Kate and I looked at each other as we finished wrapping gifts around 1 p.m. today and knew we were thinking the same thing: We’ve got time for a quick run.
Which is exactly what we did on the crisp, sunny Christmas Eve afternoon in Kansas City.
We ran my favorite six-mile route. It’s a flat course that starts and ends at our house and along the way winds through the historic Independence Square, along picturesque Winner Road and through the gentrified Englewood Shopping District, which recently won a national arts designation.
Along the way, we remembered holidays past and talked excitedly about the special celebrations of the season. Our family is full of traditions: We’ve already exchanged gifts with my parents, will celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends at my parents’ house, will host an annual Christmas brunch at our home and will unwrap gifts on Christmas evening with Kate’s parents.
We also talked about how much we enjoy running together. I was reminded as we spoke with anticipation about the runs we hope to get in over the break that this holiday season is the third anniversary of my running renaissance.
On December 27, 2008, just six months before my 40th birthday, I drug myself to the YMCA and stepped onto the treadmill for the first time. I couldn’t run a mile.
This holiday season, Kate and I are looking forward to some long road runs in the crisp winter weather and hope to get in a few trail runs at Landahl and George Owens parks. The kids said Thursday they want to join us to ramp up their sports conditioning.
I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and hope you’re able to get in some good runs between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tell us about them by responding to this post.
Kansas City Runner