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Hump Day Giveaway: December Goal, Please

December 1, 2010

The only thing between you and a goal on December 31st: one (important) piece.

As I mentioned on Monday, December is great for many things: overstuffing yourself with 2,000 calories of just cookies; overspending on plastic toys that will be interesting for exactly three hours, then will forgotten forever; oversaturating yourself with family time so that by December 31, you fantasize about being at a New Year’s Eve party when you were 22 years old, wondering who you might kiss at midnight. It’s the only way to escape the reality of going to bed at 9:30 (it’s midnight somewhere!) because one kid is sick so you’ll be up again within hours and because you need to be asleep before your husband, who snores loudly when he drinks too much champagne.

What to do? Make it more overscheduled, of course. But in a good way. By making sure you take care of yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. By setting a doable exercise goal for December and then being accountable to your fellow RLAM’ers. Emphasize doable: this isn’t the month to shoot for the stars. Instead, think maintenance; keeping your fitness at its current level for December is definitely a success.

That said, my goal for December is to only miss one workout a week, which will have 5 cardio, 2 Pilates and 2 strength training workouts. (Sounds hard-core, but remember, I’m in button-down mode for the Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon. I’ve got a serious mountain to climb.) SBS, who doesn’t have a starting line on her mind this month, wants to make sure she does one hill workout a week.

Who needs a belly like a bowl full of jelly when this gnar jacket can keep you warm?

What’s your goal? Anything goes: it can range from the minimum (doing one workout at least every 72 hours) to marathon-training, if that’s where you’re at. Make it something you can chart weekly, and make it achievable. Let us know, and one random winner will take home a toasty, stylish Sierra Designs Gnar jacket. Unless you live in Alaska, you probably don’t want to run in it, but the streamlined puffy is perfect for everything else, from spectating a race to snowshoeing to giving your winter landscape a little lift.

A few administrative notes: For the month of December, I’ll put up a post every Sunday here, asking people to let us know how their week went. Not super techy, I realize, but it’ll do. Chime in if you’ve met your goal, chime in if you didn’t. After all, RLAM is about keeping it real and realizing we’re getting through this together.

Also, we had some requests to put up winners of contests here on the blog, and, from here on out, I’ll do that every Wednesday as well. I have and continue to also e-mail the winner(s), so with Facebook, the announcement here and a personalized e-mail, hopefully that’ll clear up any issues.

So happy December 1 to all. How are you going to survive–and thrive–during this month?

441 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie McCall permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:15 am

    I’m heading to Hawaii on Saturday and while I’ve worked hard to prepare for Hawaii – I’m afraid I will let everything go downhill when I return. Therefore, I will make sure I continue my 3 runs a week – 2 strength training workouts, 2 spin classes and at least on yoga class. I set goals for myself with these workouts – if I do them, I get my $15 manicure every other week! If not, my nails look crappy!

  2. December 1, 2010 3:31 am

    The heater in our outdoor pool is in, so I’ll be back swimming… Alternating 2/3 swims per week, 2/3 runs per week, a bike and making friends with my foam roller! In my runs, I’m building to a 10K.

  3. December 1, 2010 4:14 am

    My goal is to try and work out (ideally run) three days per week this month. I think this will help me thrive during the holidays.

  4. Catrina permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:23 am

    I hurt my hip 2 weeks ago, doing my first half marathon, so my goal this month is to rest until it feels better, and in the mean time, do some other workouts. I’ve start a Yoga and Pilates DVD, and my goal is to do them either everyday, or every other day,until I can run again. And then started running slowly, but keeping the DVDs in rotation. It was very easy for me not to do anything following the half, but now I know I need to do something while I can’t run, it is driving me crazy!

  5. Ali permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:27 am

    I am in simple maintenance mode – so my goal is 3 workouts a week – a workout in my book is anything over 30 minutes in duration – well at least for December. Come January I will bump it up a bit!

  6. Susan permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:32 am

    My goal for December is to run 5x a week and do a spinning class or other form of cross training at least once a week. I also need to make sure to do my PT exercises 2x/wk so I can leave my IT band issues behind once and for all.

  7. Julia permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:35 am

    Strength training 3x a week. It’s gotten to cold where I am to run with the kids so until I get my Christmas treadmill I know my running will be inconsistent.

  8. Jen permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:36 am

    I want to eat through the holidays so I need to keep running. My goal is 3-4 runs (3-6 miles each), 2 days of yoga and 2 days of lifting per week. I’ll need to be doubling-up on some days so we’ll see if this is a feasible goal!

  9. Carrie permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:52 am

    My goal this December is to run enough to not loose my sanity while the kids are home from school.

  10. December 1, 2010 5:03 am

    My goal is to not get freaked out when bad weather hits. And to hit the pool consistently on Wednesdays and Fridays.

  11. cynthia permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:16 am

    After the first of the year I’m training for my 2nd half, but until then I’ll be running a couple of times per week and then a long run (ten or so) on the weekend! Great giveaway!

  12. Lynn permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:20 am

    My goal is to embrace the treadmill! As much as I detest it, it helps me maintain and often run faster. Something along the lines of ‘What bugs the crap out of me makes me stronger?”

  13. Tricia permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:24 am

    My goal is to maintain my 10 week training schedule for my first half marathon that takes place in February.

  14. December 1, 2010 5:27 am

    I’m so glad you’ve mentioned this-I really found myself thinking about it yesterday when I was home with three kids with strep. The strep trifecta. The strep hat trick. The strep triple threat. At least 2 are feeling better and going back to school today (despite their protests).

    I’ve been in a post-marathon funk that I can’t seem to shake, so I think setting some goals this month is imperative. I’ve signed up for a February half-marathon but can’t seem to commit to the training schedule just yet.

    I’m going to try to run 2-3 days a week, yoga once a week, strength at least once. I’d like to do more but I think it would be unrealistic of me to think so at this point.

    Thanks for keeping us accountable!

    • Kristen Fuller permalink
      December 1, 2010 6:42 am

      If I had the strep trifecta I’d be running …. away.:)

  15. Suzanne S. permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:37 am

    My goals are: 1) to complete my first 15K (I’ve run 5K, 10K, 1/2 & full marathon, but never a 15K); 2) to not gain weight, unless it’s muscle; 3) to not get sick (again); and 4) to actually cross-train instead of just running hills or tempos.

  16. Jill permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:38 am

    Run 18 miles/week, swim 1 mile/week, weights twice/week..

  17. Elana permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:46 am

    I’m five weeks post-partum, and I have two goals for December: to work out at least twice a week, and to have patience as my body gets back in shape, if not nearly as quick as I wish it would. The first goal is the easy one. The second is MUCH harder…

  18. Anne permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:50 am

    I have a whole bunch of tentative goals “running” through my head. Some of these I will probably be able to achieve next year, others will need some more time. I love making lists so I might as well plaster my current dream sheet here:

    Complete the Chuckanut 50K trail run this March.
    Chelan Man Triathlon in the summer
    As well as a half Ironman this summer.

    My future race is to compete in a FULL ironman by the time I’m 40.

    In order to accomplish these I need to run 5 days a week. Swim 3 days a week, yoga 2 days a week and strength train 2 days a week. It is a lot but I have such a supportive husband, I wouldn’t be able to do it without him!

  19. Susan A permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:52 am

    My goal is to run every other day this month to keep my sanity in check!!

  20. Nancy M permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:56 am

    My goal is the gym every morning Monday to Friday – jog or walk on the treadmill, or ride the bike – for 30 minutes.

  21. Carolyn permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:00 am

    I am going to survive the craze of December by turning to my running buddies for motivation and support. We’ve huddled and made a plan that includes getting one night run in each week, a longer weekend run, plus texting each other when we suddenly realize, “OMG, if I leave in the next 5 min I can squeeze in an unplanned run!!” The other thing I am going to do to survive, is tap into some new tunes I downloaded from GirlTalk. Totally fun mashups that are fantastic to run to. They’re a combo of classic songs from the 80s (and some 90s, 00s, and even 60s!) and completely and skockingly (is that a word?)offensive rap.

  22. December 1, 2010 6:02 am

    My goal is to exercise at least 4 times a week during December. Last year I lost weight during this time of the year and after Thanksgiving and other indulgences I need to get in gear to make sure I keep the weight off!

  23. Anne permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:02 am

    My goal is maintain my mileage, approximately 90-100 for the month and getting 2 strength workouts a week (this is where I struggle!)

  24. Gigi permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:06 am

    Dec. goal: run 3 times per week, try Dimity’s core workout at least 5 times
    Cuddle and read with any one of my kids everyday this month.
    So far so good…one day done!

