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Working off those biscuits

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Did anyone else say, “I will NOT let myself slack over the holidays.”, and still slack anyway? I certainly did and gave myself a hard time over it for the first week. I realllllly wanted to keep the momentum I had going on, but just let it slip away once I got back home around my family. I have a nephew (8) and two nieces (6 and almost 2) that just adore me and I find it hard to pull away from them, while also having to tell them that they can’t come with me while I run or workout. Who wants to do that?!

The older two do love running with me when I do hill repeats in front of their house. I only did that one time this trip, and that was the only workout I did the whole TWO weeks I was there. We did go to an amusement park to see lights one weekend and did walk several miles.

Since I was feeling my shin a tiny bit before the break, I finally let myself enjoy the time off and take it as healing time. I went two weeks without running and almost three weeks without cross-training. Ouch. Rest is always good but not THAT much rest, especially when it wasn’t required. And especially when I was getting my fill of biscuits whenever possible. I was supposed to start training for New Jersey on 12/24, but I have shaved off two weeks from the program, making my official start date TODAY!

Last week was my first week back to work and I dove right in to cross-training. BOY did I pay for that laziness! I was sore AF most of last week! I felt almost as sore as I felt after doing the Leadville Heavy Half last year! It felt so good to be back at it and I was even [kinda] thankful for the soreness.

Sunday, I ran out some of the soreness with co-worker/friends Kelli and Amy at the Resolve 10K at City Park! First race of 2019 and the first January race that I’d run since 2011 (thanks Athlinks!)! I’d almost forgotten that we were doing it until I got back to work on Tuesday. I had talked the gals into running the 10K but they both wanted to drop down to the 5K. I almost did too so that I could just fun-run with them, but I changed my mind race morning. The 10K was two of the 5K loops anyway, so I was able to run the first loop with them. We were going at an easy pace, so I ended up picking it up for the second 5K. I really dislike the course because of how uneven the pavement is in a lot of spots. I ALWAYS get blisters there no matter how far I run or what shoes I run in. It’s the same course as the Pumpkin Pie double I did in November where I had to do THREE laps. Ugh. I got it done, got my medal, and we went to brunch afterwards – best part of the day!  Splits: 9:43, 9:20, 9:20, 8:41, 8:51 (stopped for water), and 8:40 – pretty consistent on the second half!

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Kelli, myself (wearing my owl earmuffs), and Amy

Thanks for reading,

Chris

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We need a better pic of those owl earmuffs. Where are the owls?

Last Christmas I purposely let myself go and wasn't happy with how it turned out. This year was better. Guess I'm too old to be letting myself go anymore.

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I had the same delay in prepping for 5K training. I haven't been running as consistently as I needed to be, so I've had to work in a buildup of mileage for the training plan. It shaves about 2 weeks off of training, but I figure if I don't PR at my goal race, it's pretty easy (and relatively cheap), so sign up for another 5K a few weeks later. 

I miss City Park races! 

 

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I always let myself go the week between Christmas and New Years. By the end of the week I feel so awful from the bloated gut and 100x sugar intake it serves as a good reminder to never again let that be my normal. 

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6 minutes ago, Gonzo Runner said:

I always let myself go the week between Christmas and New Years. By the end of the week I feel so awful from the bloated gut and 100x sugar intake it serves as a good reminder to never again let that be my normal. 

I've certainly learning my lesson! Blek! I deserved all the soreness that I got!

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Awww, it's so good to get family time and just enjoy the holidays if you can. Glad you had a race (& friends) to get you jump-started into the next training cycle. 

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12 minutes ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

Awww, it's so good to get family time and just enjoy the holidays if you can. Glad you had a race (& friends) to get you jump-started into the next training cycle. 

I was VERY eager to get back home and get back to it!

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I too did almost nothing for two weeks. First I was traveling. And it was cold...

Then I got a cold. And I was lazy.

Now I'm paying for it. 14 weeks to Boston and I'm already hopelessly behind. Oh well. One day at a time.

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I kept up with the running over the holidays, but I also ate every bit of sugary stuff that I came across. Zero self control. Now I'm paying the price in a few extra pounds...

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Isn't it amazing how fast fitness declines??  I ran a ton over the holidays (trying to come back from an 8 week injury lay-off) but my eating was terrible, plus the injury lay-off was not good for my waistline...oy.

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Congrats on starting your training, and for doing your first race of the year!

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