Staying Active in the Dark:

Fall is quickly slipping into winter as temperatures continue to fall and daylight hours plummet alongside them. Tis the season of hiding out indoors with a hot chocolate (or hot toddy!) and guiltily abandoning exercise until the New Year, filling those hours devoted to exercise with holiday shopping and noshing on seasonal goodies. After all, with the rain and wind, the seemingly inevitable softening of the body is easily hidden, right? What we fail to realize is that holiday pounds gained usually do not come off again. They stick around for the long haul.

It doesn’t have to be this way! You know this. I know this. In an effort to promote winter exercise Always Running is now offering free group runs Tuesday mornings before work. The premise is this: few people (especially women) want to run in the dark, so why not provide what Always Running does best – support and comraderie during the cold winter months!

The loop is the same – the outer perimeter of Green Lake. Mile markers will be provided (for split time junkies like myself) and the course will be monitored by AR staff to ensure you are safe and accounted for. You will be running with others about your same pace and can choose to start at 6:00am, 6:30am, and 7:00am. For the more ambitious who want to run longer than 3.2 miles, showing up at 6:00am will allow you to run the loop twice and have the Always Running guarddogs watching your back.
It gets better – the gym will be open so you can begin and end your run in a warm, dry environment. No need to stand out in the wind and rain if you show up early or know better than sacrifice your pre- and post-run stretching.

Stay active and be 2 months ahead of the Resolution Rush! As momma said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound (or four) of cure!

Always Running is located on 7300 E. Greenlake Dr. N., next to Super Jock N’ Jill. For more information, call 206-985-7405 or email them at alwaysrun@aol.com.

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