  25. Beverly permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:06 am

    My goals are to run at least 5 days per week – 3 to 6 miles weekdays and at least 10 on Sat/Sun. I also will weight train at least 2 days per week. To help keep me on track, my husband has offered a full works day at my hair salon/day spa – mani/pedi, cut/color, facial, etc. If I don’t keep on track, I only get the scheduled cut/color. He’s especially holding me to the weight training. I hate it. Find any excuse to skip it. I really want that day at the spa!! So, I’ll do it.

  26. Julia permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:08 am

    My goal is to run 5 days a week and a minimum of 25 miles a week… Happy December!

  27. Terri permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:08 am

    Unexpected disappointing news has set me up for what could easily lead to some serious holiday blues this season. My goal is to get out and run as often as I can (at least 4 times a week) because my running time always puts things in perspective and my spirit in a better place.

  28. December 1, 2010 6:16 am

    My goal is to run enough so that I’m not saying “Oh s–t.” on the start line of the New Year’s Day 10K. Ha ha. And to be able to loan my about to give birth friend my “fat pants” right after the birth instead of keeping them for myself.

  29. Alecia permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:22 am

    My goal is to get in one relatively long run every week.

  30. Erica Richards permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:25 am

    My goal is to run 3 days a week with one being a long run and one being a speed workout. I’d like to maintain my fitness through the holidays so I can focus on an under 2 hour half marathon in the spring. No sense in trying to maintain my sanity…that went out the window ages ago!

  31. Martha permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:27 am

    Keep up my 4 days (16-20miles) per wk so I can start my marathon training in January!

  32. Jennifer permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:40 am

    My goal is for our family (my husband and I and our 6 kids, including one in the jog stoller) to run a 5 or 10k each weekend that raises money for charity and benefits folks in need, people who don’t have as much as we do. Started this last weekend with the Turkey Trot and we decided to just keep running!

    • Jessica permalink
      December 1, 2010 8:18 am

      I think this is fabulous! I do have a dream that one day we can become a running family too! At what ages or stages did you start running together as a family? Any advice would be so greatly appreciated! Thanks SO much!

  33. Kelly Connolly permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:41 am

    I’m just starting out… I want to be a runner so bad! So the goal of my goal is to simply create a routine. I want skipping a workout to feel as weird and uncomfortable as skipping coffee in the morning. So, I’m going to get on the treadmill 5 out of 7 days a week. I would love to commit to how long I’ll stay on the treadmill, but I don’t think that is as important as getting on. At least at this point! I’m sure I’ll be ready for Bloomsday at this rate! EEK!

    • Laurie A. permalink
      December 1, 2010 7:33 am

      Kelly- If you run AT ALL then you already are a runner! I used to have people tell me that and I had imposter syndrome. But here’s the thing, you cannot fake running. Tell yourself everyday that you are a runner. And then surround yourself with all things running. This blog and their fb page is a great place to start. And KEEP RUNNING!

    • Jessica permalink
      December 1, 2010 8:35 am

      I am right beside you girl! : ) I just found this site last night and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! Advent & Christmas is such a beautiful time of year to work on preparing our hearts for baby Jesus. Sometimes I am so busy taking care of the needs of our family, that mine for sure get put on the back burner. It’s important to nurture our hearts too, believe in ourselves, and repeat as Laurie says, “We are runners!” This is an amazingly AWESOME site! Gotta run… Maci just coated Mary Kate in makeup while she was trying to sleep in her swing.

  34. December 1, 2010 6:42 am

    My goal is to not put on the 5 pounds from Christmas baking. I love to bake and I love wine at the holidays. My other goal is to decide whether or not I’m going to do a 70.3 in the summer. I need to decide by Dec. 15th. Working out is not a problem for me, but beating myself up over not being a certain number on the scale is the issue. I’m hoping to chill out a bit over that.

  35. Kristen Fuller permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:43 am

    Egad. I’m running the disney marathon January 9. I am in the monster month. At least I can eat during the holidays mostly guilt free.

    • December 1, 2010 11:25 am

      Egad, indeed, but also: Awesome! Good luck!

    • Jessica permalink
      December 1, 2010 1:34 pm

      I’ll be there for the half on the 8th, my first! Good Luck!!!

  36. Deborah permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:45 am

    I have definitely lowered my mileage a lot since my half in October. But with the craziness of the holidays and year end plus the freezing temps and darkness in the morning I will be happy with about 3 3-4 mile runs per week, probably largely on the dread mill except on the weekends. If I can throw in a few strength classes here and there, so much the better! Spring training starts in February, so I would like to maintain until then.

  37. Megan permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:47 am

    I want to make it to my new boxing class every Tuesday. It’s good cardio, good cross training and makes me feel like a badass, but it also is a class and I despise working out in classes.

  38. Atha permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:55 am

    I am in full marathon training mode so my goal is to log 100+ miles this month.

  39. Erin permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:59 am

    My goal is to run 3-4 days per week, with 1-2 of those runs outside, if at all possible. After this weekend, I have no races scheduled until at least next month, so the goal on each run is to clear my mind, lower the stress levels, and enjoy the great outdoors. And if it snows, another goal is to get moving on the snowshoes!

  40. Andrea Lehman permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:00 am

    My goal is to workout at least 6 times a week. Run between 20-25 miles a week, strength train at least twice a week, cross train at least 2 times a week. I am trying to lose a little weight (5lbs) before Christmas day, so that is helping me stay focused on not overeating. Also trying not to have any wine except on the weekends. Those drinks will sneek up on you and tip the scale in the wrong direction:)

  41. Callie permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:10 am

    Well, I ran my first half in November, so I took a week off, that led to two weeks, and maybe 2.5 weeks, so I’m just trying to get moving again! Weight workouts don’t seem to be a problem, but it’s cold and I don’t wanna go outside! So, my December goal is going to be to get my buns out at least twice for a run–one day for some speed work to improve my 5K time and one day for a longer run–each week. Now, off to find where my gloves have lost themselves because since I put it out there, I have to stick to it!!

  42. Sarah Meltzer permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:11 am

    This was a great post to read this Hump Day. I’ve been up since 5:20am, got my husband off on a business trip, not without a last minute “Where is my wallet?” race around the house. Kids have been up since 6:05, probably woke up during the wallet search. I am soooo ready for my run today!

    My December goal is to run 5 days/week with strength training at least one of those days. Also, to not eat every sugar cookie in sight.

  43. Holly S. permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:19 am

    My goal is to make strength training 2x a week a habit. I have been wildly inconsistent in this when I’ve done any at all, and I know it will help me in many ways–I just need to make the time and get it done. I will continue to run 3x a week.

  44. December 1, 2010 7:19 am

    My goal is to feel strong come January, when my marathon training officially will begin. So this means I’m going to keep my momentum going throughout December given I feel I’m in the best shape of my life (well, since having three kids!). My plan: 4-5 runs weekly (3-5 milers during week, 6-8 milers on weekends) plus twice weekly pilates.

  45. Aimee K. permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:22 am

    My December goal is to make it thru my half marathon on Dec. 4th!

  46. December 1, 2010 7:25 am

    My next race isn’t until the end of February – so my goals for December are to run 3x’s/wk, pilates 2x’s/wk and get at least one weights session in per week. I’ve got to strengthen my glutes and hamstrings or this IT band is never gonna get better! If I can stick to these goals and not overindulge on goodies (read no weight gain!) I’ll be very happy come Jan. 1!

  47. December 1, 2010 7:29 am

    My December goal is to run at least 3 times a week – long or short, just get to the gym and run for at a bare minimum of 30 minutes. Weight train at least two times a week. No weight gain during the holiday season (aka lose the two pounds I think I gained at Thanksgiving). Get back on track with tracking my calories.

  48. kim permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:30 am

    my goal is to figure out a schedule to include yoga + running + ?. what is my schedule and what else do i want to add in?

  49. Kelly permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:31 am

    My goal is stay not a catch anything from kids and to not injure any body parts.
    Marathon on December 19th!

  50. Laurie A. permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:35 am

    I am following a newbie training plan for my first half in February so I am too afraid to skip a work out! I told a friend yesterday that my goal was to keep the pace for each run under 16 minutes so that Mickey Mouse won’t come pick me up in the sad stragglers wagon.

  51. December 1, 2010 7:38 am

    My goal is to get two runs a week in in addition to my regular gym workouts (which are easier to get since I do them at work on lunch break). I prefer to run at home and on weekends but I might squeeze one of my 2 into a lunch work time to meet my goal. I signed up for a 5 mile race the day after Christmas so I can’t slack off. otherwise I will repeat my lack of performance seen in years past.

  52. Sarah permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:42 am

    On a perfect week this month I will strength train Mon, Wed, Fri and run Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sun and do yoga twice a week. Since there are no perfect weeks in December, my goal is to hit all but 3 workouts every week. Not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.

