Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Holiday training spectrum

I have been reading several interesting posts lately about how you all approach the Holiday season.  Some are taking it easy and going for a rest and a let's enjoy this time of year and eat good stuff  attitude with running for fun when they feel like it.  Others are going into challenges...like counting points for every workouts, running at least 1 mile per day or piling on miles to help staying on track during the season of many temptations....

Which side do you go....? Is the Holiday season harder for you as far as training goes?
For me it makes no difference really only because I cannot eat the good stuff.  I know that if I could it would be harder for sure.

I don't want to take a week off and slack too much.  I think I would be very grumpy and I also don't want to have to start over with building mileage and fitness.

I have not been following a real plan in the recent weeks even though I do have one more race this year.  The Holiday Half Marathon is coming up in less than 2 weeks.  I have continued to run 5-6 days a week but no speedwork and my long runs have not always been long enough.  I am going into this last race a little unprepared I think.  That is my slacking.  No speedwork, that is since June and the reason I still haven't added this to my training is because I still have pain.  Not every day, but every week.
The one thing both PT I saw said was no speedwork until this groin is healed.  I cannot say it is healed after almost 6 months.  It is better though.   The long runs have been shorter because in part of the pain and also from being exhausted.  I don't want to make my injury worst or to get a new one.  I don't want to be sick.  So last weekend I ran 8 miles instead of 10 because I had pain at mile 5 and I have not slept more than 3-4 hrs per night in the last  2 mos.  It is what it is.  Sometimes life gets in the way of my important training...

I am looking forward to this last race even if I have not done "the work" to do well. It will be my second time running this one; last year I thought I would do terrible and I ended up with a PR.   It is a hilly course but a nice one and it is fun to see the people dressed up in festive outfits!

My next "goal" race will be Surf City or RnR Pasadena...I must pick one.  They are both in February and 2 weeks apart.  I ran both last year.  I did poorly at Surf City and got a PR in Pasadena.  I loved both races.  Right now I am leaning towards Surf City ....redemption..you know...

I leave you with this picture of my kids.   Yesterday before dinner, the house was really quiet...way too quiet for a house with 2 boys under 8 yrs old so I thought for sure my boys were up to no good....I am so happy to report I could not have been more WRONG.
I went upstairs to check on them...and this is what I found:

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Made me so happy to see this.  Will is reading the last Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jonathan is reading a Magic Tree House book.
 

10 comments:

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

This time of year it does seem like people are either taking a break or really going crazy with challenges! I think my exercise is the same, except when I have the chance to see family I might skip workouts. Yummy food is only a few days of the season, so it really doesn't make that much of a difference to me!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

We probably won't run our CA race until about 2017 - and it will probably be San Fran, but who knows, maybe we'll run into you at another half marathon! I'm sure Michael wishes she would find me reading a book from time to time. I mostly just make noise around the house like your boys. Have a good week!

Terzah said...

I love the reading picture. Warms my librarian heart....

I don't know how December will go for me after my race, but I'm glad I will still have my coach to keep me honest and make sure I recover but run enough to do some fun things in 2013.

You must try to get more sleep my friend. That part makes my heart hurt for you. :^(

Michael said...

What a great picture! Your boys are so awesome!

I'm definitely on try to work out more than normal to keep on track. As a matter of fact, I'm one of those "challengers"....I'm planning to do a 5K a day in Dec. My first ever running streak. Just posted about it yesterday.

misszippy said...

I have two little bookworms so I love to see a picture like that! (and we have those same flannel sheets).

I am fortunate in that my marathon is this weekend, so I have an excuse to go easy right now and for the month of Dec. It's that time. I'll start building a new base come January.

Run easy and short until you feel good again.

Elizabeth said...

that is seriously the most adorable thing ever. :) i try and have a balance of working out and enjoying myself. I do my best to do both!

Anne said...

J'adore cette photo de tes garçons! Quel plaisir de les trouver ainsi et ensemble :)

Over the holidays I will try and keep up with my program and not to overdo it with the food and alcohol. The hardest for me is getting enough sleep with all the festivities!

Fais attention à toi Caroline.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

With the tri season over and over till late May, I have a LONG time inbetween racing. I am staying fit, but not doing anything structured besides weight lifting, kinda doing a "what do I feel like doing today" which is nice when I come off a "I must do this today" training routine. But I am starting to feel like I need to be back into sturctured training, which doesnt start till Jan

Just Running said...

Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Magic Tree House...Some of the best books. May I also suggest Captain Underpants books.

dreambigrunner.com said...

Fall/winter is always tough on my running. The less daylight and also a little depression makes it very easy to find excuses for not running. I'm trying to fight back and hope to be back up running soon. I hope you are feeling a 100% very soon. Good luck with your last race!