I’m thankful for all the different ways I can eat potatoes
boil ‘em mash ‘em stick ‘em in a stew
Well, my post-Thanksgiving running has gotten off to a slow start — and that’s a rather generous way of saying that I haven’t done any running since last week. Whoops! To be fair, I had planned on getting one last November run in on Saturday, but instead found myself fighting a stomach bug (aka viral gastroenteritis) from late Friday until early Sunday morning. Even today I’m lacking the strength to work out, which is probably a blessing in disguise since my body probably couldn’t handle running or lifting.
The good news is that I did a pretty good job of sticking to my running plan in November; I ended up running 31.95 miles, which doesn’t beat my September best of 39.86 miles, but still!
Anyway, I thought I’d use today to set up some December goals for myself. I have a little over a month until my first half marathon, and I don’t want to suddenly fall behind on my training.
So, here are some running-related and general goals for this last month of 2013:
1) Try to get in at least two maintenance runs per week. I’m willing to be a bit more flexible given holiday obligations/work/weather, but it’s crucial to keep the running up. And bonus: if I remain laser-focused and committed to my plan, I’ll run nearly 50 miles this month. THAT IS CRAZY.
2) Stay on target with the longer weekend runs. Admittedly, these runs are becoming more daunting as the miles continue to grow longer, but I have to stay focused and learn to enjoy the challenge of long distance running. This weekend I need to run 11 miles, and while that number terrifies me, I KNOW I can do it.
3) Embrace cold weather running (snot rockets included).
4) Finish all of my Christmas cards in the next week or so.
5) Same goes for Christmas shopping; I really want to get everything bought and organized early so I’m not wrapping presents Christmas Eve.
6) Bake yummy Christmas treats to give to relatives when visiting for the holidays.
7) Get all of my packing done for Florida/Disney in advance (for once).
8) Maintain a positive attitude, whether at work, at home, or with friends, no matter what.
9) Do a little bit of creative writing every single day.
10) Take time to be thankful and recall the true spirit of the season.
If I don’t stick to these goals, I, like dear ole Buddy the Elf, will be forced to admit that:
And NO ONE wants to utter those words.