Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the holidays but being a creature of routine I lose focus on my diet, among other things.
It's really no excuse but I use the holidays as a convenient reason to eat too much junk; the rational being that it is after all only once a year. Problem is that it undoes all my hard work from the previous 11 months.
Throughout 2013 I was pretty much able to maintain a consistent weight but that changed in October when I quit smoking. Boom, 5 pounds added out of nowhere. Then came Thanksgiving and another 10 pounds around that holiday. At least I got in a good 2 week fast and was able to get rid of that extra flab.
Well, the same thing happened around Christmas/New Years except it was 12 extra pounds and with my race schedule for January and February, fasting is not an option. It's great for weight loss but, there is too much of a negative effect on performance and endurance with a 1/2 in 2 weeks.
At least the holidays did not screw up my training schedule too much but I do notice the extra weight on both my runs and XT.
On the plus side, I had a very encouraging run today. For the past few months I've had some post-run pain in my right foot that didn't seem like a big deal. It didn't seem like anything to worry about since it was a minor ache and didn't seem to be affecting my runs. Like any other ache, I would ice it but a few weeks ago it started to become an issue.
After doing some research, I was glad to find out that it wasn't anything major (at first I feared it was a metatarsal fracture) just extensor tendinitis. Not to downplay tendinitis in the least but after having achilles tendinitis, I knew it was something that was easily treatable.
Since I experienced quite a bit of pain in my extensor on my Thursday recovery run, I decided to take this weekend off from running and just do XT. Well after yesterday's XT session that focused on legs I was surprised to have no pain afterward and gave some thought to possibly running today if I still felt good.
Woke up today pain free and decided to give it a go; I'd just take it easy and run until I started to feel the slightest bit of discomfort. On my last run, I was hurting around mile 4 so I figured that would be my limit today, however I did make provisions for longer (ENERGYbits and Nuun infused H2O).
The run went really well and I feel like I benefited from an extra day off the road. I felt good, felt strong and made it to over 8 miles before I had a flareup. Mission accomplished, I ended the run at 9 miles.
So, 2014 is off to a good start and I think I'm ready to go for the PF Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half Marathon in 2 weeks.