Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Running Traditions

What better way to end the year and start the New Year right than with a run? All over the world, people run, either on their own or in an organized race:
  • Every New Years Eve there is a 5 kilometre (3.1 mi) running race called the Nos Galan road race. (Wales)
  • The city of São Paulo also holds a famous event: the Corrida de São Silvestre Marathon. (Brazil)
 Above and beyond are some interesting traditions that sound well-worth a try:
  • How about running around the house with a suitcase, which means you will travel more in the coming year? (Argentina)
  • Eating 12 grapes representing 12 wishes for the new year and running across the street with luggage asking for new trips and adventures in the upcoming year. (Costa Rica)
We’ll be heading for our local track Sunday morning, to run one lap backward, symbolizing the year that has passed, and one lap forward, for the year to come. I saw this in Runner’s World and thought it would be a nice new family tradition.
What’s your year-end fitness tradition?

Happy New Year!

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  1. I like the suitcase to travel so maybe I'll give it a go! I may do our club's prediction 8k run on Sunday. Person who finishes closest to 2 p.m. (no watches allowed) wins.

  2. Getting drunk and puking all over my old running shoes.... represents having to buy some new shoes...

  3. As mentioned

    I might try the suitcase idea but pack it with bathing suits and crappy paperbacks to make it clear to the new year gods that I want more than business travel.

  4. Running around the house with a suitcase...can't hurt, right?

    Most years we take a family hike at a favorite park on New Year's Day. It's a good way to start the year.

  5. One lap forward and backward is a neat idea. I'm racing a 5K and, if we can get back home on time, plunging into Lake Ontario for the Polar Bear Dip. Talk about an ice bath!

  6. Apparently my year-end fitness tradition is to go run 15 miles on a mostly deserted beach.

  7. Happy New Year! Careful running backward so you don't start the New Year with some bruises :-).

  8. Happy New Year, love the traditions! I'll be ringing it in with my Masters Swim Team in our usual New Year's Day big workout, the "Year in 50's". 112 x 50 @ :45 this year!

  9. apparently i need to be running with a suitcase!! too funny. i usually just run on both NYE and NYD. on NYD i feel people are looking at me like "another resolutioner" but little do they know... ;)

    happy new year!

  10. happy new year!. Going out off road has been our lil' tradition.
    but gonna try backwards nxt yea

  11. Happy New Year!

    Hope you had a nice run! I always go out for an easy 3 miler on NY day.

    I likes the suitcase idea!


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