I'm pleased to be getting to know my friend John better these days. It's surprising how much you can get to know someone through running, as opposed to quick chats at church. It is also a pleasure in being able to encourage John along the path to become really fit and able to undertake his "challenge" in 2015 with real confidence.
The problem for now is that John has a bad cold. Added to that he works in retail and it is naturally a very busy time in the "run" up to Christmas. Dr Doug thinks he could be "burning the candle at both ends" which as we all know is a well proven diagnosis. The treatment, as I have recommended before, is backing off from running and allowing his body to heal. This will avoid a straight forward cold developing into anything worse and lower the likelihood of spreading it around.
John is showing signs of being frustrated and looks at his running gear and feels tempted to get out there. This advice follows my recent post for John. Here's my latest advice:
Resist the temptation Brother!
Allow your body a chance to heal and cope with the demands of your work and family life. You have Christmas to look forward to!
Buy a copy of Runner's World
This will allow to to instantly become an Armchair Runner. Without doubt you will read all kinds of useful tips and learn more about running. It will whet your appetite for 2015.
Speaking of 2015
Late December is a good time to reflect back on the year and consider your journey to date. You have successfully taken those early steps in becoming a runner and you're aspiring to do more. Well done. Now think of what you would like to achieve in 2015.... how will you get there? What steps do you need to take?
If you cannot resist your running gear
Then put it on and wear it around the house. Do some VERY GENTLE STRETCHES and remember my advice about normally making sure your muscles are sufficiently warmed before stretching. As you won't be running before you stretch, please take it easy and think of it as limbering rather than ambitious stretches.
Consider buying some more running gear, perhaps
There could be some bargains around. Wiggle is a good place to look, especially if you use my affiliate link (hint) and I dare say their prices are dropping in the last few days before Christmas
Read my blog and some of the runs I have had in the past. Find some other blogs about running and you'll find some fascinating accounts of the life changing nature of running. Get some inspiration from other people. You could even start your own blog!