Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Challenges...

Why Hello December!  How did you get here so quickly?  Here we are firmly planted in the holiday season...  cookies, sweets and treats and also a variety of workout challenges to try and counter-balance the situation.   As I had my spoon firmly planted in 10 gallons of banana pudding, KC roped me into a December running challenge.  The challenge is to run every day in December.  A mile, 3 miles, 10 miles, whatever.  Just run.  About the same time, Michael gave a shout out for her 5k a day in December challenge.  Always the over achiever, I am doing that cheating since I am still only running once a day?  I am in the middle of marathon training so a little nervous about taking off running every single day but am planning to mix in some slower leisurely walk/runs so it won't be like I am doing sprints every day.  (I can see my coach shaking her head right about now...  don't you worry it will be all bizness when January 1 rolls around!)

Speaking of challenges, if you haven't been following Frayed Laces' Trainer Tuesday workouts, they are pretty awesome.  Check them out get to spinning!  You can do it as a group at 5:30 EST via twitter or do it on your own at a different time, either way you are guaranteed to get your sweat on.

This weekend included an awesome strength training workout Saturday afternoon with Kacie, Susan and a few others.  It was a fundraiser for Kacie who is training for RAAM next year.  She is doing it as a two person team which blows my mind - all part of life for her though as she has already done it part of a larger team last year and has done an double ironman.  WOW.  Our trainer was Kate who kicked us around for about 90 minutes before we crawled out of the gym praying that our legs will still function later this week.  I kid...  It was so much fun.  It turns out while the rest in the group excel at double ironmans, Kona, and just generally being cool people, my hidden talent involves crawling across the floor in a plank position with my feet on wheels.  Not nearly as many cool points as a double ironman but definitely fun :)  

If you are in the Atlanta area, check out Kacie's team blog for info on the Crowie Alexander meet and greet/group run at All 3 Sports this weekend!

While I was out crawling across the gym on wheels, CR was out reliving his go-kart racing days.  He went out there just to look around and some guy let him take a kart out and run some laps.  Way too generous...  He had a blast racing around a local track on four wheels.  When he got home he had a smile from ear to ear that just wouldn't go away.  So glad he got to get out and do something fun.  He works a ridiculous number of hours a week which makes him not want to do much more than rest on his days off.  He had been looking up information on this track for over a week so it was pretty awesome that he got to take off early today and check it out.  Go Speed Racer!

Tri training gets back into swing next week.  I see a ton of workouts in training peaks waiting for me :)  Guess play time is over and time to get back on a schedule!  Hope you guys have a great week!


Matthew Smith said...

You're pretty awesome to actually go back out and run another 10 tomorrow. I'm sure that if I went back out, I'd pansy out after 4 or 5. Good for you!

Are you gonna go meet Crowie? If my baby hasn't come yet, I'm thinking about sneaking down there on Friday.

Keep up the good running!

Michael said...

Thanks for joining the 5K A Day Challenge. Rules and a Tracking spreadsheet are on my blog

And totally not cheating btw :)

Colleen said...

Look at you, being all active and all. :)

So glad that you had fun with Kacie. She said that she loved meeting you. Yay... now you can get together when we do tacos and margaritas, followed by fro-yo. :)

I didn't know you got a coach. Or did I? Mari?

We need to see each other to catch up. Tom's out of town all next week. Wanna try to meet up?

Meggan Johnson said...

Sounds awesome! Happy Holidays!

ajh said...

Two December challenges! You are an over achiever! Good luck and have fun.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Meeting Crowie would be cool!!

Good luck on the challenges

If you are looking for some trainer workouts, I suggest Sufferfest videos, some of the better trainer workouts I have seen

Kim said...

Wow - sounds like you have all kinds of fun athletic things going on. I'm trying to picture the plank crawl on wheels - sounds a little scary!! Good luck with the December challenges!

Suz and Allan said...

There seem to be so many winter challenges this year. It's hard to only do a couple.

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Mari Fridenmaker said...

Head shake followed by a sigh...and a wink. Luckily YOU have the core strength to take on and dominate these challenges! Thanks for giving a shout out to Frayed Laces! I've done all three of her workouts so far and they are so a sweaty sort of way! Yee Haw!

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Jill said...

The running every day will be a really fun goal for the month, and hopefully a great way to keep the holiday pounds from creeping up!

It'd be so cool to meet Crowie...are you going to go? I met a guy today at work who had done Kona...I sort of stalked him the whole time he was in the store :).

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