8: Run along to Christmas songs

Make a playlist of your favourite Christmas songs to run to. Every time you hear the following words in the songs, stop and do the action:

  • Christmas: star jump
  • Jingle: two lunges
  • Snow: squat
  • Santa: high knees for 5 seconds

Day 9: Light a festive candle and do some yoga

Create a little zen space for yourself, light a festive scented candle and enjoy a chilled out yoga session.

Day 10: Plan a running route in the shape of a Christmas symbol

We’ve all seen those clever Strava maps in amazing shapes – try making a candy cane or a star with your run route. Share it on socials afterwards and tag us so we can see your works of art!

Day 11: Cosy up with a mulled wine and a running podcast

Grab yourself a hot drink and settle down with a running podcast – catch up on the Women’s Running podcast here.

Day 12: Go for a Christmas Day run with a Santa hat on

Nothing beats a Christmas Day run – it’s a seriously smug feeling. Make the other runners smile by wearing a Santa hat or some reindeer antlers.

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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