When my Thanksgiving flight to South Carolina was delayed, I wrote a blog post from my gate about healthy ways to occupy yourself at an airport. It seems that I have bad travel luck this holiday season. I’m writing this post from my seat on the plane going back to South Carolina. We’re delayed on the runway for 45 minutes, due to rain. I’m using the time to catch you up on what’s been going on in my life this month. Having one less week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year has made for an extra crazy holiday season. But who can complain about time spent celebrating 2013 with family and friends?
The first three weeks of half marathon training went incredibly well. I’ve been running three to four days per week and cross training two days per week. It has been difficult giving up some of my weekly fitness classes, but I’m learning to love running. I have Team in Training to thank for that. I run with Manhattan TNT participants and coaches on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Having a coach to teach me about proper form, nutrition, and injury prevention has been a huge help. I’ve worked my way up to a 10K distance (6.2 miles) for my long run and am planning to participate in an official 10K race in January. I’ve been cross training at Exceed Physical Culture, Fhitting Room, Barry’s Bootcamp, and Revolve. Speaking of running, look for a review and giveaway next week!
If you’d like to donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support my training, please click here. I’m already halfway to my goal!
At the beginning of the month, I made a vow to stop considering sleep a luxury. I was in the habit of going to bed after midnight and waking up at 7:30am, often getting 6.5-7 hours of sleep per night. That isn’t terrible, but the late bedtime was starting to take its tole. In the last three weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to get to bed at or before 11:30pm. I’ve been training before work two to three days per week, which leaves evenings free for dinners with friends or cooking meals at home. I still have nights when I come up with silly excuses to stay up late, but my sleep habits are improving. And this is all pre-January 1 resolutions!
Maybe it’s the because I’m headed home for the holidays, but I’ve felt pretty sentimental in the last week. I’ve come to realize how different and special it is to see Christmas from a more adult perspective. During a season when many bloggers are posting gift guides and suggestions for party attire (which is still great!), I’ve found myself reflecting on how blessed I am to have an abundance of love, health, and opportunities in my life. And I try to post more about experiences than I do about things. Setting a goal to train for 13.1 miles has especially helped me appreciate what my body can do, rather than how it looks. Before I head out for my long runs on Saturdays, I like to watch a video or read an article about a special family who has lost a loved one to cancer. The video below is about Brenda Schmitz, who died of ovarian cancer two years ago. She left behind a husband and four sons but arranged for a letter and three wishes to be sent to them this Christmas. Grab your tissues for this one. Thinking about gifts like these got me through the 6.2 miles.