Training around the holidays can often be a difficult thing to do. The 2012 Boston Marathon will be my third marathon, so over the past few years I have learned how to squeeze in training in the gym and runs in despite a hectic holiday schedule.
This year I opted to do a 10mi “long run” in my hometown of Oceanside,where I spent Christmas weekend at my parents house with my family. It was definitely a little harder to get going than normal since it was Christmas Eve day and NFL games were on all day. I had incentive to get up and log the mileage before my Chargers kicked off at 1:00PM. I love my hometown of Oceanside and have many fond memories growing up there. For my run I opted to park in the Oceanside Harbor and run south to Carlsbad and back. My run included a lot of picturesque scenery along the Oceanside coastline including; the Harbor (picture below), jetty, the pier, and border of Carlsbad… oh and I can’t forget seeing the legendary Charger #55 Junior Seau enjoying his balcony and even going out on a paddle board session. I yelled “hey Junior! Merry Christmas”, to which he replied, “Merry Christmas”, with a friendly wave. It felt pretty cool to see him and see how much he enjoys life. The 10 miles ended up being pretty enjoyable and the photo below pretty much captures a perfect day in Southern California.
As Christmas passed by and I stuffed my face with as much food and treats as possible, I knew I had to get some work done before my flight to Oakland on Dec.30th. My flight to the bay are isn’t all just for fun as I am visiting my friend Leo who is in the hospital recovering from a coma due to an ATV accident and seeing his brother Adrian as well. Leo has inspired me during this marathon with Team Hoyt and I’m dedicating my run to him in April. I can’t wait to visit him. Monday I decided to hit CrossFit PB and hit our legs pretty hard with heavy front squats and a short WOD of thrusters and bar facing burpees. Tuesday and Wednesday I went to CrossFit class and squeezed in two short training runs after class. Needless to say my legs were pretty shot heading into Thursday.
Thursday, I had 6 miles scheduled.Normally I would have run this on Saturday, but due to the New Year’s holiday and me being in the bay area I adjusted the run to earlier in the week. Being on vacation this week has allowed me to run in the morning instead of at night which has been nice. It also doesn’t hurt that it was in upper 70s and low 80s this week…in December! I took my run from house to the boardwalk nearby and went to the jetty and back to my house to log the miles I need for the day and week. The boardwalk was packed as the sunshine and warm weather brought tourists and locals out in full force. I snapped this picture as I took a break from the run. I often think about how lucky I am to train in an area that not only has great weather, but scenery, and a special vibe that is hard to find in other places. Training where I live definitely makes it a little easier to go out and hit the pavement.
Stay tuned for more posts including a fundraising update, a special Team Hoyt gift I received, and how to balance training and working on the road as I travel to Scottsdale next week.
I would also like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year, wishing all of you the best in 2012!
For more information,please take a moment to check out my 2012 fundraising site here: Donate to Team Hoyt