Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Gift to Myself

I recently looked back in my training log and noticed last year in December I only logged a total of 66 miles. That's it. The flu knocked me down hard that month and times when I felt okay enough to run I lacked motivation. It was a bad month for training.

This year - knock on wood - is a completely different story. I'm feeling stronger and my motivation to get fit couldn't be higher. All I want to do is run faster times again and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

So when I got my most recent block of training from Coach Matt, I was excited to see weekly mileage back at 40 with long runs gradually getting longer. Coupled with classes at the Y and a bit of extra strength training on my own, I'm confident I'm way ahead of where I was last December! 

Here's this week's plan:

Monday: 6 mile run + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals + Strength Training
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. 400m intervals
Wednesday: 4 mile run + Y-Fuse + Absolution
Thursday: 6 mile run + Y-Blitz + Y-Kettle Bell Intervals
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 12 mile run
Sunday: 5 mile run

Total: 40 miles

Starting 2015 with better running fitness - it's my gift to myself this year ;)

My questions for you: 
  • How do you stay in shape or improve fitness over the holiday season?
  • What are you gifting yourself this year?

- ST


  1. It's so nice to have goals and structure before the new year even hits! Plus it equals more Chrisrmas cookies ha!;) I gifted myself a new pair of insoles ha. They were 50% off on Cyber Monday. Too good of a deal to pass up:)

    1. Ha, you're absolutely right! More miles = More cookies ;)

      Sounds like a great deal on the insoles. There are so many great deals during the holiday season it's hard to not buy too many presents for yourself - at least I always find it a problem :)

  2. That's a great training week! During the holiday's I make sure to get my run in first thing in the morning. If I wait, the day gets away from me and I'm worn out.

    1. That's a good tip! I wish I could be more of a morning runner. If I can't do an evening run I usually end up resorting to runch!

  3. It's great to get back up to 40 miles per week! I'm working on that now in training for a February marathon. That goal will help motivate me through the holidays.

    1. A marathon in February is a fantastic goal! Just the thing to keep you on track during the holidays :)