Holidays and being Flexible

Happy Friday!

I can’t believe how quickly the past two weeks have gone by.  I guess that’s always the case when you are on vacation.

I got back yesterday from my parents’ house up in New Jersey where I had been since Monday.  It was sad that Jeff & I were apart for Christmas, but I was able to spend time with my parents, my sister and brother in law and their 3 little ones including my nephew who this was my first visit with.  They live out in Utah but came in for the holidays.  There was a lot of this:



and this:



And I loved every minute of it.  I hadn’t seen my sister’s family in over a year so it was great to see them.  I also got to see some other family friends and my aunt, uncle and cousins on Christmas.  There was also snow!  It was nice to see but I’m glad I got to leave the cold and come back to warm Florida 🙂

When I got home last night, Jeff was just getting out of work so we came home and exchanged our gifts to each other, and Jingo was able to open hers too from “Grandma and Grandpa”.  I think she liked it and yes she fully believes that she has hands and not paws.  We may or may not have given this dog the impression that she is a person.  Wouldn’t have it any other way.



One thing that there was none of on my trip was running or exercise (aside from lifting my nieces and nephew 😉 ).  I knew that the trip would be jam packed and I wasn’t about to take any time away to go to the gym.  I missed 3 runs from my training plan, but I’m not going to worry about it.  I still have over a month left until the half marathon I am running in February and know that missing these workouts is not going to be the reason if I do poorly.

It’s times like the holidays, or other things that may come up in your life that can make you see where running fits into your style.  There are those people that will stop at nothing for a workout and refuse to change a training plan.  All the power to them, but that is not me.  I am fully willing to sacrifice time and sleep to get my workouts in, but there are some times when you have to make the decision to choose other things.  Will a week or less destroy all of the work I’ve put in so far?  I don’t think so at all.

Being that this is my first time using a real training plan, I’m learning the need for flexibility.  I’m following the plan as closely as possible, but not going to fret if I have to move things around or miss a workout here or there.  This goes not only for exercising but for the nutrition it requires too.  This week was Christmas and I ate everything in sight and it was great.  But that is temporary too, and flexibility is important in all aspects of the training cycle.

This morning I was right back into things and went to spin class bright and early, in my brand new workout clothes from Gap Body, thanks to a Christmas gift from my parents.



I think I’m going to have to do some more shopping at Gap!  The pants are capris and have a hidden pocket in the back for keys, fuel, etc and the tank has a built in bra in it and is the perfect length.  Both are wicking material and even though spin classes make me sweat like crazy, I didn’t have the usual feeling that I had just taken a shower as I left the class like I normally do.

That’s it for me, I have 9 miles on the calendar tomorrow, my longest long run yet!

How was your holiday?

Are you flexible in your training plans, or do you follow the to a T?

Anyone shop at Gap Body?

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