After you do the same exercises over and over, you create muscle memory, which can be good and bad. Good because you become more efficient but bad because you’re no longer making big fitness gains. I feel like the same thing happens with my emotional memory during the holiday season. I repeat a cycle of missing my mom, who absolutely loved Christmas, of getting overwhelmed by my kids constant “add this to my Christmas list” and fitting in all my training around parties, family time and the weather.
This last week, I decided to create new muscle and mind memories and remember just who the hell I am.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 5, 2016
I’m back bitches! The pep is back in my step and my legs feel like mine again. It took a lot of love and some patience but, this last week of running, my legs remembered the bad ass they belong too.
Monday: Fartlek run | 6.31 miles | 7:52 average pace
Wednesday: Speed work | 5 miles with 4 x 100 meters @5:13 before Barre class
Friday: Tempo run with 4 x 5 minutes @6:40 – 5:53 before swim
Saturday: 1 hour long run | 9 miles
Total = 26.31
I’m back to basement dwelling on the trainer but I’m absolutely loving it! How is this possible? Because my legs and lungs feel great and I’ve been listening to Elite Minds by Dr. Stan Beecham while I ride. I wrote about how he taught me “better is the enemy of best” and listening to his mental strength wisdom while I’m training has an amazing effect on my ability to absorb his lessons. I don’t know why it’s taken me this long but I will be listening to motivational books while I ride from now on.
Tuesday: Strength 1/2 min intervals with low cadence | 15.8 miles
Thursday: Base build aerobic 10 min intervals | 17.7 miles
Total = 33.5 miles
Things are looking up in the water as well. I had one really tough workout, one recovery workout and zero shoulder pain. I’ll call that a win.
Tuesday: 4 x 50s and 100s for speed on 45 seconds and 1:45 respectively | 2100 yards
Friday: Recovery swim after run | 1200 yards
Total = 3300 yards
You all probably know by now that getting monthly boxes full of stuff you love in your mailbox is a thing. You can get a box filled with almost anything you’re passionate about – jewelry, clothing, pets, food – shipped to your house on a monthly basis for a nominal fee. In fact, one of my very first ambassadorships was for TheRunnerBox, which was obviously filled with goodies for runners. I loved it and loved representing them.
They even sent me a complimentary one:
As you know, I have been cooking up a storm. Seriously, I have and mostly it sucks but the end product is pretty great and, having ready to eat meals most days of the week is fantastic. However, in my never ending quest to simplify, it was Tina to the rescue!
I just received my first shipment and my freezer is overloaded! I ordered them because you simply add a liquid, heat or blend and eat. Seems easy and delicious. I’ll report back.
Update: Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook: I have made nothing because there are ingredients like “almond meal” and “grated Zucchini” so obviously I don’t have time for that right now!
THINGS I LOVE
The shopping day my dad, brother and I take every year.
When my mom was at her sickest, the last Christmas she celebrated in 1992, she could barely get out of bed. She told my dad to take my brother and I shopping so we wouldn’t be upset, and she probably needed my dad to buy a ton of last minute presents since in 1992, there was no Amazon. Oh how that woman suffered on every level! But, I digress…
Since that first year, the three of us pick a day in December and go shopping together. We have done it though college, though marriages and kids and everything else and it is one of my most favorite days of the year. Obviously it’s less about the shopping and more about being together, just the three of us, talking about my mom, eating and drinking and remembering a time when it was just us.
This is one memory I want to keep forever. Thanks mom.
THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH
Anyone who takes their health and family for granted. See above.
Obviously I’m listening to Elite Minds and I’m still making my way though Megyn Kelly’s book Settle for More so, I have an incredible gift guide instead:
KUHL Women’s Holiday Gift Guide | KUHL.com
Please, please, please give someone you love very much the Flight Jacket ($169) for Christmas. It is the best ever.
If you have not yet heard of this comedian, Sebastian Maniscalo, you are in for a treat. My brother introduced me to him and he’s seriously the funniest guy I have heard since Chris Rock’s Bring the Pain:
Yes, I am.
RANDOM EXCHANGE OF THE WEEK
The following conversation happened at my local (and I mean local) post office when I went to get stamps for my holiday cards…
Me: I need holiday stamps.
Mailman: Oh ok! We have all of these but are out of the candles. *proceeds to show me four different kinds of religious stamps with Jesus or camels walking through the desert on them.*
Me: So, we’re going all religious this year?
Mailman; Well, that’s the reason for the season, right? gigantic goofy grin
Me: If that were true, you wouldn’t be out of the candle stamps, would you?
Mailman: *stands there, blinking*
I took the ones with the camels walking though the desert following the north star on them.