Monday, December 30, 2013

Training Truths: Christmas Break Workouts

In addition to not having to work and being able to sleep in if I want to, Christmas Break means that I can do workouts in the morning again. I love starting off with a good workout and feeling ready to take on the rest of the day.

On Monday I made my way back to Booty Barre after trying this workout at a NH Blog & Tweet event. Becki must have taken it easy on us that day, because after just a 50 minute session this time, I was sore for two days!


Tuesday was the unofficial Christmas Eve Family 5K. My husband and stepdaughter joined me for a morning Santa hat run to the beach and back. Surprisingly we only got honked at once.

mrC was not impressed with the lack of holiday cheer

Before the unwrapping of Christmas presents and chaos began on Wednesday, I did a quick strength workout in the basement.

While in Massachusetts on Thursday my brother-in-law offered to lead us on a morning-after-Christmas run through Forest Park on the Bright Nights 5K course. It was the perfect follow up to a busy holiday visit. Later we spent an extra 1.5 hours in the car trying to get back to NH during a small snow event, so it was good that we ran before leaving.


Friday was a rest day except for another quick strength workout.

I did my long run on the Manchester Rail Trail on Saturday morning so that mrC could run the first 4 miles with me. The first mile of the trail was a frozen icy mess, but then we found that someone had hand-shoveled a 1.5 mile path large enough for running. Rather than struggle on the trail, I opted to run the last three miles on downtown streets.

My Athleta Polartec tights kept my legs nice and warm!

Sunday was another day of strength followed by a football game workout from Amanda at RunToTheFinish. She always has the best workouts!


With only days remaining, the Chilly Challenge has begun to heat up. There are about 12 challengers  (and several very close) in the running to win a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 17s  Will it be you? Have you posted at least 5 Instagram photos of the daily challenges? Check out some of my favorites from last week.


Did you workout more or less over the holiday?




24 comments:

  1. no workouts---LOTTSA LOTTSA ACTIVE PLAY :-)

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  2. I worked out about the same. Happy New Year!

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  3. I am away skiing so I would say it all equals out. Between the downhill skiing, cross country skiing, mountainous walk/running, and having to get a 5 year old on the ski lift (squat and lift). I love the football time workout. Genius!

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  4. Less... much less... and it was glorious! I think sometimes our bodies need that less is more time!

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  5. haha love that you did the workout...I'm thinking super bowl fun! Sorry you didn't receive more holiday honking :)

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  6. I usually do a lot more since I have more time! This week though was full of sickies so I am fitting it in in spurts! Great week Amy!

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  7. That's a crazy amount of workouts! It's a tough one to stay on top of during a game ;)

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  8. I've found that when I go away on vacay - it's easier to take those much needed breaks. When I'm home I feel the need to get as much done as possible ;)

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  9. It was a tough workout to keep up with during the game! I'm planning to try it again and see if I get better ;)

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  10. Oh no! Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

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  11. I've gotten some of my workouts in but everything's much shorter than usual - can't wait to get back to my regular routine! Sounds like you had a great week!!

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  12. My workouts/running is more "me time" and I find I get less of that during the holidays because we get too many visitors and family that comes home. I hate to take too much "me time" then. Know what I mean? So far I only got 8 miles in over Christmas break! Love the family pic from the 5K run!

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  13. One thing that stayed the same - workouts!

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  14. I work out way less over the holidays...but I so would love to do a family 5k on Christmas Eve... now to get my family motivated! :)

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  15. There is a comfort that comes with a work week routine, isn't there?

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  16. My dad as used the retraction board and swears by it. Hope you're back on your feet soon!

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  17. It does get busy, doesn't it? I think that's why I try to recruit family to go with me...less guilt ;)

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  18. And then things feel somewhat normal, right?

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  19. Don't give up on them...just when you think no one is interested they start popping up all over the place! They're watching us and eventually jump on OUR running wagons ;)

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  20. Thanks for the motivator Amy! :) I wont! happy New Year

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