I hope you all had a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday. I say Merry Christmas (although I am an atheist) I suppose it is out of habit and Englishness, I like the sprit of Christmas, well the people being nice to each other side of it. Christmas is nowadays pretty corporate and far too many people judge their happiness by the gifts they receive. Having our health, family and friends is the greatest gift we can ask for and their are millions of people around the world who are not as fortunate as us.
Despite my overall views critiques of the commercialisation of Christmas it is nice to give lovely things to the people you care about. I was lucky enough to receive a pair of Brooks Cadence Pure 2, a Nike running belt and some Nike Running tights. My new shoes are minimalist shoes, I am still transitioning to a fore/midfoot strike and hopefully the extra ankle support these shoes give me compared to my Nike Free’s will help me with this. So far they have been very comfortable and going up a half size should save me from more black toenails.
The last week has also seen me return to running after a 3 week lay off and I celebrated with a Christmas morning run. I donned my santa hat (well for the picture) then replaced by a Christmas cracker hat and set for a leisurely 5k. I sadly only spotted one other runner the opposite side of the road to me. I was expecting more people hitting the streets but I am in suburbia at the moment not Hackney. The weather was beautiful and I felt a sense of satisfaction that on the most decadent day of the year I had made time for running and being healthy. And that is kinda my life as I approach my 30th birthday health and fitness becoming increasingly a priority. There are less nights on the Kingsland Road and more early morning exercise. I can’t wait to make 2014 even more focused on adventure and fitness with friends. Did any of you make it out for a run? Did you see anyone in fancy dress?