Leisurely mornings are officially over.
I’ve spent the past week at home, working remotely, running last-minute Christmas errands, and hanging out with my family. This is the longest I’ve been back in the Syracuse area since college, and it’s been absolute bliss. Even though I had a long to-do list basically every day, my time at home seemed relatively leisurely—probably because I didn’t have to cram everything into a three-day time frame.
Until next year, Christmas bliss. It’s back to the Big Apple—and back to reality.
General training notes: This was far from a stellar training week. Whether it was leaving my foam roller in NYC, wearing the same pair of shoes all week (which I never do), or yolo-ing on holiday treats and booze, my legs felt absolutely trashed. The runs got logged, but I didn’t feel strong during any of them; I struggled to hit paces and turn over my legs during easy runs. It’s been a while since I’ve had a tougher week of workouts, and with any sport, it’s a question of “when,” not “if.” And that’s OK. I’ll take a series of not-so-great workouts for quality family time any day.
Monday – a.m. run and strength training
Easy four miles on snowy trails, plus upper-body strength training and corework
Tuesday – a.m. run and strength training; p.m. swim
No true speedwork this week, but Coach Pat made sure I wouldn’t slack off: five miles with two-minute pickups every four minutes sandwiched between a 10-min. warm-up and cool-down. And what was the CNY weather like you ask? Mild. I’m talking 40 degrees Fahrenheit. But then there was freezing rain so … never a dull moment. That afternoon, I hit the local college pool for 1,500 yards. The two highpoints included an oldster telling me I would’ve made an excellent rower and seeing a local swimming/triathlon super legit athlete do his thing in the water.
Wednesday – a.m. swim
Another easy-ish swim in my local yokel pool: 1,900 yards, and I actually swam 300 yards straight. It wasn’t pretty, and this was a kick-in-the-pants reminder I need to ramp up my swim volume and endurance.
Thursday – a.m. run
The fact I ran seven miles on Christmas morning in 40-degree weather … with basically no snow … am I really in Upstate New York?
Friday – off
Saturday – a.m. run
Easy four miles before getting coffee with my cousin and seeing Hairspray with family
Sunday – off
Do you find it more difficult to maintain your workout routine during the holidays?