December mileage: 121 miles. Same as how I started 2013. In December, I took 3 complete rest days. I also got on the elliptical five times.
2013 Year to Date: 1574. I feel great about running more than 1500 miles this year. I wasn’t sure what my training and racing would lead to this year. 1574 is an awesome total!
December Long Runs: 9 miles, a few runs from 60-70 minutes (that is what my off-season training plans gives me for ‘long’ runs.)
Core Work: I finished the 30 day challenge. It consisted mostly of squats, sit ups and other types of core exercises. It was definitely a challenge…especially toward the end when I was doing 80+ squats and 70+ sit ups. I would usually do them in sets throughout the day. That way I didn’t get bored trying to do it all at once. And, it is easier to do a set of 35-40 squats than it is to do 85 squats at one time. Maybe that isn’t the true intent of the challenge, but I still did everything. I didn’t get it done in 30 days. I missed 4 days (Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving, because we were traveling, and another random day because my back hurt and I didn’t feel like doing sit ups, and then the day before I was supposed to finish because I was violently ill), so the whole thing took me 34 days.
December Races: Noodleini 15K
Upcoming races: Nothing until April. The Oshkosh Half Marathon is on my birthday this year due to Easter being the following weekend. My specific training plan will start mid-January.