Leading up to Christmas I kept much of the same routine. I have stopped using the elliptical for the most part, now trying to focus on weight training and the treadmill.
I knew that staying true to all of this health business would be tested given the holiday. I was right and did what I could to make do while at home and confronted with a seemingly endless supply of goodies. Nice running trails are hard to come by at my moms place, so I was forced to compromise. I wound up making a couple of laps around some mountain near her place. It was around a 5 mile run, up more hills than I have ever tried. I didn't set any record pace, but overall I felt like I did pretty well. The next day I hit a real trail to avoid holiday traffic on the highway I was on the day before and just ran until the trail run out, probably less than 3 miles round trip. .
Taylor told me of a 10k in Springfield, MO Sunday. I proceeded to break every "what not to do the day before a race" rule Saturday night and did what I could Sunday. This race I actually knew what to do with the timing chip and, despite them spelling my name as Elio Bozeman, was able to have an official recorded time of 1:00:43 (nearly 10 minutes faster than my Route 66 time less than a month and a half ago and a 9:46 mile average).
As I finished with a serious endorphin rush, I felt for the first time that I could actually finish this marathon. My time was considerably faster and I felt stronger for the entire race. Always great to realize some improvements.
As the holidays have now wrapped up, I am not all that disappointed in myself. Since I have been back in Tulsa, I have run a solid 10 miles and didn't stray all that far from my diet. I am trying to pick up my pace during my 3-5 mile weekday runs. I look forward to seeing if I can still lift the weight I was up to at the gym after 2 weeks off. The weather is beautiful and I will do what I can to make the most of it.
I will keep you posted.