Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What's your Holiday training routine?

Last week was sort of a tough one. Not mentally tough or physically tough, but just tough sticking to my schedule. Like most of you, I am a creature of habit. I actually get a little annoyed when I have to adjust my schedule.

Let's start with Monday. Monday is always my gym day but I had parent teacher conferences at school so I had to stay late. I didn't get to go to the gym.

Tuesday I did get to go to the gym.

Wednesday I got done with work at 12:30. I thought I could get in a nice long gym work out (since it would be closed Thursday and Friday) but of course plans have changed. We decided we would get a head start on our holiday traveling, so we left town as soon as I got home from work.

Thursday morning I did get a short run in with my nephew. It was only a little over a mile, but hey it was something.

Friday it was gorgeous out! I decided that it was a perfect 60 degree day to do my long run. Why should I have to wait till Saturday, right?

 EXCEPT, I got roped into putting the christmas lights up. By the time we got done, I knew I didn't have 2 more hours of daylight left to do the long run. I guess I'll do it Saturday.

Saturday came and it was rainy. I said I would go when it cleared up. It never really did but it got to the point where it stopped raining but was gloomy. I had a baby shower to go to later and again didn't think I'd have enough time to do the run and come back and get ready.

Sunday was the day I was going to run for sure. But then I was really lacking motivation and quite honestly I was afraid to go take a long run after only having worked out once that week. I had some encouraging words from a runner friend about just getting out there and doing it! I didn't listen though. My fear got the best of me. I stayed in and did some online shopping!

Okay, now Monday was starting a new week. I was gonna kick last week to the curb and start fresh.
I got up early and had a great LONG workout at the gym. I then met my sister and did 4.5 miles through town while working on our #runchat scavenger hunt. I had a blast. Our run was so much fun and it really felt good to get out there!

As much as I hate to deviate from my planned runs/ workout routines, I know that I can pick up and start over because Monday is always a new week. I just don't want to make a habit of it. I'd like to blame it on the wonky holiday week when no one is sticking to their usual schedule (even the gym), but I don't know if that is entirely true. I just hope I can maintain some sort of regular schedule during Christmas break. How does your work out schedule change during the holidays?   Or doesn't it?

37 comments:

  1. My routine is going to be crazy this month, but I am really determined to get some kind of workout in each day, even if it is just going for a short walk.

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    1. Yes, short workouts are better than none at all, right?

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  2. My routine has been non existent lately! I need to get back to it because i start training for a full in January!

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  3. It definitely changes when I have off school for an extended period of time for a holiday. I workout later, and I do a little bit more because I am well rested and have the time to do it.

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    1. I like non school days cus I can go to the gym earlier and stay as long as I want ( if it's not a holiday and the gym is open).

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  4. I have the worst time staying on my routine during the holidays!! most of the time the comfort of doing things with my family seems like it would be a bigger pay off... and in PA, with this dreadful weather for 4 months of the year, it's even harder to get out there and run!! especially after a long day at work!

    I keep telling myself to sign up for a race, so I can get back in the training mode.

    good luck with staying on your training schedule!!

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    1. I told myself this was the last year i'm training for something in the winter! But I said that last year too!

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  5. Since I'm moving, starting a new job and all that fun stuff, I have no clue what my workout schedule will look like this next month which should make the Disney marathon in January very interesting...haha!

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    1. Wow, you are busy! Maybe we will meet up in Disney!

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  6. Mine definitely changed last week because my family came into town. But i'm back to it this week!

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    1. Seeing family is a good reason to miss your runs!

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  7. I try to stick with my normal schedule as much as possible. I did rest last week, and even though I thought about running on Saturday, it didn't happen. I haven't run since my 5k but today will change that.

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  8. I'm totally off any kind of plan but I like it that way because I'm on one the entire rest of the year. I'm still getting workouts in, but my runs are shorter and I focus more on strength and swim. I see it as a nice change.

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  9. I'll admit, it's definitely hard to stick to a training schedule during the holidays! I try as best to tweak it week to week as I can. Way to get out there and get it done on Monday!!

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  10. It sounds like you had a really busy week even if you didn't get to work out much. I like that you hit reset on Monday :) I usually work out more in December because I have off winter break, but I will have to see if my legs hold up!

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    1. I find that even on my days off I tend to have aa full schedule!

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  11. Sticking to a routine during the holidays is always so difficult. I try not to get too hard on myself when my busy schedule gets busy, especially if it includes late days at school.

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  12. I have a training plan that I have to enter my workouts in daily and that seems to keep me on target. It is hard to get it in during the holiday season though. I am trying to figure out when to get mine in today since I have a million errands to do and we are going out tonight!

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  13. It totally changes during the holidays - so much to do, so many places to go.
    & dogs to love on (or wrap up in lights) - love that picture :)

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  14. holidays dont mess up my plans as much as traveling. thats the tough one for me because when i travel for work i never know if a meeting is going to run long and if ill have time to hit the hotel gym after. your right though, its a new week to start over and get it done!

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  15. This has been my life the last couple weeks! I can't seem to get into a routine and I'm worried because we are going on a 7 day Christmas cruise and I have the Disney Marathon in a couple weeks. Eeeeeekkk!

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  16. I have a hard time sticking to a schedule during the holidays too because we're always traveling at this time of year. I do my best but try not too sweat it too much if things don't go according to plan. It's also easier since it's the beginning of a training cycle for me and my long runs aren't really long yet. I would be much more worried about sticking to plan if I was doing an earlier race.

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  17. The holidays do make it tough-- but I agree.... you just have to go with it!

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  18. Starting fresh after a setback is the perfect strategy, and something I need to improve on. I find that when I have an off week, even on vacation when I plan to have an off week, it's so hard to get back into the groove. I think I just need to commit to getting back on the horse if I fall off! Holidays aren't a huge challenge for me, luckily, because I don't travel and have a lot of time off from work.

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  19. I generally love having my routine to fall back on during the craziness of the season. I will say that, this time, I'm actually glad that we aren't traveling so that I can be in total control of my workout environments and what I can do (in order to accommodate the injury).

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  20. This post is so symbolic of my life! My workout routine ends up being really fluid because things ALWAYS come up. But I think the flexibility is a good thing because it keeps us on our toes to mix things up and adapt. Great way to make lemons out of lemonade, right?

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  21. I did OK during Thanksgiving week, but find myself very unmotivated this week. I guess that's just part of it.

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  22. It can definitely be tough to stick to a routine while traveling and celebrating the holidays. I also get frustrated about moving things around, but I think its good to change things up once in a while. And like you said, there is always a new week to get back on track!

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  23. Holidays are tough! The travel is tough! We will be gone the next 2 weekends and I am already fretting. No long run for 2 weekends? UGG! Do I try to add a mile or two to my other runs during the week? I am starting to panic a bit!

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  24. The one thing that does not go by the wayside for me are my workouts! If I get my runs in, then everything else falls into place.

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  25. I get super stressed and panicky if I have to deviate from my normal routine at all. This week is challenging but I always get my workouts in!

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  26. Oh man, I hate when my schedule and routine gets all out of whack!! My kids and husband are going to be home from the 21st-3rd, my anxiety is already kicking in. Haha!!

    Jen@Jpabstfitness.com

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  27. I would love to get and stay on a consistent workout regime but it just doesn't seem to work out that way. I don't like when I "excuse" my workout away and end up with low weekly mileage but it happens all the time! You are right though. We can always have a fresh start and shoot for a better week although, for me, it will definitely get worse over the holidays. So much to do!

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