A Break from the Norm

Yes, I know, this is not my usual Manic Monday post.  But between my foot issues, a mysteriously painful, possibly-strained muscle in my abdomen, and the Thanksgiving holiday, I didn’t really do much last week.  I made it to the gym exactly once and did some random strength stuff at home, but nothing really worth writing about.

Today is December first, and while for the last few months (September, October, November), I’ve done monthly goals and recaps, I’m gonna skip that today as well.  November was a bit of a wash.  I ran twice, got injured, and biked twice.  Again, not really much worth summing up.  And since I’m injured, I won’t be doing too much training, so there’s really no point in setting goals for December, other than “don’t gain 10 pounds because you’re not running anymore.”

I will hopefully be seeing my doctor this week and figuring out what’s up with my gimpy foot.  Until I’m running again, I’ll be spending a lot of time with the recumbent bike and focusing on strength training, which has definitely been lacking over the last year or so.  I’m hopeful that mixing it up a bit and getting myself stronger will mean that all this time off from running won’t necessarily mean a huge loss of fitness and speed once I’m back at it.

And now, to dispel the gloomy tone that has unintentionally crept in, I give you this:

Photo Dec 01, 8 39 48 AM


Do you have any goals for December?

19 thoughts on “A Break from the Norm

  1. SuzLyfe says:

    Hey, we all have months like this. You do what you can do. But you know what happened this month? YOU GOT MARRRRRRRIIIEEEEDDDDD. So WAHOOOOO!
    My goal for December is to keep everything up, and to stay connected with my friends!

  2. txa1265 says:

    Good luck getting into the doctor and getting stuff taking care of! And I hope you have a great December – November was pretty monumental for you guys (yes, I am a sappy old romantic 😉 ).

    As for me … I have a 5K this coming weekend, more of a fun-run – but it will be my first ‘race’ of 2014! Then it is just stick with getting out at least 5 days per week, >40 miles per week … until the weather is bearable again 🙂

  3. irishrunnerchick says:

    I hope the doctor can help you out. I’m about 7-8 weeks ahead of you in recovery and am just getting back outside – so don’t get too down about it. My goal for December is to hit 50 injury-free miles.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I’ve been closely following your recovery because it seems like you were in a similar place to where I am now. Thankfully, I’ve got a doctor appointment this afternoon, so fingers crossed we come up with a good plan!

      I’m so glad you’re back at it–best of luck with December!

  4. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    My goal is to not gain anything on top of the gain from last Christmas that I never lost! 😦 Sorry to hear you are still hurting! Hopefully the doctor will figure it out quickly. Oh that countdown graphic scared me a bit- I wasn’t ready to see 23 days!

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