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December is always slow


SandiBeach

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Hi All!

I don't want to see this place go away, and I know that requires contributing more regularly.  Thus, New Year's Resolution #1 - (setting an achievable goal) - post something (anything - even if it is to check in with a "no runs" update) at least twice a month.  I'm hoping #1 helps with accountability for #2 - Run consistently.     

Now for the title of this post- I can never run well in December.  It is a fact that I know exists, and I don't try to do anything about.  In a typical year, I train through the fall and then Thanksgiving hits like a wall and I stop pretty much any running/training and mentally focus/spend my free time on Christmas and Christmas fun.  However, most years I at least complete a marathon in January, so I do a little "crash training" at the end of December to "revive" my previous training.  This year is different of course.  I have no "previous training" to speak of and no marathon to complete in January.  My "previous training" pretty much ended after my last post.  My motivation went away, so I just walked. No running at all.  Since I wasn't far into getting back in shape after having DS, I lost all running ability over the more than a month of "Christmassing." <--- I'm going with, "that's a word and it means the  act of forgetting everything else and enjoying all that the Christmas season has to offer - baking - YUM! plus snuggling with DD and DS all of the time!" I wouldn't change that for anything, but now I'm staring at January in pretty poor running shape, which is normal, but worse this year compared to any other year since I started running. Bleh.

On to resolution #2 - consistent running.  Small, achievable goals is always my mentality.  (I like high fiving myself! 😆) I'm aiming for at least 6 miles a week, and hoping for an average of 2 miles a day.  So far, so good.  I ran 2.5 miles, 2.2 miles and 2.3 miles this month and today, I'm hoping for another approx. 2 miles.  2 miles (at any speed) is easy for my out-of-shape body, so I can always talk myself into "it's just a quick 20 minutes." Mostly that is just to stop psyching myself out of doing any run because I think it will be hard, which was happening with 3 and 4 mile runs (oh how I miss when 6 miles was an "easy" distance).  The 6 mile/week goal let's me be flexible to some extent and to give my bones/joints some rest if needed, so I think it is doable - I will reassess at the beginning of February - hoping for an increase.

I look forward to updating the Loop with my 2 mile/day progress soon!

As for this week, I also have the motivation and excitement of a first date with a new pair of shoes! 😍

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News shoes are always worth mentioning. Let's hear it for 2021 goals!

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I kept running in December, but completely quit my job search (at least I am employed, but I need a career change...). Something had to give. But I spent a solid half hour (ok, not great, but I worked a full day from home too) working on it. Small bites...so the 2 mile goal sounds like a great plan to me.

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For an easy mental boost, try switching to the much more impressive 3.21869 kilometers. I like the get out the door approach. Once you're past the first mile it gets easier. OK, it gets easier for me because I tend to quit,  but still.

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Glad to know that I’m not the only looking at a 2 mile 3x/week plan to get back into the swing of things!

Lets do this!

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12 hours ago, amarie2009 said:

I kept running in December, but completely quit my job search (at least I am employed, but I need a career change...). Something had to give. But I spent a solid half hour (ok, not great, but I worked a full day from home too) working on it. Small bites...so the 2 mile goal sounds like a great plan to me.

Hopefully small bites lead to big bites, but to just keep going on the small bites is my thought process for now.  Good luck!

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11 hours ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

For an easy mental boost, try switching to the much more impressive 3.21869 kilometers. I like the get out the door approach. Once you're past the first mile it gets easier. OK, it gets easier for me because I tend to quit,  but still.

Not sure if a kilometer switch will help me, or intimidate me... 3.21869Ks sounds a lot farther than 2 miles.  Anything to trick yourself into getting out the door. One mile is still one mile.  I got 1.16 miles in last night, but I got out the door!

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11 hours ago, whirlingwirz said:

Glad to know that I’m not the only looking at a 2 mile 3x/week plan to get back into the swing of things!

Lets do this!

I hoping that the guilt of missing such a small goal will keep me accountable.  That, and some loop accountability should help!

We've got this! 2021 here we come!

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