Another week of training in the books, fueled by (pre) holiday treats! The “We are all in this together!” posts are weekly training updates – glimpses into my personal training weeks with all the highs and lows, struggles and successes.
Snowshoe runs for most miles this week. While the snowshoe pace is slowed, the surroundings are blanketed in deep snow providing a stillness and sense of solitude. This pre-holiday week, while merry and bright, can also be immensely stressful. I noticed this stress affecting my runs. My breathing was more labored, my heart rate increased more quickly, and I felt fatigued when I otherwise wouldn’t have. So, I stopped. I stopped dead in my tracks, looked around at the snow-capped surroundings and reminded myself, of all things, I get to do THIS today and I get to be HERE right now. This is my trusty go-to for when I feel like my run needs a “reset”, and it works – every damn time. Pausing and acknowledging how fortunate I am overwhelms me with gratitude and inspires me to push on.
Stress aside, snowshoe running has been significantly slower – so for these runs I don’t go by mileage, rather I go by time. It was fun to participate in a community Reindeer Dash fun run through the local running store this week. Nice to share some holiday cheer with the local running community enjoying a run along the shores of Lake Superior and holiday celebration – complete with accordion sing-along! To wrap up this week’s training, I took the cross – country skis out for a cross training day and other cross training this week included strength training x2 and some causal yoga at home.
For last week’s post I had just begun reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. It has continued to be a great read. I’ve enjoyed reading how Murakami began running and the role it has played in his life. In this portion of the book he also discusses his decision to close his successful business and pursue his dream of becoming a novelist. He weaves running into the story of how this life change unfolded, the roles it has played – staying active, weight management, working through experiences and emotions, etc. Like for many of us, running becomes a character in our story – a constant as our path twists and turns.
My thoughts for this upcoming week are on nutrition. Overall, nutrition was solid this past week except… (pre) holiday treats! Partaking in some holiday treats is something I absolutely build into my training plan. After all, a happy athlete is oftentimes a faster athlete and there’s so much enjoyment in enjoying food with family and friends. Basically, I just try to remain mindful and selective about what I choose to indulge in and then enjoy it! Will I be eating more holiday treats this upcoming week? Absolutely, yes. Looking for a last minute cookie recipe? Here’s a great one from Running to the Kitchen: https://www.runningtothekitchen.com/almond-chocolate-thumbprint-cookies/
Happy Holidays! Have a great week!
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