  53. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:45 am

    My goal is 2 4-mile runs, one long run and at least one strength training session per week. With the cooler temps I am not very motivated to get out of bed, but I am hoping to push through that… afterall, I prayed for cooler temps all summer, right? Yep, that’s what I keep telling myself…

  54. Cathy permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:47 am

    My goal, or challenge really, is to exercise (a minimum of) 30 mins. a day for 30 days. I regularly do 3-4x/week but even that has slipped to a big zero in the past couple weeks. This post was exactly what I needed to push me. I rationalize that if I can’t give myself 30mins a day to take care of me, then I’m really going to fall apart come January 1st. Then the goal is going to be reversing all the holiday ‘damage’ on my body.

  55. Tracy permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:47 am

    My goal is to continue to get 3 good cardio workouts in (whether it be a run, treadmill, elliptical, bike) and then 2-3 days of toning/strength training. I’m feeling to good about myself these days to let up!

  56. Jalayne B permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:48 am

    My first goal is to place in the top three in the 4mile jingle bell run this saturday. Once this race is over, my goal will be to strength train twice a week, run 3 days a week, cross train 3 days a week, and spend an extra 10 minutes a day stretching.

  57. Dee Dee Brabec permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:49 am

    To stick with my half marathon plan, and add either yoga or Dimity’s strength training once a week. As a teacher, Christmas break is a great time for me to ramp it up a little, since it’s two weeks off of work for me!

  58. katie permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:50 am

    Over the last two months, in addition to working through a long standing IT band issue, I some how tore my posterior meniscus in my knee. I got that calmed down enough to resume running, and was slowly building back up–then my first 5 miler back, I was WALKING up a hill and managed to sprain my big toe. That forced be out again for a while, and that, combined with a case of strep throat and another bout of the common cold have kept me off the streets. So, my goal for Dec is to regain my endurance and return to being able to run 5-6 miles 3-4 x a week with my running partners, rather then hobble through a 1/2-1 mile run/walk on my own. I actually ran 2.5 miles this morning, and other then my hamstrings feeling a bit tight, I am feeling pretty good!

  59. December 1, 2010 7:50 am

    my goal is not to gain weight this holiday and maintain at least 5 workouts a week. I’d love to have a running goal this month but i have to wait until my ortho appt. on thursday!

  60. Kati permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:51 am

    My goal is also maintenance. The holidays are so crazy that simply keeping up with regular fitness is an accomplishment. I plan to work out, at the very least, three times per week, and to take it easy around the holiday desserts!

  61. Robin permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:53 am

    For running, I have been doing pretty well, but with deadlines, deadlines (do I really want to give that talk to the entire department on Exercise & Mood next week?) I may have to temporarily scale back. I hope to maintain 4 runs per week, one 6 miles or longer (preferably 8-10)on the weekend. The long runs are so good for me! (Although, if we get some real snow I think cross-country skiing can substitute — it is one of the few things that can get me out on a dark December morning!)
    I have actually (sort of) started to cross train — I will be so stoked if I can swim 3 times in December (I get a new swimsuit when I finish my punchcard!) I want to do a sprint triathlon next June, so I want to create a new habit with the swimming now…then the biking. Whew!

  62. December 1, 2010 7:57 am

    My goal is to run a half marathon on my treadmill on New Year’s Eve. I hate my treadmill (like many of you do too) but it’s cold here in Nebraska so I also don’t like the cold and running in cold makes me …cold LOL So I opt for the treadmill and I needed a goal to keep myself going.

  63. December 1, 2010 7:59 am

    I have a marathon relay this weekend, and then I start training for my first half marathon Dec. 27.

    After the relay, my goal is to take care of myself by stretching and icing as needed. And then I plan on making stretching a daily goal.

    My running goals are to run at least 2 runs a week until training starts and then stick with my training plan.

    I am also making a goal of doing my strength training 2x a week starting right after the relay and continuing throughout half training and beyond.

    So, in a nutshell, daily stretching, strength training 2x a week, running 2x a week.

  64. lauren permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:59 am

    swim 2 miles/week & get in 3 three mile treadmill runs/week & 1 outdoor five mile run/week = bare minimum to keep my sweet cheeks in check thru the holiday feasting even though i’m not training for anything at present πŸ™‚

  65. Katie Pace permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:03 am

    My first goal is to do well in my first half on the 12th in Tucson. Then, since I’m having surgery four days later, my goal is to not fret/stew/go mad with the “no exercise or lifting for 4 weeks” orders that my doctor has put into place. ((Open to suggestions for how to accomplish my second goal which seems harder than the first one at this point!))

  66. Jenny C. permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:04 am

    My main goal of December is to complete my 4th half marathont this year at the RnR Las Vegas – this Sunday!! After that, to run at least 3 times a week and try not to overeat!

  67. Rho permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:05 am

    My goal is a 1,000 mile year. I need to run 87.34 miles in the month of December to get it. I already have a plan to run my 1,000th mile with my daughter and then relax together at the coffee shop. I just hope that last mile isn’t on New Year’s Eve! πŸ™‚

  68. Cindy permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:06 am

    I don’t have any upcoming races so my goal is to simply run every other day. I’m getting over a cold that has totally derailed my plans of running the Phoenix Rock & Roll 1/2 in January. So I am setting my sites on the Whiskey Row 1/2 in my hometown in May. It is a much more difficult race because of all the dadgum hills and the mile high elevation, even so I am excited to do it.

  69. Paigie permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:08 am

    I’m going to sign up for the PF Chang’s Rock’nRoll half marathon… 7 weeks away! I have my training plan that started yesterday. This month will be unusually harder as I lost my Mom to cancer a few weeks ago and have not been able to exercise (or breathe!) very much since. I need this half marathon to motivate me to get out there every day and on track for healing.

  70. Mary McDonald permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:13 am

    I am writing down on the calendar what my mileage will be and I will continue to use my log to keep track of it. It keeps me honest! And on track.

  71. jessica permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:15 am

    I am continuing with my marathon training, and trying to get my workout first thing in the morning..and my in laws bought a treadmill, which will make visiting and working out even easier!

  72. Rebecca permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:22 am

    My goal is to try to run outside 2 -3 days/week and not be afraid of the chicago cold (!) pilates once a week, xt once a week, intervals on treadmill once a week, PT exercises 4x/week.

  73. Stephanie permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:23 am

    My goal is to run a minimum of 3 days a week, at least 3 miles each time. That goal is definitely doable and i hope to do more but I know by setting a very reachable goal I’ll do it.

  74. Jennifer H. permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:26 am

    My running partner had surgery 7 weeks ago and I used the excuse to slack off a little myself. My goal for December will be to get back to our “long runs” on the weekends and short runs at least 2 other times in the week, in addition to strength training at least twice a week. Hopefully that will help my other goal of staying at the same weight through the holiday. No big plans for weight loss this month, but maintaining through the Christmas season is always a huge accomplishment!

  75. Kristen permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:27 am

    Trying to survive the Thanksgiving Holiday with a week at my mother’s house already had me surpassing my goal, to lose 100 lbs this year. So, this December, I’m STAYING in the triple digits. I want to run 5x a week and one long 10-12 miler. And I want to earn the Garmin 405 my husband bought on Amazon, thanks for the price tips RLAM’s, for my Christmas present!!!

  76. December 1, 2010 8:28 am

    My sister-in-law and I decided to hold one another accountable. We are going to check in every Saturday… With motivating “put that cookie down” text messages throughout the week. Our check-ins are going to consist of making sure that we work out at least 30 minutes, three times a week. I know that this isn’t inspiring to most RLAM’ers, but I just received clearance from my doctor for light exercise after my surgery and my sis is not an active person – besides running around chasing two kids. πŸ™‚ We are also aiming to drink our 8 glasses of water.

    I am scheduling my workouts the week before and making it an no-miss-appointment.

  77. Sarah permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:30 am

    While I have been traveling like crazy (flew into the states from Japan – we’re stationed there w/ the Marine Corps) have been visiting family in Hawaii (4days), Virginia (2days), West Virginia(5days), Florida (4weeks) and Texas (3weeks) – next stop will be Louisiana (4days) then on to Seattle (undecided) and then back to Japan – WHEW! I have been maintaing 3 runs per week until last week – since I have been trying to catch up on sleep and chase after my almost walking 12 month old. (yikes)

    For December I plan to get back to my 3 runs per week, and Yoga 2x week (this doubles for my strength training for the time being) and some biking 3x week.

    Wish me luck! I find that looking at road races in Japan keeps me focused, I want to be in shape enough to hit the ground running (no punn intended!) when I return home.

  78. LaurenM permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:31 am

    My goal is to start back running 3-5 times a week. My husband and I both got injured at the same time so we have been out for almost a month.

  79. otherjulie permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:32 am

    I am trying to progress to next level on my Nikeplus. I need to do 89 miles by the end of the month. So…it will keep me moving!

  80. sarah permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:36 am

    Marathon training starts December 13th so training is a must… until then i am enjoying every run withOUT a watch or a purpose (except to stay fit.

