Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Christmas Favorite

"Megan what are you doing blogging? Don't you have wrapping to do and last minute gifts to buy?" 

Of course I do. Santa will still come to the Hode house, but I wanted to share something with the world. 

Like most people, I have a lot of favorite things. Food. Color. Animal. The list goes on and on. But I have one favorite that I'm sure most people wouldn't even think about.

Christmas Day is my favorite day to run.

And here is why. 

There will be minimal cars on the road. Chances of being able to run in the middle of the road for your entire run are quite high. I don't know about you, but there's something empowering and peaceful about running in the middle of the road and not having to play Frogger. If a car comes down the road, they can drive at the speed I run. 

Depending on where you live, you can enjoy the white fluffy stuff on the ground while you run. I'm not a huge fan of winter or snow at all. But a fresh snowfall on Christmas morning is one of my favorite things. Dodging snowflakes on a Christmas run gives me a very serene feeling. If you're from the Chicago area like me, you know that snow isn't even close to a reality this year. Maybe we'll have a snowy New Year?

You're bound to witness families surround their Christmas tree while they open gifts. Some might think its creepy. But I feel like it's a scene from a movie. I've stopped mid-run and watched a child open a gift with such delight because he was "such a good boy this year!" The innocence of believing in Santa and watching the magic unfold for a child on Christmas morning brings so much joy to my heart. 

So this Christmas, if you can spare 30 minutes, grab you shoes and pound some pavement for some extra peace, serenity, and joy. 

Merry Christmas friends.