The Starting Line
Try something new in the New Year.
You might love your regular runs or bike rides or Crossfit sessions, but trying something a little different can help keep you from getting bored and challenge you by building your fitness in a different way. And you may end up falling in love with a new sport or activity.
I’m sure it’s not a surprise that I think the appropriate way to end one year and start another one is with a run. Here are some races/runs coming up on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day, and in early January.
Happy New Year!
Weekend of Dec. 28-29:
— First Night 5K
Temperatures dipped below zero earlier this month, we’ve had our first snowfall and it might be tempting to hibernate for the rest of the winter, bundling up and heading outside only to drive to and from the gym for your workout.
But the cold is no reason to resort to running on the “dreadmill.” Embrace the season!
Here are my top 10 reasons to run outside during the winter:
If you want to try cyclocross, be warned:
— You will get cold and muddy.
— You’ll have to get off your bike and carry it over barriers — or up a muddy hill or set of stairs.
— Spectators will heckle you.
But they also might hand you candy, money or a beer. You’ll talk with other cyclists afterward about how hard it was. You’ll have fun.
Yes, it’s cold out, but there are still races to run. Here’s your list for the next few weekends:
Weekend of Nov. 30-Dec. 1:
— Stuff ‘N Puff 5K
This is a 5K race and a 1-mile fun run on Saturday in Sullivan. It benefits the Sullivan-Okaw Valley cross country program.
Kate Pond spent a recent Saturday hiking 10 miles around town with more than 30 other people, crossing through a stream with knee-high water, helping carry several large logs and several people, occasionally stopping for some pushups, all the while carrying a backpack with some bricks in it.
It’s not how most people might choose to spend a weekend day.