Miles: 114.93 (+ ~42 miles in the pool)
X-Training: 6 (4 elliptical, 2 swim)
Rest Days: 5
Race(s): Fairfax Four Miler (Dec. 31) - 35:01 (a fun run with friends to end the year)
New gear: Nike Frees! I don't intend to run in these, but they'll be my gym and walking around shoes.
Get in a few good long runs - Not every long run was quite as long as I had planned, but I got in a good 17 miler and I think I've done enough to survive Goofy.
Pool run at least once a week - Done. I've really enjoyed my Wednesday morning pool runs and I think they are something I should try to keep on the schedule even when I get back to more serious training.
Stay motivated and mix things up when needed - Done. My motivation hasn't always been high, but I think I did a good job this month making sure that I got some kind of workout in most days.
Non-workout goal: Get back to trying new recipes. I've been slacking the last few months. I did a so so job here. I did cook more though I didn't try a ton of new recipes.
Ice cream flavor of the month: Ice cream was replaced by Christmas cookies this month!
December was an interesting month. I started off wishing that I could have taken a longer break after the Philadelphia marathon, but that wasn't a real option with the Goofy Challenge just over a month away. I decided I'd mix in more pool running and cross training and focus on getting in some type of cardio workout six days a week, rather than pressuring myself to run five times a week. In the end, I think this plan worked out well. I still ended up with more than 100 miles of running and if I add my land and pool miles together, it was actually my third highest total of the year (after the big marathon training months of September and October). So I think I'm ready for Goofy, but I'll know for sure next weekend!
Smart recovery from Goofy - I know that running 39.3 miles in a weekend is going to be a strain on my body and I want to make sure I am smart about recovery so that I can have a strong 2012. With that in mind, I plan to take 3 weeks off from running post-race.
Mix things up during my running break - I don't intend to take a full 3 weeks off from exercise, so this is a good opportunity to try some new things or get back to others that I have neglected (like swimming and yoga)
Swim - I was really enjoying being back in the pool last summer but that got completely abandoned during marathon training. Since I'd like to do some open water swimming this summer, I know I need to start getting back to the pool (even if it is only once a week). What better time to start than during my post Goofy running break?
Races: Goofy Challenge (January 7-8)
Non-workout goal: Clean start to 2012 - I like the idea of the new year being a fresh start and with that in mind, I think it's time to do a good cleaning of my apartment and get rid of those items that I never use and clothes I never wear.