I decided/had to take yesterday off from blogging to defend my own sanity.
Like I have mentioned 185729301 times before, Christmas is not my favorite time of the year. I’m a pretty positive person throughout the majority of the year, but I have trouble just feeling happy at Christmas time. I’ve written a bit about my remedies for the Christmas blues; for me it helps to stay active, follow my normal routine as much as possible, and take some alone time to recharge. And I tried to put those remedies in place as best I could.
But ALAS! Mother nature got in the way! My Saturday long run was cancelled due to an ice storm, so I ended up doing my 10-miler on Sunday, which meant I needed to keep it low impact on Monday/Christmas day. So I signed up for an 8 am workout class on Christmas morning, which I attended, but it literally started blizzarding while I was in class and I had to drive through white-out conditions to get back home after class. The snow threw off my whole Christmas-calming plan, so admittedly I just wasn’t my best self.
I deal with bad days the same way I deal with bad runs; I try not to give them too much power over me. For, me, it’s important that I don’t let one rough day or one failed long run damage how I see myself as a whole. Like many, many women, I sometimes beat myself up over little failures and disappointments. If I don’t give 110% or endless positivity or constant, relentless effort, I can get really down on myself. This is a line of thinking that has held me back for a long, long time, and working to correct it had been the biggest project of my adult life. And I feel like I need to be open about this because um, no one else is. So I hope for someone else out there reading this is helpful or relatable or something like that!
Leading into the holiday, though, I did follow through with my routines all week, and managed to log a nice number of miles.
- Monday: 3 mile run + Leg Lift
- Tuesday: 30 minutes swimming
- Wednesday: 4 mile run
- Thursday: 3 mile Run
- Friday: 30 minutes swimming
- Saturday: Spin class
- Sunday: 10.5 mile run
- Monday: Barre Class
- Total Weekly Milage: 20.5
Super exciting to be back in the double digits for my long runs, and back in the 20’s for my weekly milage. I am hoping to stick at about 20 miles this week, then start building a little more in January.
I also wanted to share my very exciting running-related christmas gifts with you! My older brothers did a nice job gifting me some running accessories that I am super excited to put to good use this training cycle!
Firstly, this super cool massage roller and foot massaging ball! I already tried them out and they feel SO GOOD.
Then there’s these natural-ish energy gels in really yummy flavors. My brother bought me a whole box, and they look awesome, so i am hoping that they work for me!!
Also a new deluxe heating pad. I am a heating pad addict, just FYI.
And last but not least…another bottle of calcium+vitamin supplements so I can keep fighting the good fight against further bone injuries.
I hope everyone out there had a very Merry Christmas! I’ll be posting a little let then normal this week, as i believe that vacation should be VACATION!!
Now You Tell Me…
- Favorite gift this year?
- Anyone struggling to train with this crazy winter weather?!?
- Any other perfectionists out there? Tips? Strategies?