  81. Carri Schmidt permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:37 am

    I decided last night that I’d run the Y210K 2011 with my friend from Hood to Coast. That’s on Jan 2 – so there’s my reason to keep the legs moving! My goal for this month is to continue running 3-4 days a week, going to Group Kick twice and week and finding the time to incorporate pilates or yoga in to the week! Whew….makes me tired! I’ve decided that part of my New Year’s resolution this year – which I know you didn’t ask about…but I’m trying to get it out in to the universe early, is to become much better friends with my foam roller! This is a must with the yoga, my hips are killing me!

  82. Steff permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:44 am

    I just finished the Philly marathon, so my goal is to help my legs recover by doing workouts I normally avoid–yoga and strength training! With a hefty dose of foam rolling. In January I’ll start training again for real, but for now, I’m enjoying a change of routine.

    • December 2, 2010 3:58 am

      This caught my eye! I just finished Philly too and my name is Stef! Great job! My goal is to run 125 miles this month and get back on my bicycle trainer!!

  83. December 1, 2010 8:46 am

    Winter is racing season here in Texas….so December is never a rest month for me. I’ve got a half in January and a full in Feb. But that is a good thing….I LOVE Christmas cookies, and this way I get to enjoy a few guilt free.

  84. Sarah permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:46 am

    My goal is to not freak out if I miss a run during this busy month! ha, but really I just want to be consistent and workout 6 days/wk with at least 5 days of running.

  85. Jaclyn permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:52 am

    My b-day is right before Christmas so I am asking (read: begging) for lots of cold weather running gear – that way I’ll have no excuse NOT to keep training for the local Icicle Run 10-miler January 16th!

  86. Stephanie permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:55 am

    My goal is to strength train 2Xs/week. (And to have everyone in my family be healthy at the same time for a whole week!)

  87. Lisa permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:55 am

    I will be running 4-5 days a week mostly on the dreadmill as it is winter in Nebraska which means very cold and windy. Any day with less wind and a little sun I will be outside running.
    I am going to try to do a yoga class 1-2 week also and some strength training.


  88. Sam Rhoades permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:56 am

    my goal for december is consistency–both in working out and in rest and recovery. I’ve got days where I work out twice then stay up to 2am. other days where I eat m&ms for meals and cannot even make a two-miler! stop the insanity!! the roller coaster is exhausting. so, starting today, consistency.

  89. Celeste permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:56 am

    Well, my primary goal is to stay healthy–I have a nasty cold right now that is messing up my workout schedule big-time. But since I don’t have much control over illness, my goal is to get at least one long run (10+ miles) in each week. I’ve been faithful to that since the marathon I ran in November, and I want to continue that.

  90. December 1, 2010 8:56 am

    My goals for December are to have my highest mileage month of 2010 — fortunately I really enjoy running in the snow — and to restart the 100 Push-up Challenge and do pilates 2x/week. Actually, I’m going to do the latter two right now while my girly’s napping!

  91. Kristyn G permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:00 am

    My goal is to hit the pavement three times and complete 2 P90X workouts each week! Totally needing to kick it into high gear to get rid of this 30 lbs of “me weight” that is hanging around after I lost all of the “baby weight” πŸ™‚

  92. Nicole permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:02 am

    1/2 marathon the middle of December. I’ve wanted to fit one in for the entire year and now time is running out…

  93. girlsworld permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:03 am

    My December goals are to stay on top of my stretching as I’m in the heart of marathon training. If I’m not stretching I hurt.

  94. Shirley permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:04 am

    Running with a hip injury for a year finally got to me. PT is over and I’m having a hard time getting back on the road. I want to incorporate running into my now almost nonrunning existence. I’m committing to 3 yoga classes, 2 strenth training, 2 spin classes and getting my running back to 15 miles a week. Running was the bomb for me, so it’s frustrating to start over.

    Oh yeah, and I should be swimming at least 2 days per week. Married with children–this is always a challenge as you know!

  95. Gretchen Stout permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:05 am

    I am back to training for a half marathon and strenth building. Spring comes early!!

  96. December 1, 2010 9:06 am

    My goal for december is to run 101 miles so that I can hit 1000 miles ran for 2010.

  97. Majda permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:06 am

    My goal is 3 cardio workouts a week (I’m doing dance DVDs this winter), at least 2 yoga workouts a week and some strength/pilates workouts (I’m alternating 3 various 10-Minutes-Solutions DVDs and doing pushups).
    Love what everyone else writes. And thank you for the giveaway.

  98. eep permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:09 am

    I have a half marathon on Dec. 12, so my goal is to continue tapering (responsibly) for that race. After the 12th, my goal is to take it easy for a week, and then run at least 3 times per week, with one long run, through the holidays. I will spend my easy week after the race figuring out how I can happily maintain my fitness level through late winter and early spring.

    • Katie Pace permalink
      December 1, 2010 9:12 am

      Are you running in Tucson on the 12th?

  99. December 1, 2010 9:10 am

    That jacket is awesome!
    My goal for December is to keep up with my marathon training. I’ve been feeling a little sluggish lately and I need to get my running mojo back!!
    I also want to start a tri training winter maintenance plan to get my swimming and bike fitness back up before I start my actual tri training the spring.

  100. Michaela permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:11 am

    My goal: Be realistic. I want to work out every day, but with 3 kids (one is still brand new!) and a husband who travels and works long hours, I’d be setting myself up to fail if I make the goals too big. I’ll be scheduling my workouts on the calendar and taking them seriously, even if they are only 2 or 3 times a week. Something is always better than nothing!

  101. December 1, 2010 9:17 am

    December goals:
    Maintenance run 2x per week of 3-4 miles plus 1 speed workout
    Strength training 1x per week
    Pilates or Yoga 1x per week
    Lose at least 4 pounds this month

  102. Allison M permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:22 am

    Love that jacket!! *crossing fingers*
    My goal for Dec is to stick to my runs 3-4 days a week, loosely following Hal Higdons’ half marathon novice training. Do weights once a week and yoga once a week. I am doing my first half in New Orleans on Feb 13th, so I am in training too. πŸ™‚

    • Kathleen permalink
      December 1, 2010 6:46 pm

      I’m doing the R&R 1/2 in New Orleans too !

  103. December 1, 2010 9:24 am

    My goals for December are
    – run my first marathon on December 5!
    then from Dec. 6-12, take a few days off, then a few light, easy days (I always feel better and looser after a short run)
    From Dec. 13-19 – ease back into running six days a week, but no speedwork and just easy 3-5 mile runs
    Dec. 20-31 – continue with running six days a week, 3-5 mile runs
    On top of that I want to continue to be good about making time to warm up before runs and then stretch well after, and to keep “rolling” with the foam roller twice a day since it has made such an awesome difference.
    And finally, my goal is not to overeat or gain any weight. I did really well over Thanksgiving so am feeling more confident about Christmas. πŸ™‚

  104. Elizabeth permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:27 am

    My goal is to get some kind of exercise every day. I hike, run or skate ski when I don’t have kids and when I’ve got the kids I ride my road bike on a trainer in my basement. I try to fit in pilates/strength training 3 times a week. My sanity really depends on being able to get some kind of exercise…even a brisk walk helps!

  105. December 1, 2010 9:32 am

    My goal for the month is sort of in parts. I have a 5K with a couple of bets on the line (for bragging rights and humiliating FaceBook posts only) on the 18th, so from now until then I want to get a speed work and/or hill session in at least once a week. Long term, I’m training for a half in February (RNR NOLA), a 25K (tough) trail race in March and an Iron Girl (ATL) in May so I’m going to make sure my miles are staying up, no slacking off, during this busy season. πŸ˜€

  106. Charity Manwaring permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:34 am

    HA! I do live in Alaska, but I’d probably just wear it to the gym….not for my workout ! I’m hoping for 3 days a week, I’ve been injured and need to work into things….

  107. Elizabeth permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:35 am

    My goal is to get out more and to get a better routine going. After having two kids and a very hectic work schedule, runs and races have gotten away from me. I’ve just started doing yoga again to clear my mind and to limber up again. I’ve just purchased some new running shoes as added motivation. Hopefully once I get back on a routine I can start doing charity 5Ks this spring. That’s my goal so far.

  108. December 1, 2010 9:37 am

    I have two goals for December. First, to do something physical every day, even if it’s just 20 minutes of core work and stretching. Second, to get in at least four cardio sessions a week, with one of them being longer than an hour.

  109. December 1, 2010 9:37 am

    December was my downfall last year. I neglected the gym and hadn’t figured out how to attempt my goal of becoming a runner. One year later I have several races, a bonafied injury and lots of experiences under my belt. For Dec 2010 my goal is to start my training for my first Half in March with 5-6 workout days a week. 3 run/2 cross training/2 strength workouts. I’m starting it off right with my favorite booty kicking spin instructor this morning. Bring it on December!!!

