Recovery Week?

I say recovery week with a question mark because I had no intentions of barely working out this week. I guess my race last weekend really sucked every ounce of energy out of me because I was flat out exhausted to the point of falling asleep on the subway every night this week! I sometimes forget 9.3 miles is only a little shorter than a half marathon! Besides my short recovery workout Monday morning and teaching Spin Tuesday morning, I rested until today. And I feel ready to rock. I did rock, a 3 mile run and taught a Spin class. Boom!

This week felt very holiday-spirited to me despite being miserable from the draining stress of my job. Retail during the holiday season after 10 years just doesn’t get easier. If anything, getting older just makes it harder emotionally. Lots of love was in the air and some of my co-workers gave me very nice gifts and cards. Plus I received a card in the mail from one of my favorite people I don’t get to see enough since she lives in Alaska, a.k.a Rochester, NY. I came home to it after one of the worst nights this week and it made me feel so much better knowing that in some of the toughest times of my life (not just because of work!) I have really great people supporting me.

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When things are really tough, just try to be extra kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for missing workouts or slacking off on eating healthy (um, hello. I’ve eaten so much sugar in the last week it’s really almost embarrassing.. almost.). Just do your best to make as many good choices as you can, and know that you have what it takes to get back to being more consistent. Also, get a mani/pedi.

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Ignore my ugly feet please. No amount of pedicures can help them. I seriously thanked this woman about 215 times. It was the ultimate thing to get at the end of a long week, except my week is not over because I work all weekend. The only thing Christmas means to me these days is a guaranteed paid day off of work and eating good food.

I crawled in bed at 10 last night and was absolutely starving, having not eaten since like 5:30. I grabbed the leftovers of my turkey chili, toasted a piece of bread and put some sea salt on it and ate it cold. Desperate times are actually pretty delicious 😉

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And last but not least, an early Christmas present from the great people at Fitletic! I have wanted to try a running belt for so long but every time I try them on at a store and run around with it (please tell me I’m not the only one who literally tests out running items in the store?) it felt awful. Bulky, not tight enough, too tight, etc. They sent me the Neoprene Double Pouch with a hydration add-on bottle. I will do a full review next month after some more runs and after I use it in my next half marathon! I tested it this morning though and can say I did like it!

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The fact that this outfit had me drenched in sweat 6 minutes into my run means it was almost 60 degrees and it’s December 21st. WTF.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, loves!

What do you do to treat yourself during tough times?

Have you ever ran with a belt/hydration belt?