This 12 months Braund is spending the festive season in Exeter along with his spouse, his three-year-old son and his prolonged household.
“This would be the first time my son can be sufficiently old to understand it’s Christmas,” he says. “I wish to be there when he wakes up and opens his presents, so I’m getting up on the daybreak so I don’t miss something.” Braund likes having these moments to himself to set him up for giant, doubtlessly emotive days; he even ran 15k on his marriage ceremony day.
Does Braund’s spouse thoughts his early escapes? “She’s a dancer, so she is aware of how vital health is, however we’ve been collectively for thus lengthy she doesn’t thoughts the operating – she’s used to it. On Christmas morning she’ll be quick asleep.” Braund’s train regime received’t cease him from indulging at lunchtime, both – there’s no carb watching or scrimping right here.
“Breakfast is scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and Buck’s fizz. We sit down mid afternoon with a standard turkey dinner with crimson wine, snacks and a gin and tonic. However I don’t drink an excessive amount of – I’m not hungover for my Boxing Day run.”
Craig Ainsworth’s household is one other which have given up attempting to coax their dad out of his rigorous Christmas Day train. The previous Royal Marine Commando, who serving a tour in Afghanistan in 2011 earlier than turning into a bodyguard for celebrities and excessive profile figures, has been identified to run 5 kilometres, then full circuit workout routines that will include 500 push ups and 500 sit ups, earlier than operating one other 5 kilometres, on Christmas Day. He’ll end his routine by repeating optimistic manifestations.
“My household do jokingly attempt to tempt me with a bacon sarnie and a Buck’s fizz,” jokes Ainsworth, who took up boxing when he was 11 to spice up his confidence, and has additionally written a ebook known as The Discombobulated Alpha (£14.75, Amazon).
“However since I left the royal marines, everyone seems to be simply used to me being a bit splendidly bizarre. They by no means wish to take part. They suppose I’m just a little bit loopy. Final 12 months, I used to be in Colombia alone for Christmas, and I went for a long term within the mountains,” says Ainsworth. “The 12 months earlier than, I took a solo journey to Barcelona, operating alongside the coast.
“Understanding on Christmas Day is the reward I proceed to offer myself. It’s the funding in my thoughts, physique, targets and goals.”
For some, although, figuring out on Christmas Day is about bringing the household collectively.