  110. Jackie R. permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:37 am

    My goal is to work out 3 times per week. That was my goal in November and I missed it 2 of the weeks! So I need to maintain this month, and keep my sanity, with 3 workouts/week.

  111. Suzanne permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:44 am

    There is a 7.2 trail run in January that I am being chicken about entering. Mostly because of the weather, and the race’s name–Chilly Cheeks–isn’t helping! So my goal for December is to enter and train for it.

  112. December 1, 2010 9:47 am

    A few months ago I signed up for my first half marathon for January 16th. My goal is to stick with my training (running only 4 days a week is the plan–which seems do-able) and to not do too much of the training on the treadmill. Since I live in Oregon, it will likely rain during the half, and I need to get sued to running in the drizzle! 13.1 here I come!

  113. Patty T permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:52 am

    My goal for December is to run 3x per week and try to get some weight training in. After finals in mid December I will get the weight training in.

  114. Donna permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:52 am

    I’m registered for the Napa Valley Marathon in March so my goal is to stick to the schedule. Although midweek runs will be 3 milers that I can knock out during my lunch hour (I’m also trying to pace up to a 12 minute mile) I’m going to focus on carving out the Saturday mornings for the long runs … this may include multiple sleepovers @ my BiL’s house so I can sneak out in the freezing cold morning – I’m a single mom so there is no one around to watch the kiddo at my own house.

  115. December 1, 2010 9:54 am

    My goal for December is to continue my strength training and not be a wimp about weather. I will not let weather be my workout excuse!

  116. Nan permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:55 am

    My goal is to do speed work once a week, and try to run at least three times a week. Throw in four boys, two birthdays and Christmas, and it feels a bit unattainable. But you gotta start somewhere!

  117. Shaygram permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:56 am

    My main goal is to continue my training for a half marathon in May. I have planned on adding 2 miles every month – not a lot, but enough to get the job done. My secondary goal is to NOT have my eye on the first of the year to stop my bad habits, but to focus daily on making decisions that will help me on my half marathon journey.

  118. Chris permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:58 am

    Plan for December is to walk back into running after being off since my September half which I ran with a barely-able-to-walk sore foot. Have been cycling so am not a total slug but think alternating walk/run w cycling to achieve fitness goals. Swam at the gym pool after Dimitys post abt feeling funny/insecure abt it. I thought if she feels that way and swam, I can too. But it’s HARD! Anyway, goal for dec is to walk run3-4x/week and cycle 3-4x/week….

  119. December 1, 2010 10:02 am

    My goal is to follow a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Boston Marathon training guide. It doesn’t officially start until mid-January (when I’ll be doing a 16 mile race) so I’m making up the workouts based on the schedule I’ll be married to come January. This means WAY more running than I did last December but…. I didn’t have Boston looming last January!

    Good luck to ALL of us!!

  120. December 1, 2010 10:07 am

    I’m just coming off a hip and foot injury, so I’m using the new month to ease back into things. My goal is to walk or run twice a week for the month and to do exercises/stretches for my injuries every day.

  121. Melanie permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:09 am

    with less daylight, more hours at work, holiday gatherings, and a six month old, my goal is to get at least one midweek workout in (yoga or running or walking) and run both weekend days when hubby is available to watch the babe.

  122. Lyndsay S. permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:12 am

    In order to keep ourselves active during this busy and cold month, my husband and I have signed up for 5 races in December! Two are even on the same weekend, but all are for some good causes and a good excuse to make sure we keep training.

  123. Kate permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:14 am

    My goal is to continue to run outside as much as possible. I did my first treadmill run in my yucky unfinished basement and was not exactly inspired. It will be cold here in Michigan for the duration, so I’m hoping to suck it up and make it out at least a couple of times a week.

  124. Julie permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:17 am

    My goal is to follow the Hal Higdon 10K novice program. It actually has me running a little bit less, but strength training a lot more.

  125. Julie B permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:19 am

    My goal for December is to continue strength training 1 x per week and to run at least 3 x per week. I don’t mind getting outside in the cold or snow at all, I just get lazy after I start eating cookies…

  126. Kate (Toronto) permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:20 am

    My december goal is to FINISH my 2010 running goal EARLY. I set a full year goal to run 1000km by December 31. As of today (today’s Dec 1 run being 10.5km), I have 60km left and hope to finish that by Dec. 15th or earlier! I love to run!

  127. December 1, 2010 10:25 am

    My first half-marathon is at the end of February so I need to make sure I get in all my training runs. Right now I have a bad cough so I missed this morning’s short run but I’m hoping to be back in the pink by later this week.

    Goal: to not miss my training runs each week.

  128. Jessica permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:26 am

    I am in the last 6 weeks of training for my very first half-marathon. So my goal is to get in 5 of the 6 outlined weekly workouts. It should be doable, since I have a super husband that gets the kids ready in the morning during the week so I can head to the gym! Saturday is my long run day and so far (knock on wood!), the weather has been cooperating, cold but no sleet or rain. I think I could handle snow, as long as it’s not a blizzard:) The race is January 8th at Walt Disney World and I’m raising $$ for Team Hole in the Wall as a memorial to my dad who passed away on January 7th of this year. So, I feel like I have to be a good girl with the training, since so many wonderful people have donated to the cause. No pressure there, none at all… πŸ˜‰

    • Elizabeth Rehmer permalink
      December 1, 2010 11:00 am

      my stepmother’s brother was VERY active and had an aneuryism and now lives in a rehab facility where basic movements have become his pt. Whenever I do not “feel like it” I think what he would give to have the ability we often take for granted to simply run; and that motivates me to not only get going–but kick it up a notch!! when you are finding lame excuses to get out of your workout–think of the people that would do anything to be able to do what you do…
      Another motivator is to sign up to run for a charity. i ran the boston for team hole in the wall and several folks from the crowds ran up to thank me for doing what I was doing–that inspired me so much!!

      • Jessica permalink
        December 1, 2010 1:43 pm

        I agree with thinking about those that don”t have the ability to do things anymore. It was horrible to watch my, strong as an ox, dad wither to nothing in the 7 months from his cancer diagnosis to his death this past January. His strength during 6 months of weekly chemo (that was nasty strong) is what inspired me to start running after he died. So my run for Team Hole in the Wall on January 8th has me coming full circle. He LOVED kids and he’s the reason I run (it continues to be my therapy), so it was a no brainer. I just had to get past the number of miles I have to run. That makes me so happy to hear from someone else that has run for Team Hole in the Wall!

  129. Melanie M. permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:33 am

    My goal is to continue to run 3x per week, and to incorporate 2 sessions of strength training to my schedule. I have not been doing very well with my strength training; it is usually the first thing that gets cut out of my weekly routine when I lack time. Having a goal to do 2 strength sessions a week (as well as having fellow RLAM’rs to keep me honest) will keep me on task, and prepare my body for harder training in the end of January/early February when I begin training for my half marathon.

  130. Sue permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:38 am

    Cookies, parties, too much to eat and drink… I’m getting through December without turning into a lump of cookie dough by joining my gym’s Holiday Fitness Challenge. 28 workouts between Thanksgiving and January 15 and I get a… t-shirt!! (Because I don’t have enough…) My goal is to just get my butt moving, no matter what. Since my only running option at the gym is the dreadmill, I’m going to try some new things…zumba, spinning, step… even if I don’t earn the sacred shirt, at least I’ll have fended off the holiday bloat!

  131. WendyLD permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:39 am

    I’m hoping to run the Race Into New Years in Tulsa! I won’t be an old lady going to bed at 9:00 and I also won’t have do deal with hordes of drunk people.

  132. December 1, 2010 10:41 am

    My goal is to be done with PT and back to running full time and not in my dreams!

  133. December 1, 2010 10:46 am

    My goasl for the month of December are to 1. work out at least 5 days a week-at least three of those running, 2. walk home at lunch as much as possible for fresh air and sunlight and, 3. breathe deeply, pay attention to my stress levels and enjoy myself. πŸ™‚

  134. Bretta Hayes permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:47 am

    I signed up for my FIRST marathon in March … totally excited …. totally freaked out …. so the schedule will keep me going through December …. I’m too nervous to miss even one training run in fear that I won’t be able to finish the marathon without it! Thanks!

  135. December 1, 2010 10:49 am

    My goal this month is 3 cardio workouts and 2 strength training sessions. I ran a half marathon last month and haven’t been too disciplined once that training schedule ended. I’ve been letting other stuff get in the way. This is good challenge for me!

  136. Elizabeth Rehmer permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:49 am

    I am trying to log at least 30 miles/week and after the first of the year begin my marathon training. Do to our crazy weather a lot of my runs are on the treadmill and I need a LOT of motivation to continue…

  137. Lelia permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:51 am

    Goal is to do the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. This will take me to the new year.

