Happy Decemeber! Not sure how it’s December already, but I’m ready. In the past, Decemeber was always my lowest mileage month of the year. Around the holidays I lose a lot of motivation because I’m not training for anything.
Last year I found out about the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak and decided it was perfect for me. I was able to run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. It wasn’t easy. Some days I had to squeeze in a mile at 10 pm while it was snowing, but I did it. There were plenty of days I wouldn’t have run if I didn’t “have to.” Winter isn’t my favorite running season. It can be really hard to get outside, but I’m always happy I have after I do. Snow running can actually be a lot of fun. And I love not losing my endurance through the winter. This streak helped me begin the new year in better shape than I usually was.
Since I had so much success with the streak last year, I’m going to try again this year! It will be even more difficult this year since I’m working full time, but I think I can do it. It’s already day 6! The time goes by quickly and I end up logging a lot of miles. My goal is to have around a 100 mile month.
I’m also redoing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Program 1.0 this month. I did this last winter as well and found that combining the program with a run streak was possible. This program kicks my butt, but in the best possible way. I love it. I need to take this time of year to cross train and get stronger. Doing a Kayla workout and running on the same day can be hard. And I’m constantly sore for the entire 12 weeks, which makes running harder, but it’s worth it.
I plan on conquering the streak and BBG so that I enter 2016 feeling strong and ready to train for my BQ attempt. Feeling good about this! And ultimately it will help keep me in shape during the holiday season since it used to be my most difficult time of the year — not anymore thanks to Kayla and Runner’s World.
How are you all planning on staying in shape this holiday season?