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:
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.