  138. jord permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:52 am

    Running- a minimum of 1 mile each day
    Strengthening exercises- 3x a week minimum (glute/hip/knee issues)

    In the last two weeks I’ve gotten this bizarre urge to do some real strength training, so I think I’ll incorporate some as long as I still have the desire.

  139. December 1, 2010 10:54 am

    Keep my base miles up for Boston Marathon Training, which starts in January. Can’t afford to sit back now!!!

  140. December 1, 2010 10:55 am

    Goals: maintain weight and log at least 20 miles each week.

  141. Sarah Bow permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:02 am

    My December goal is two fold: (1) commit to run with a friend at least one time per week and (2) tell that friend how lucky I am to have her/him in my life!

  142. Mel permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:03 am

    A friend of mine started doing a “Running Advent” every Dec. to help get out of the rut that comes with cold weather. We run everyday from Dec 1 – Dec 25th, starting with .5 mile on Dec first, and adding a .5 mile every day until the midway point, then subtracting .5 mile until Dec 25th! So the longest run is 6.5 miles on Dec 13th. It is fun finding new routes to run the random distances, and it’s a great motivation because you don’t want to miss a day! My goal is to complete every day’s distance… but if not, at least I’ll be running nearly every day this month!

    • Dee Dee Brabec permalink
      December 1, 2010 6:04 pm

      I love that idea! How fun!

  143. Stephanie permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:12 am

    My goal is to get 5 workouts in each week this month. Oh and not over do it on the sweets!

  144. Jackie permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:20 am

    My goal (in addition to running and yoga) is to do the runnerdude’s core workout each day for a month. I need to blast my belly!! Can’t wait to see the results.

  145. Kristy permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:24 am

    My goal is to get at least 2 cardio, 2 strength and a yoga class in per week.

  146. rushartist permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:25 am

    My Dec. fitness goals are:
    1. Run 4 times a week
    2. Get my hiney in to the orthopedic surgeon so he can work on my knees and get me back out for more (and longer) runs. Winter break would be the perfect time for surgery since my hubby works in education.
    3. Strength training 2x per week so I’m ready to get back out there after surgery.

  147. December 1, 2010 11:27 am

    I have two goals–one is to not take it so easy post-marathon that I can’t run a solid 5-miler at my favorite local race Dec. 18. This is a tightrope to walk, however, because I don’t really think I should do any speedwork in this month after a marathon. At the same time, I’d love to break 35 at the race, as I’ve come within 10 seconds of doing so.

    The second goal is to actually begin marathon base-building again b/c I have a spring marathon. Not so keen to start ramping up the miles, I must admit, but beginning next week, it’s time!

  148. Jessica Whittaker permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:31 am

    Oh how I wish I had a goal! I finished a half in October and have been in a funk ever since! My husband has been traveling for most of November and then returned to have shoulder surgery (tough to have him watch the baby when he cannot pick him up). I too must learn to embrace the dreadmill. The goal I keep trying to commit to is 2-3 on dreadmill and one weekend run on the road. 2 days of strength and 2 days of yoga (at least one). Then I would love to swim, but not sure where I can fit that in! Hopefully the inspiration I get from reading all the goals above will kick me into gear! I think I need another race πŸ™‚

  149. Sarah Meltzer permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:31 am

    Goal: get ready for half marathon in march.

  150. canuck_grad permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:32 am

    Back in October I woke up one morning and my knee was hugely swollen. Lots of doctor’s appointments and tests later I’m told it’s likely a virus (a flu virus at that!). Apparently they can settle in your knee. Lots of jokes about my knee needing a kleenex, etc. ensued. Joking aside, though, it’s been pretty crappy. Luckily it hasn’t been that painful – and painkillers mostly took care of what pain there way. But my knee was so swollen for weeks that I could barely walk – some days I was bordering on needing crutches. My knee was just so stiff that I literally could barely move it – so even non-weight bearing things like a bike or swimming were out. I finally got put on Celebrex (arthritis drug) which helped with the inflammation. It is (mostly) OK now, but I can still feel a twinge there… and every few days it stiffens up just a tiny bit. Long story short – I haven’t done anything in a long time and am afraid to overdue it and aggravate whatever is going on in there – but I have to start doing something. So my goal for December is 20 minutes a day – either walking outside, walking on the treadmill, pilates, dumbell workout, etc. No running or aerobics videos yet to be safe. Just something to ease me back into things. Surely I can squeeze in 20 min somewhere each day – and with the treadmill and pilates videos, there’s no excuses around weather and time. (Maybe I can win a special prize for the least strenuous goal?? lol).

  151. Anne permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:43 am

    Thanks for the strength training workout – it’s been “fun” – always nice to have something new. The cold weather here has put a damper on my running. Not complaining because at least we get sun!
    My December goal: 3 cardios/wk – running/Zumba; 2 strength/wk and at least 2 yoga classes for the month. I’m really hoping that the running can be skate skiing soon!

  152. Jesscia permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:51 am

    My December goal it to run (at least) 3 days per weeks- 4 miles each run. Just enough to keep me in shape until January 1 when training for my 2nd half marathon will begin.

  153. Mary permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:02 pm

    Well, my December goal is to finish a marathon this weekend, my first, and after that take it easy the rest of the month. Since I’ve never run this distance before I have no idea what toll it will take on me, but I hope to be running (or at least a near cousin of running) at least a few times a week before the month is out.

  154. December 1, 2010 12:02 pm

    My goal is to run my first race in December — a whopping 2.5 miles πŸ™‚ — and to run 3-4 days a week this month. I am also going to be vigilant about calories to avoid gaining back the 6 pounds I lost in November!
    Mary, mom to 10, runner since August

    • Jessica permalink
      December 1, 2010 1:46 pm

      You go Mary!! We all have to start somewhere and kudos that you signed up:) Good Luck!

  155. Dorothy permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:06 pm

    My goal is to keep up my base miles for December so that I’m ready for half-marathon training starting in January and to finally conquer my forward rolls in Aikido.

  156. Sandi permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:16 pm

    My goal to eat less and eat healthier. I will continue to run, strength train and cycle as usual but I must eat less. I will never reach my weight goal until I make changes in my eating habits.

  157. Karen permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:19 pm

    My mom lost her nearly 2-year battle with brain cancer five weeks ago (just 2 weeks after I ran my first half-marathon) and every semblance of routine, structure and discipline in my life came crashing down. I have run exactly 3 times in that 5 weeks. My last run was Thanksgiving Day, and it was a dreadfully difficult 5 miles. It’s hard for me to believe how quickly I’ve lost the fitness level I worked so hard to build while training for my half. So my goals for December are two-fold: first, get back into it, at least 2 runs per week and hopefully 3. Second, be kind to myself, and forgiving.

    • Jessica permalink
      December 1, 2010 1:50 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss:( I lost my dad after a 7 month cancer battle in January and I started running after that loss. That became, and still is, my therapy and time to “talk” to him. And you are so right about being kind to yourself, that is the most important part. May you always have sweet memories of you mom…

      • Karen permalink
        December 2, 2010 7:27 am

        Thanks Jessica. ❀ I'm sorry to hear about your dad as well. When my mom was sick, running was my best outlet, and I know if I can do it again now, it'll help in the healing process and help me to start to feel better. Its just been really hard to get out there. I'm determined to make it happen, though.

  158. Amy permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:20 pm

    My goal is run 3-4 days a week for a total of 15-20 miles/week and have the self control not to eat every cookie in sight. No races in sight, so just relax and enjoy running and working out. Also hoping for some snow to go cross country skiing!

  159. December 1, 2010 12:24 pm

    My goal is to just keep running, even if it means getting up at 4:30am to drive into the gym before work (which I did this morning). I hope to get in at least 3 shorter runs and 1 longer run per week. By shorter, I mean 3.5 – 4.5 miles. By longer, I mean 6+. My diet is slacking a bit this month, so I’m trying to really stay on top of my running to at least maintain my weight (another goal, although I’d love to drop a couple lbs this month).

  160. December 1, 2010 12:25 pm

    November was the month of the sick around these parts, so December goal is BACK TO IT. 3 runs and 2 core/strengths workouts every week through Christmas Eve when I leave for vacation with my whole crew. I’m hoping to get a couple of workouts in there, but walking around Disney with 4 kids in tow has to count for something all on it’s own, right? πŸ˜‰

  161. Sarah B. permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:26 pm

    I’m pretty sure the cardio 4 times/ week is hard-wired into me by now (although it’s foolhardy to doubt the power of December so I’m throwing salt over my shoulder just in case), so my specific goal for this month that will insure that I stay on track AND actually make some progress towards my quest to get faster is to . . .
    Be able to do 6 sets of strides at the conclusion of my runs, each set the distance of two spans of power lines.

