It sort of seems like December has been a whole month of reflecting and planning for the year ahead. However, I don’t want the actual month to go unnoticed! I posted my Year in Review last week, but I did want to take a moment to reflect on this month before jumping into 2018.
December was overall decent month of running. I did struggle for a couple weeks, first with just feeling tired and then there was a lack of motivation. But I bounced back and had a great long run.
There are still a few days left to the month, but I’m looking at finishing it off with close to 100 miles, if I get in a few more runs. This will put me at just over 600 miles for the year. Not where I wanted to be, but still a decent number considering how little I ran in the spring and summer.
There were no races this month, although there were two I almost signed up for at the last minute. Looking back I’m glad I sat them out. It allowed me to be more flexible with my runs the rest of the month.
I started Phase 4 this month and am trying to lift heavier weights. It’s still going well but I am really trying to make sure I use correct form especially with the heavier weight. I even post pictures on Instagram sometimes for feedback!
I feel like I have learned so much from following these plans for 6 months now. I even prescribed some of my favorites for Rob to incorporate into his training.
I’ve been sticking to the bike for cross training and that’s working well enough for me. I ended my gym membership because we are getting a treadmill, but it still has not arrived. Even so, I don’t think I would have used the gym even if I still had the membership. I’m actually thinking once we have it I may use it for walking on non-running days that are just to cold to be outside.
I feel like I got into a rhythm with blogging this month. I go through periods where I struggle to find things to write about, but this month felt like a good mix of topics.
A few posts from this month:
Running Workout Roundup for the Off-Season
5 Ways to Sneak in Workouts During the Busy Holliday Season
Goals for 2018
Year of Running 2017
5 Ways for Runners to Handle Winter Weather
Work was pretty busy but luckily we have a nice break for now. Although I am bracing myself for January when my calendar is already completely full!
It was also a fun month of getting to spend time with family. We hadn’t seen our niece since April!
And now, it’s time for the final round of runfessions for 2017.
1. Still not fueling for long runs
I shared last month that I have been slacking on fueling for long runs. I am still struggling with this. I just want to get out the door in the morning and don’t eat more than maybe a 1/2 of a banana and a Honey Stinger Waffle. I haven’t been bringing water, so even if I have a gel with my I don’t want to take it because I don’t have water. I was pretty tired by the end of my 12 miler last week!
2. Cold all the time
This isn’t really specific to running, but all month I have just been freezing all the time. My office is really cold (at least my corner of it is) and I have had to use my space heater almost every day. I’ve even had to sleep with socks on sometimes (which I don’t like) because my feet are freezing. My hands are always really cold too. I’m not sure what my problem is. I actually feel better when I am running even if it is cold outside, I guess because I am moving and wearing lots of layers.
3. Running same routes all the time
I’ve gotten into the habit of running the same routes week after week. I am ok with this, although they do get boring. In the early mornings I stay close to home because I don’t have to think about it and it seems safer. For long runs I go to a nearby lake where I can just run loops and not have to worry about ice as much if it had snowed and I don’t have to cross any streets once I get there.
4. 4 consecutive days of running
I broke my own rule this week and ran 4 days in a row. I also skipped out on some strength training. Oh well, it’s the holidays and I was traveling. I’ll get back to my usual routine next week.
5. Stalking treadmill delivery
We ordered our treadmill on December 3rd and are still waiting for it to be delivered. There was an initial delay because they ran out of the 2017 model and we had to wait for the 2018 one. That was fine because we are getting the updated model for the price of the old one. It “shipped” to somewhere in Maryland and now it’s just “in transit”. Hopefully we will be contacted soon for them to schedule the delivery. I was really hoping we could get it this week while we are off from work.
And that’s that. This will be my last post for 2017, so I will see you next year! Happy New Year to all!
How did you do with your goals in December?
What do you have to runfess this month?
Is January already looking like a busy month for you?
I’m linking up with No Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs, and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Tuesdays on the Run, Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for the Friday Five 2.0, and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions!