Friday, December 31, 2010

WDW Half Marathon Training - Week Twelve: Christmas Fun with the Family

Happy Holidays!  I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas week.  I have to admit that training this week was a challenge at times.  When family is around it is hard to go out and run for two hours.  
It is officially taper time as there is less than two weeks until race day!  At the beginning of the week I was in Beaufort for Christmas with my Dad's family.  

Monday I went for a run down a few neighborhoods in the area.  It was bit chilly and rough at points but I ran about three miles.  It was my first run since the 10 miler on Saturday so I wanted to take it easy.  

Tuesday I did my own little circuit workout while watching some TV in the den.  I just brought along my five pound weights, so I made due with those.  I did a little bit of everything some leg, arm, and ab moves.  My workout routine has been missing some strength training so I am glad I got in.
Siblings & Cousins
Wednesday was a rest day and also happened to be the day we planned for our early Christmas.  We first opened gifts from my dad and step-mother.  Afterwards we headed down the street to my grandmothers house for dinner, presents, and to spend some time with the family.  It was a good Christmas and nice to spend time with my dad, grandparents, aunts, uncle, and cousins.  Check out some of the loot I got, including a new iPod Nano and new digital camera!

Thursday my siblings and I traveled down to Florida for Christmas with our mom.  My legs were quite sore today, I think those squats and lunges from Tuesday caught up with me.  I didn't get my run in, because I was sore and didn't feel like running.  I wanted to spend time with my family so I did that instead.  In fact, my brother, Patrick, step-dad, Andy, and I all headed out to a Magic game that evening.  We got to go to the fancy new Amway Center and it was, indeed, fancy, techy, clean, and big.  We walked around the arena, grabbed some food, and headed to our seats.  We were up quite high, but could see the court pretty clearly.  Plus Amway has this massive TV screen that displays the game.  The game was fun and full of energy, plus the Magic won - wohoo!  

Friday, Christmas Eve, I finally got that run in.  It was a mild 73 degrees out so I made a loop around the neighborhood.  I also finished with four stride drills.  I tell you what, these drills make me feel like I can go go go!  It is only 30 seconds but it is fun to see how fast you can run.  That evening I went to work a short shift at Universal Studios in the Macy's Christmas Parade.  It was a lot of waiting around, but the parade part was fun.  I walked through the park escorting a giant blue ornament.  That night we had some delicioso enchiladas for dinner, decorated a gingerbread house, and watched The Santa Clause.  

Some of my Christmas gifts
Christmas day we all got up around 8:30 and came down to open presents.  Mom and Andy had homemade cinnamon rolls in the oven for afterwards (and they were amazing!).  You probably already know I love Christmas, the season, the tree, family and friends, the music, everything, and unfortunately I woke up sick.  I blame the gloves, that they most likely don't wash, that I had to wear at the parade the other day.  Besides a congested head and runny nose Christmas festivities continued with lots of smiles, laughs, food, and good company.  Santa got lots of wonderful gifts this year for everyone in the family.  Patrick, Caroline (my sister), and I even went on a nice bike ride through the neighborhood.

I decided to move my long run to Sunday since I was not feeling feeling well, but I woke up Sunday feeling even worse so it was moved to Monday.  I still was not feeling great, but it needed to be done.  It was freezing outside, like literally freezing, 31 degrees, so I opted to run on the treadmill at the gym as to not make my cold any worse.  Eight miles were planned with a run/walk pace of 3/1.  I was not excited about going that far on the treadmill, but it needed to be done.  Luckily I got control of one of the TVs and watched the Today show while running, which helped pass the time.  This run was rough at points and the last three miles I could feel my medicine starting to wear off, but I did it.  

All in all everything worked out.  I got to spend time with my family, eat great food, keep up with my training, and had a wonderful Christmas!  I can't believe the race is so close....

How did you handle training or working out during the holiday?  Did you get everything you asked for from Santa?

1 comment:

DisneyGirlInNJ said...

Sounds like a great Christmas! :) I honestly can't imagine running 8 miles on a treadmill, I always get SO bored. The most I've done is probably 5 and that was enough for me. Hope you're feeling better!

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