  162. permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:27 pm

    My personal goal? To just finish the training chart my amazing trainer put together for a trying again after a post run meltdown in August runner…Dec. is my second month. Will be going from 2 miles today to 3.5 by the 31st! I plan to get every run on the chart in. That is all. And drink my green tea, lower sugar, increase veggies, and be present with my babes over the holidays.


  163. Kat permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:28 pm

    My goal for December is to not have a goal. Which feels really weird. And a little scary.

    This year, I have done 2 1/2s, 2 10Ks, a 4 miler, a 5K, a Duathalon and a sprint Tri. It has been a great year, I have PRd in everything but the 5K (that was last year).

    But now, I just need to chill, if only for a month. So, I want to run 3x a week, but no speed, no tempos or no longs. No prescribed paces, just easy. Then, I will try to xt twice a week.

    My goal for January is to train for another 10K and start swimming so I can enter an Olympic tri sometime next summer.

  164. Terzah permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:28 pm

    Picking a goal for December alone is a very good idea. I have a giant 2-year running goal, but breaking it up into smaller bits will help. One part of this big goal is cleaning up my diet, a tough thing at this time of year. So my new December goal is to eat no junk food brought to work by my well-meaning co-workers. I know I won’t avoid junk food altogether this month (after all, I have to make cookies with my kids, right?). But I can control how much junk I eat by avoiding that unexpected plate of cookies left over from someone’s retirement party and all the other stuff that rolls through work in December.

  165. Kelly permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:31 pm

    Trying to get back into shape after having a baby in September. My goal for December to hit my first double digit mile run this month! And continue losing the baby weight!!

  166. December 1, 2010 12:36 pm

    Training for Boston starts in 2 weeks (OMG!) So for the month of December I plan on running at least 4x week and strength training 2x week. Love the accountability!

  167. Shelley Buckholtz permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:36 pm

    My goal, is to keep my fitness at its current level. I am looking forward to some non-running workouts by taking some Barre3 classes and hitting the pool and spin classes again. I often neglect those types of things during peak running times leading up to Fall or late Spring races, and my goal is just to enjoy the off race time and hit the core work hard.

  168. December 1, 2010 12:39 pm

    My goal for December is the same as every month: 4 days of running, 2 days of cross training (swimming, elliptical), 2 days of weight training. One day of rest. And to not gain weight this month.

  169. December 1, 2010 12:49 pm

    My goals are to run 3-4x/week, do strength workout 2x/week (thanks Dimity – I threw in a few moves from your RW Strong Core too so I’m now extra sore), and to get my butt to the marathon clinic that starts 30 December.

    Non-fitness goal is to not worry so much about money (or lack there of) and know that my family will have a great Christmas regardless of what’s under the tree.

  170. Katie permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:54 pm

    My goal is to focus on core and getting stronger. I ended up injured in November even though I was in denial about it (hip and foot arch). Since resting, I’m feeling much better and want to get really strong in my core before picking up with running again. So, my goal for each week is to Swim 2x, Bike 2x, Run 1x, strength train 2-3x.

    Dimity, I am doing the exercises you sent out last week – they didn’t look like a lot, but WOW! I was sore the next day (and the next…). So, thanks for putting those together.

  171. Debbie Popiel permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:55 pm

    I just ran NY and my goal was to come in under 5 hours. I did it in 4:47:15. My next goal is to run a marathon is 4:30 (in lottery for NY again and maybe San Fran!) and then get a coach and train to break 4:00 so I can qualify for Boston in 2012. I’m gonna do it too!

  172. Stephanie permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:58 pm

    Love writing this down so I feel accountable! I want to run three times per week…2 x 30 mins and 1×45-60 mins. and do 2 strength training days. I really want to keep a good base going for the new year.

  173. Adrienne permalink
    December 1, 2010 1:00 pm

    My goal for this month is to do more cross training and just remain fairly diligent with my workouts. At least 3 runs/week and my long run of 5-6 miles. Get back on track with weight training and do 1 spinning class/week. Then on December 27, a friend and I start training for the Flying Pig Marathon (my first full, her third!) in Cincinatti, OH! So I need to keep a decent fitness level before the real training begins!

  174. Tiera permalink
    December 1, 2010 1:13 pm

    My right hip has been bothering me lately, so my goal is to run 3 times a week and do strength training Dimity style 2 days a week. Can I say that when January 1st comes along I feel SOOO good to know that I am already in shape instead of just beginning a fitness routine!

  175. December 1, 2010 1:16 pm

    My goal is to keep running this December, 3 times a week. At 8 plus months pregnant, I need to just keep going

  176. Katie permalink
    December 1, 2010 1:23 pm

    I can run with a sore throat, a runny nose, even with blisters on my feet, but a few weeks ago I went to bed the night before my 2nd half with what I assumed were pre-race butterflies and woke up hours later with one of the nastiest stomach bugs I have ever experienced. I CAN NOT run with that. 16 wks of training + full time job + 3 munchkins 5 and under…what a horrible feeling. I enter December more determined than ever not to let all this preparation go to waste. I’m signing up for a February race and just printed out a new training schedule. My December goal: work my runs around holiday parties/obligations, run when I’m feeling stressed, and not feeling guilty about taking that “me time” that is so necessary for me to be a better, more patient, mom, wife, a better person really.

  177. Karen permalink
    December 1, 2010 1:42 pm

    The whole holiday prep thing is really daunting, but exercise makes me feel SO much better. I’m hoping to keep a schedule of three step aerobics classes per week, plus three days on the treadmill. Between work and the short days, running outside isn’t an option 😦

  178. corrine permalink
    December 1, 2010 1:59 pm

    I am trying to increase my mileage this month and if I feel good at the end of the month then I will sign up for a marathon in June.

  179. Kim permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:19 pm

    My goal is to weight train 2-3 times per week and run 30 miles per week.

  180. December 1, 2010 2:28 pm

    My goal for December is to get in a habit of doing a regular strength/core training routine (3 times/week) before marathon training starts in January.

  181. Beth Bogdon permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:32 pm

    My goal is to get back up to a five mile run, ever since winter set in I’ve dropped down to 3.5/4 milers. Hopefully xmas break will bring me lots of sleep and motivation:)

  182. Margaret permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:36 pm

    Make myself run–even when it’s chilly.

  183. Erica C permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:42 pm

    My December goals:
    Monday – run (or rest!)
    Tuesday – arc trainer and weights
    Wednesday – run or indoor soccer
    Thursday – hot yoga and my favorite chix with stix hockey
    Friday – arc trainer and weights
    Saturday – run
    Sunday – run
    If I can do this, I will be one happy mamma!!

  184. December 1, 2010 2:51 pm

    December is month 2 of my runnbatical. I run 3x/week still but no structured mileage or intensity. What I’m really focusing on is a mental break along and strengthening, especially the glutes/hips/hams.

  185. Melissa permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:04 pm

    Well, I’ve got my first marathon this weekend so…zero week excluded (!) I would like to round out the month by making sure I run at least 3x/week and cross train at least 2x/week.

  186. Tami Pike permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:09 pm

    My goal for December is to make my run (my “me time”) the priority of the day so that everything else feels more doable and everyone else is easier to “handle”. Healthy body = healthy mind for me! Not to mention my goal of continuing to melt away those pounds – I’ve managed to even continue to lose (slowly mind you) over the Turkey holiday! Woot woot – that makes me a very happy running Mama.

  187. Marissa permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:10 pm

    I just ran the Philadelphia marathon, so my goal for December is to try to build back up to my pre-marathon training mileage and to work in some cross-training. That means run 4 days a week, yoga one day a week, and incorporate lots of stretching for my IT band. Another December goal is to get in one long run a week so that I don’t feel like I’m starting from ground zero in the Spring.

  188. Michelle permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:15 pm

    I’ve been battling an injury since July (yes, July!), and am finally back to running two to three times a week. My goal is to get back to running at least 4 or 5 times a week, and to work back up to doing long runs again – longest run right now is 4 miles – all withOUT re-aggravating this injury!!!

  189. Jennifer permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:16 pm

    I have been in maintenance mode for the last couple months so I am excited to finally start my training program for my first marathon in April. I started running last January so as a fairly new runner I don’t feel I have any room to skip workouts in December or I will be in real trouble come January. I am following Hal’s Novice training program plus 2 strength and 2 pilates / yoga workouts per week.

  190. December 1, 2010 3:24 pm

    As a music teacher, December is a back-breaking month with extra rehearsals, concerts, etc., and of course fitness is often the first thing to go. So – my goal is two-fold:
    1. Keep my fitness routine going – this means running a minimum of 5 days a week – with at least one “long” run (for me that would be five miles right now) and one day of some sort of speed work. On the other three days I’ll take whatever trotting around I can get.
    2. Add in some cross-training. I’m aiming for one workout a week that isn’t running. Pilates maybe, or possibly a spin class. We’ll see how it goes.

