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Running away the Christmas blues in California

Monday, 1 January 2018
Venice Beach

Venice Beach

I disappeared to California for Christmas. I don’t love Christmas and sunshine usually makes it a little bit more bearable.

Every time I say that I don’t like Christmas I feel really stupid because what kind of a person am I that I don’t even like the most beautiful, enjoyable, peaceful and happy time of year?? Well, just HOW beautiful, enjoyable, peaceful and happy IS that time of year? I know that lots of people struggle because the pressure for everything to be perfect is real but still to say out loud that you don’t enjoy it seems wrong because Christmas must.be.loved.

Anyway, I grew up without Christmas but I don’t feel like psychoanalysing all this right now so let’s just talk about running :D

I don’t normally run on holidays. Just because I don’t want to and have other things to do.

Santa Monica beach

Santa Monica beach

Right before this trip I noticed on Strava that I was a 100 or so kms away from a yearly total of 2000km and I love a nice big juicy number so I decided to go for it and run during the holidays.

It sort of worked out quite well – my oldest kid had to study for upcoming exams (first thing in January!) so in the mornings when he studied, I headed out for a run. In Santa Monica / Venice Beach it was easy to enjoy holiday running – the sun was shining, lots of other people running, beautiful scenery.

In Big Sur State Park it was COLD (compared to LA) and most trails were going UP but I found a way to clock in some miles mostly along a creek.

When we got to Santa Cruz I realised that I had left my Garmin in Big Sur! I hyperventilated only a few minutes though and after a busy day ran on a treadmill for 7km – it was agony and I should have skipped that run. Treadmill running is the worst of the worst. It makes me nauseous and it’s boring and it feels like punishment and not fitness, every single time.

Once in San Fransisco I had many beautiful runs in Golden Gate Park, just using Runmeter on my phone. I caught a bit of a cold in SF though, I think I should have packed warmer running gear, early mornings were quite chilly.

On 30th of December I reached that 2000 km :)

Now I’m going to recover from this cold and from jetlag and then start plotting the plans and goals for 2018.

In 2017 I didn’t race very much as it was a marathon year and I focused on that. I did get a 5km PB, a half marathon PB and a marathon PB. I had no injuries and no major setbacks. I think on all accounts it can be considered a pretty good running year :)

This morning I’ve signed up for a few races in 2018, I want to do more 10k-s and I want to train specifically to get a faster half marathon time. I normally don’t train for them, I just run as I run and see what happens on race day. I enjoyed a time-goal specific marathon training plan though so I’m going to do the same for half marathons.

In the back of my mind I do have a niggling thought that I’ve gotten a bit heavy for fast running but I’m trying hard NOT to make any weight related goals. I’m going to use what I have and do the best with that. I think that’s a good motto for 2018.

I hope you came through Christmas alright! Here’s to a shiny brand new year!

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  • Katie Groome Monday, 1 January 2018 at 22:04

    Don’t worry about not liking Christmas, it’s not for everyone & it is bloody tough at times.
    I think the fact you got away sounds like the ideal solution if I’m honest
    On a side note, you’re not too heavy! Chances are you might surprise yourself…

    • Lina • Mind over Matter Tuesday, 2 January 2018 at 11:21

      We escape to somewhere warmer almost every Christmas these days :P It helps to have family in those parts of the world so it’s still a family Christmas :)

  • Claire Tiley Monday, 1 January 2018 at 13:45

    Fantastic blog and hugely impressive tally for the year. Looking forward to reading more blogs in 2018.

    • Lina • Mind over Matter Tuesday, 2 January 2018 at 11:23

      I have never run that much in one year before so I’m pretty happy although in general I’m more a quality over quantity type of runner. We’ll see what 2018 will bring, speed OR distance again, who knows.