The end of 2014 is fast approaching, and I will not be racing any more this year. It is unusual for me to not have a goal race on the horizon, but at the same time exciting and freeing. I promised myself earlier this year that I wouldn’t commit myself to a strict training schedule during the holiday season. Fall and winter in San Francisco are not extremely cold, but the rainy days and early sunsets take a toll on my motivation. Plus, I’ve been ill prepared for the holidays in recent years past, as I have been so focused on running and training. Halloween already came and went like lightening, and I need to slow down a little bit and really enjoy the season:
My last-min costume: I literally bought wings and a halo an hour before the Halloween store closed!
Right now, my mind is more set on baking pumpkin pies and making Christmas cards than squeezing in mileage before work. However! This is not to say that I will not be running. In fact, I’m going to use this time to rebuild my base so that next year, when I do race again, I can come back even stronger! My biggest goal for the rest of the year is maintaining a 4-day-a-week running schedule. Since running the San Francisco Marathon in July, I have only been running about 3 days a week, and I want to get back to the 4. I won’t be running crazy 18 milers, but 3 short runs and a moderately longer run will suffice.
Training aside, I still have quite on busy schedule for the rest of the year!
November 13th: I’m walking in ANOTHER fashion show in San Jose.
November 21st: Mockingjay.
November 27th: Thanksgiving.
November 29th: Rich is fighting in Santa Cruz!
December 4-7th: Rich and I will be in Las Vegas for 5 days to watch the UFC and spend some time with my 2 best friends!
December 18-20th (tentative date): I’m going to have an early Christmas in Arizona with my family
December 25th: Christmas!
December 30th: Happy birthday mom!
December 31st: New Years, which I will probably be bartending, so meh
January 16th: Lastly, the biggest event of the season for me…my 33rd birthday!! I think Rich and I will be wine-tasting in Napa!
Did I miss anything?? The holidays are one of my FAVORITE times of the year, there is always so much going on! But I need a rest from an intense training schedule, so that I can fully enjoy the season. I’m considering making the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon in San Francisco on February 1st my FIRST race of 2015 (local, inexpensive, fast and flat), but I haven’t committed to anything yet. My race schedule is wide open for next year, and I’m excited to start planning!