Joy to the Run 2023

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December 1-31, 2023

BEST FOR: Anybody and everybody
WHAT: A community-wide running program to keep you moving through the time of the year when daylight is in short supply and chaos rings like jingle bells.
LENGTH: The 31 days of December

Welcome to Joy to the Run, an Another Mother Runner Holiday Challenge!

We are so excited to share this (joyful yet hectic) month of December with you. As you likely know from personal experience, the busier your schedule and longer your to-do list gets, the more important it is for you to take time to move.

As you also likely know from personal experience, exercise gives us a clear path to a more balanced mind, a more patient perspective, and a chance to feel powerful and present.

Which is why we’re making this holiday running challenge free to everybody. Momentum, motivation, and inspiration thrive in camaraderie, and we want to make this joyous, sweaty December circle as wide and inclusive as possible.

In the spirit of giving, we are including the opportunity to pay it forward with a donation to Achilles International, an organization that helps break down barriers for people with disabilities, allowing them the joy of positive forward movement and the thrill of a race finish line.

While their programs mostly focus on running, their passion has always been to bring hope to everyone, no matter their abilities. (We were honored to feature Francesco Magisano, the Director of Achilles NYC Metro region and a blind triathlete, on our Many Happy Miles podcast recently. His enthusiasm and dedication inspired us all.)

Oh, and we also have a few adorable pieces of Joy to the Run merchandise; consider them gifts to yourself for celebrating the commitment you’ve made to movement in December.

(Note: We have limited inventory, so if you do not see your size in the drop-down menu, we are sold out.)

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Joy to the Run 2023 Thermal Earwarmer

With ear flaps + sunglasses holder.
Black; one size

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The Details

Joy to the Run itself is simple: We’re asking for at least 20 minutes of movement most days in December. That’s it—we know the short, chilly days of December are already full of choir concerts, family commitments, and frosted chaos.

Running is, of course, one of the most efficient ways to squeeze in a workout, but it’s far from the only way. If you’re a runner, you can run, you can walk, you can do a run/walk combo. If running isn’t your thing, you can cycle, you can swim, you can hit the yoga mat, you can lift weights. Consider that consistent movement a gift to yourself.

When you join, you’ll receive a detailed PDF, which includes basic guidelines, as well as 31 days of workouts. We offer up three weekly running workouts, two cross-train/strength days, as well easy-to-follow videos for the 12 Moves of the Holidays, a strength training circuit, and a soothing recovery yoga session. We’ll also have a few live strength workouts you can join virtually during Zoom if it works for your schedule; we’ll record them and distribute in case you can’t make it.

Finally, we’ll have some collective fa la la fun on our private Facebook page with festive contests. Nothing too complicated, of course: just enough to get you through December feeling calm and strong.


Joy to the Run is for everybody: all paces, levels, shapes, sizes of runners will enjoy it. If you’re not a runner, you can walk. If you prefer to cycle, swim, elliptical, downward dog, Rollerblade, or squat instead of run, that works too.

Really, all we’re looking for is 20 minutes of movement most days of the month in December. If you can move, you’re in the right place.

Nope. The strength routine—the 12 Moves of the Holidays—requires just your body weight. (There are options to add weights if you have them, but they’re not necessary.) If you have a yoga mat for recovery yoga, great. If not, a towel or carpeting works, too.

If you opt to buy a Joy to the Run shirt or earband, shipping is free for domestic orders.

International shipping is not currently available, but we’d still love to have you participate! Just email us at, and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.

We will have a private Facebook page, and we encourage you to post your daily workouts. Not only do we love seeing them, but you will likely inspire your joyous teammates to get moving if they haven’t yet today.

In addition, your PDF will have check-‘er-off boxes for every date, so you can have that satisfying feeling of completion. We’ll also offer up an accountability tracker you can use for social media, if you’re so inclined.

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Joy to the Run 2023 Thermal Earwarmer


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