For the first time since the 1920s, CNY saw a green Christmas.
Being home for the holidays sans snow was strange. We tried (and failed) to cut down a Christmas tree. Granted, we had an artificial one set up already, but still. And can we talk about how warm it was? I wore shorts for each of my three runs, and sure, it rained a bit, but now snow. Totally unprecedented.
General training notes: I spent nine days at home, so Earl structured this week as a recovery period. Although I could’ve brought my bike home and rode outside (it was 67 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas Eve!), my wheels stayed in NYC, and I focused on running and strength training—and baking cookies with Grandma. #priorities
Monday – off
Tuesday – a.m. run
Easy 45-minute run in the rain
Wednesday – a.m. strength train
There’s a college in my hometown, so I went to its fitness center for my full-body strength training workout. (I usually swim when I’m home, but I’m still avoiding the pool for another month.) Anyway, this was my first time in a legitimate weight room (vs. gym or fitness facility) in a long time. And although I love getting stronger and getting after it, I did not miss the creepers. My earbuds may be in, but I can still see you trolling around, dude.
Thursday – a.m. run
Earl programmed a six-mile hill run, but I had time for only four. When Christmas cookie baking, frosting, and arranging calls …
Just a “modest 1,000 cookies.” Direct quotation, folks.
Friday – off
Saturday – a.m. strength train
Abbreviated session at home because the fitness center was closed
Sunday – a.m. run
Sub-par planning and a late sunrise led to a shorter run—but a handful of miles are better than none.
All right. Back to the grind …
What did you do for the holidays?