Christmas Anticipation: Quieting Our Hearts Amid the Hustle and Bustle

Anticipation.  Excitement in the waiting.

If you’re a runner in Indiana, and if friends and family know you’re a runner in Indiana, what question do you start hearing as the month of May gets closer?? “Are you running The Mini?”  Here in Indiana, EVERYBODY knows what “The Mini” is.  It’s only the largest half marathon around.  It’s the 500 Festival Mini Marathon.  You know, that 13.1 miles that’s run on the first Saturday of May that takes you around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway??  I’ve run this race 19 times.  I’ve run both my fastest and my slowest half marathon times at this event.  

Christmas anticipation. How it's like getting ready for a big race. #holidaytips Share on X

Training plans for this race usually begin in February and weekly long runs get back on the calendar if you’ve taken a little break.   Everybody knows it’s that time of year.  In April you have your last long run followed by your taper.  Even though the big day is looming, you have to slow down and reduce mileage.  Any good training plan includes this very important piece…..that taper, that slow down.  You have to have this so you’ll be ready for the big day.  So your mind and body will be prepared.   

It seems the month of December and the Christmas season comes with much of the same excitement and anticipation as does preparing for “the mini”.  Children start making their lists.  Parties are planned.  Shopping commences.  So much to do.  So much to take in.  Excitement fills the air.  There is the Christmas countdown.  The advent calendars.  Cooking.  Baking.  Present wrapping.  Black Friday.  Cyber Monday.  The list could go on and on.  Everything is big and bright.  There are jingles and bells.  Of course this is a fun time.  It’s a joyous time.  A hope-filled time.  It’s a time filled with laughter and good cheer.  But the time is “filled”.  It’s “full”.

Our racing preparation is full as well with intervals, long runs, cross training, hill repeats, stretching.   But we also need to keep our head in the game and not get too caught up with all the expectation and everyone else’s goals.  In much the same way, may I also suggest that we need to take time to focus our attention inward and to what matters most in our homes during this Christmas season?   

How to quiet our hearts and be ready for Christmas. #merrychristmas Share on X

How can we do that?  It’s all about tapering.  It’s about slowing down and making time to quiet our hearts.  For a marathon taper, athletes are advised to stick to a good sleep schedule.  Continue to fill their bodies with proper nutrition.  Fill their minds with positive thoughts and encouraging words.  

Let’s do that over the couple of weeks prior to our big day……to Christmas!

  • Get proper rest.
  • Fill your body with proper nutrition.  
  • Spend time with the ones you love.
  • Fill your mind with the Word.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”  Matthew 2:10

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  Luke 2:10

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14

“For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6  

The anticipation of Christmas is similar to the anticipation of a big race. #runningandlife Share on X

May your December be filled with anticipation as well as times of calm and quiet reflection.  



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  1. I’ve had to train for a January race and yep, it’s tough to get those miles in over the holidays! I’m actually behind in my holiday prep because I put everything off until after last weekend’s half. I’ll be playing catch up today–it’s my day off!

  2. nice post! I so want to come run the Indy mini- it was on my list for 2017 but my grand baby is due in May so I need to stay close to home 🙂 Holiday prep is done- headed out for some more shopping and you are right, we can not rest enough! Enjoy the season Marsha!

  3. I’d love to run a race in Indy one year but I am trying to stick to shorter races.So if you hear of a 10k let me know and I could come visit my daughter at IU. I try to wind down and re focus this time of year too it’s challenging though 🙂

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