|My Family :) Brother in Law on left, mom, sister, dad, nephew, me and J.|
|This little man has absolutely stolen my heart.|
|Leave it to Aunt Laura and Grandma to get him all riled up!|
|My dad and I trying to help him open his bulk box of baby wipes. This really was an awesome present for him, because he LOVES the crinkly packaging the baby wipes come in.|
|Reading The Night Before Christmas to my cousins little kids.|
I know, I know- enough pictures.
On with it.
Monday: 45 Minutes Elliptical
Thursday: 2 mile TM warm-up, 30 minutes Strength training Core/Legs
Friday: (A.M) 3 mile TM warm-up, 30 minutes Strength training Arms/Core
Friday: (P.M) 3 mile TM run, 22 minutes Stretching & Core Strength, 15 minutes Bike Cool-down
Saturday: 6.15 mile progression run, 10 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes weights
Sunday: 6.2 mile TM run, 25 minutes Stretching/Core/Jump Roping
Total Running Miles: 20.35 miles
Total Cross Training Time: 197 Minutes
As you can see I had no guilt in really taking it easy the first half of the week. I had to work all week (except Christmas Day), that combined with travelling and family time left me wanting to just unwind. (Note: I do not feel guilty for taking time off on the Holidays.) But there is something else....
The truth is....I don't feel right.
Although my legs appreciate this "down time" after a busy year, my stomach is NOT loving it quite so much. Things that I normally eat daily or weekly, no longer sit well with me. My stomach is not digesting food properly, which leaves me constantly nauseous or having stomach pains.
My appetite is the furthest thing from consistent. I'm not overly consistent from day to day even when I am training but throughout the course of the week it usually balances itself out. Right now, although I am not logging my food- I know that it's not healthy and it is affecting my mood, and general feelings of well-being.
At first I thought it was just me this happens to, but after hearing from a few others that they also experience this I felt a little better. The only thing I can think to do right now is get myself back into a routine. I'm not going to kill myself, seeing as I technically still have one week left of "off season" but time to start gearing up for training. Mentally and physically I am craving routine again.
It felt great to strength train more this week, and start getting more workouts in. I forgot how much I used to love strength training regularly- now I just need to make it a habit and not let it fade out (like is usually does). Sadly I can tell I have lost some endurance during this off season the last few weeks but I know that I can get it back. Don't get me wrong, I know backing off for a few weeks was the right thing to do. I'm slowly working my way back though, trying to find my 'normal'.
Last Weeks Goals
I did great with my strength training and blog planning goals for the week but unfortunately I didn't take ANY classes this week. Due to scheduling and my general blah feeling- working out on my own was a better option. I have always been more of a 'individualist' with my runs and workouts so when I am trying to get back into my groove- solo is better for me. Wine night will have to wait!
Goals For This Week
1. 4 Runs-I don't really want to set a distance goal because that wouldn't be very "off season" of me. But with Boston training officially starting next week, a little consistency with running this week will do me some good.
2. 3 Strength Training sessions, I'm going to be a broken record with this one for a while- but I know it will help me get stronger and make a better habit of not neglecting these sessions.
3. 4, yes 4 morning workouts. Normally I'd set a slightly smaller goal especially when pertaining to getting my butt out of bed in the morning. But it's time to make this a habit- and there's no time like now to make this change.
Reward: Fitbit Flex! I have been DYING to get one of these bad boys, and now is the perfect time! My mom has been bugging me to get one (so I can be her fitbit friend and help hold her accountable, I already warned her she is going to regret that decision... LOL, I have NO issues cracking the whip to help get her to her goals!)
This is my last week of "off season", I can't believe it's already been a few weeks since CIM. Another thing I will be working on this week is finalizing my Boston training plan, I can't believe it starts next week! I'm excited to start training again- excited to push myself and see what 2014 has in store for me!
How was your Christmas?
Have you experienced Stomach/GI issues while NOT in training?
Who has a fitbit?
Let me know, so we can be friends WHEN I meet my goals this week!