Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dang Holidays

Are the Holidays over yet? What's a guy to do to get some workouts in around here. Just kidding, I love the Holidays but it does make it hard to start my training. As I have mentioned before, I have signed up for my first half-marathon the Xterra Boney Mountain Trail Race 21k on Jan 12, 2014. It probably wasn't my best idea to have my very first half-marathon a tough trail race right after the Holidays, but I believe if it is worth doing than it must be worth overdoing, right?

Umm, yea. Looks easy enough.

With the Holidays and the cold weather the last couple of weeks have looked kind of like this.

Saturday - Long run. Up to 9 miles now.
Sunday - Rest
Monday - Cross-train.
Tuesday - Easy run. 4-5 miles.
Wednesday- Cross-train.
Thursday - Hard run. 3-4 miles at 10k pace.
Friday - Cross-train.

As you can see, my training is seriously lacking in certain areas. I am really going to hurt if I can't get some hill repeats in during the week. I probably also need to do some speed work but I will survive without it.



I am still trying to commute with my bike and this week I think I have found a schedule that the bus will always have a bike rack. The problem now though is I have to wake up at 3:30 in order to do my runs in the morning. I am a morning person but 3:30 is pushing it, even for me. So as soon as I solve one issue, another problem occurs. So I will update everyone when I figure out this new dilemma. (I am sure everyone is on the edge of their seats waiting for that update. ha)

I created my race wishlist over on the sidebar of the blog. It took me a couple of days to take the list down from 100 to the current list. It looks like 2014 will be the year of the half marathon for me. Later I will put together a list of races I have done and probably make a PR list as well.

How do you fit running and working out in during the Holidays?


10 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds like an awesome race! The holidays... actually the only problem for me is that I hate running in the dark and it seems that I am working during the hours of light. I have found the past few days that working out especially my little runs are better done at lunchtime. Can't wait to read how the race goes!

    Maria @ The Good Life

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    1. I agree about the dark being a problem. It seems like I leave for work in the dark and than I get home in the dark. Hard to get anything done. I can't wait till the winter solstice so I can start looking forward to some sun again.

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  2. I've never done a trail race...sounds like a great challenge for your first half marathon!

    As for the holidays, I'm packing now and I'm making sure I bring my running clothes with me...no excuses! I think a lot of people do their workouts in the morning around the holiday time so they have the rest of the day for all the festivities!

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    1. I'm glad that I am not traveling for the Holidays. So that makes it a little easier for me to get some time to work out.

      I am really excited for my trail race. It is going to be fun, but tough.

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  3. Wow, it will definitely be an interesting race! And since it's your first it's a definitely PR not matter how hard it is! I'm a fan of big challenges so I think it's a great idea.

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    1. Thanks EB. That is an awesome way to look at it. It is a PR no matter what.:)

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  4. You have a busy year ahead of you and that elevation chart looks brutal! I am lucky enough to be at home (for now) and get my runs and workouts done after I have put my son on the bus but he's off school for the next two weeks so I'll have to get creative. Looks like it will be treadmill runs (there's NO way I'm getting up at 3:30am ... hat's off to you sir!) and take him to the gym with my in the afternoon.

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    1. Thank you. I either have a busy year or I'm overly optimistic. lol. I am excited for a full year of racing and running but hopefully injury free.

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  5. That eCard is true and hilarious.

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