    Thanks for the fun goal setting!

  191. Janey permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:29 pm

    Dear December, I know we’ve had a love/hate kind of relationship in the past. You tease me with holiday parties, endless amounts of food, and way to many “girls’ nights”. You’ve spoiled my running goals in the past… but, not this year! I’m going to stick with a simple goal… one that I know I can achieve. That goal is to log 20 miles each week. Maybe that’s 2 days of running… maybe it’s 5. Either way December, you are not going to get the best of me this year. All the best, Janey

  192. Tara permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:43 pm

    I am registered for a 5K on December 18. The goal is to beat my previous best by at least 21 seconds. Then, I have a 5 mile race in January and February. In March I’ll do another 5K (and beat my PR from December, of course!). With all these races lined up, I can’t miss a workout. Saturdays and Mondays are my days off, so I get Christmas and New Year’s off. I haven’t missed a workout since Halloween (when I was sick), so I have a great streak going that I really don’t want to break!

  193. Lauren permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:54 pm

    I am recovering from an injury (a strained TFL muscle), so my goal for December is to work up to running 30 minutes by the end of the month. I injured myself running a half-marathon, that included about 5 miles downhill. That downhill killed me! Before I was injured, I was dreaming of the Eugene Marathon in May. If I can run a 5k by the end of December, maybe I can still make my dream?

  194. Judy permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:58 pm

    I have been thinking hard about this. I want a achievable goals. In December I will 1. complete the necessary mileage so that I will have run 2010 miles this year. 2. Add strength training 10 minutes a day. 3. Keep a food journal for the month to keep me honest. Good luck to all RLAMers. I will be cheering for you to meet your goals too.

  195. Sue permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:01 pm

    I haven’t been working out at all since the summer. I started a new job, the kids both started at new schools, and I just stopped running. So, my goal is to get to the Y at least two times per week. I’ll add another each month of the new year till I’m up to four or five. And also yoga. Thanks for a great “goalkeeper”!

  196. December 1, 2010 4:36 pm

    My goal is maintenance, since I raced on Sunday for the last time this year. This will include my usual 3-4 runs and 1 x-train session per week. And in a perfect world, I’d love to add weight training back in once a week.

  197. Veronica permalink
    December 1, 2010 4:37 pm

    Like everyone else, this is the time of year where I totally BONK on workouts. I just ran my first full last month, and am still coming down off that high. I want to plan another, but know nothing will compare to running the streets of NYC w/ my family there to cheer me on. So, I’ve re focused and decided to dedicate December to speed training so that I can get my next half in January under 2 hours. That would mean taking a full 10 minutes off my PR from last spring, but I’m determined. This also means me vs. the dreadmill. GAG.

  198. December 1, 2010 4:39 pm

    I forgot to mention! Write down what I eat. No judgments or alterations yet, just recording, plain and simple.

  199. December 1, 2010 4:53 pm

    Continue to workout at twice a week at the gym and run 3 times a week.

  200. December 1, 2010 5:14 pm

    Minimally, I’d like to run at least 3 times a week while building my mileage, but I’d really like to run 4 times a week and throw in 1 day of cross training. This time of year is so tough in terms of diet and finding time to work out.

  201. December 1, 2010 5:17 pm

    going back to hard core kettlebells as soon as this marathon is over on Sunday. taking a couple weeks off the crazy miles then ramping them up again. Marathon in March and 50k in April means very little rest for me. πŸ™‚

  202. A. Smith permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:29 pm

    This winter, I’ll be mixing gym workouts (lifting, stairs, and intervals) with outdoor runs. And, of course, lots of fun winter sports – skiing, snowshoes, etc. It’s a fun time of year to mix my workouts.

  203. cindy frisoni permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:30 pm

    Lists, lists, and more lists. Check them twice and try not to forget. Say no to my fourth cookie. Moderate intensity workouts/runs 3 time per week.

  204. December 1, 2010 5:33 pm

    My goal is to run 4 times per week. I’m just getting into it again and I really am craving the consistency and the outdoor time.

  205. December 1, 2010 5:34 pm

    My goal for December is to recover from the months of marathon training I have just finished, keep running with long runs of no more than 12 miles, and re-engage in yoga. Starting tonight. πŸ™‚

  206. Kim V permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:35 pm

    My goal is to squeeze in 5 workouts a week – either un, spin or strength training. Then I can sneak Christmas Cookies! πŸ™‚

  207. Rachel permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:37 pm

    I will start running 4 days a week. I’m starting training for a half. eeek

  208. LisaQuing permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:37 pm

    I plan to work out at least 3 times a week – 30 minutes each week. I aim for one short run (2-3 miles) and 2 other aerobic workouts (probably kickboxing).

  209. Joy permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:37 pm

    My goal is continue with my regular weekly workout routine and to not eat too many cookies!

  210. December 1, 2010 5:38 pm

    I will continue to run with my dog, toward the goal of polite, graceful canine/human running. I will not run alone. I will always bring the dog.

  211. maggie permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:39 pm

    My goal is to keep my current workout schedule (run 2-3x, zumba, etc), maybe even add back a spin class once a week, so that I can feast on Christmas goodness and still fit into my clothes. Oh, and also try not to yell t my kids.

  212. Jenn permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:39 pm

    My goal is pretty basic. I want to get some form of exercise (be it running, an exercise DVD, etc.) at least 5 times a week. I always tned to over indulge for the holidays, so if I exercise maybe I’ll be able to at least maintain my weight…

  213. Jasmine permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:39 pm

    My goal is to run 5 times a week. I will also be attending two seminars at my gym as part of their “Weigh to Stay” program.

  214. Stephanie Foley permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:40 pm

    I am also recovering from an injury I sustained about a week prior to my first half marathon (Nov. 6), so my goal for now is to keep healing, while maintaining a very modified running schedule of about 15 miles per week. I’m also trying to add some core work to the mix and am going to shoot for doing my old Gunnar Peterson Core Workout video 2-3 X per week (now if I can just figure out where I stashed my workout ball!)

  215. Alaina permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:40 pm

    Mine is to restart P90x and actually finish the first 30 days. With added stress relieving runs as a special treat to myself!

  216. December 1, 2010 5:40 pm

    To hop on the treadmill for at least 35 min or do a workout on the Wii three days a week. That is all I can hope for!

  217. Michelle permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:41 pm

    My goal is to run every other day. I registered for a race on January 1 – I”m also praying daily for warmer than the -18 weather we had for the run last year.

  218. tina permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:41 pm

    My goal is to run a minimum of 15 miles per week. I’m done with my Christmas shopping so hopefull I’ll be able to get it done!

  219. jules permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:41 pm

    My goal is to get my treadmill fixed! (…waiting on parts) That way I can accomplish my real goal of running 4 days a week (running outside is impossible in my Canadian neck of the woods) plus cross-country skiing 2 or 3 days a week. Simply maintaining for now πŸ™‚
    Oh ya, and my other goal is to convince Santa to bring me a Garmin 405!!!

  220. Beth Quevli permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:42 pm

    My goal is to keep up with running 15-20 miles/week and to not stray more than 3 lbs from my happy weight!

  221. megan permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:42 pm

    At least one run on the road each week. I’ve letyself get really weather wimpy. I’ve been getting in enough workouts, but being does far more for my mood than being cooped up in the gym. Mama needs her fresh air!

  222. December 1, 2010 5:42 pm

    hmm….my goals. I just finished NYC and found out that I have been running with a torn labrum in my left hip! No wonder I have been in pain for the last 6 months. Surgery next week, physical therapy to follow with no running for three months. SO…….my goals are to tighten up the nutrition by going to a nutritionist and completing as much physical therapy that is allowed and to maintain some sort of sanity. I believe that I am allowed to ride a stationary bike. Do it as much as allowed! I would love to hear discussion on your fan page for other moms who have had the same issue! I am kinda freaking out! Thank you so very very much!

  223. December 1, 2010 5:43 pm

    I would say my goals are:
    a) keep sane
    2) take deep breaths when around in-laws
    and c) train heavily for my Half Marathon that takes place in February. I feel this month is crucial. One step out of line could drive me to couch potato heaven. I need to stay focused and positive. Tis’ the season…

    • Dee Dee Brabec permalink
      December 1, 2010 6:09 pm

      Amen, Sister!

  224. December 1, 2010 5:44 pm

    I plan to keep at least 40 miles per week which normally isn’t a problem. However, now that the weather stinks I can’t get my runs in with the kids so I need to squeeze them in some other time in the day. Good luck meeting your goals everyone!

  225. Tita permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:45 pm

    My goal is to stay on track with my half-marathon training. Race day is Feb. 6 and I’m shooting for that elusive sub-2 finish. Between now and end of January, I’ll need to stay married to the track — no matter how many holiday cookies, powdery white ski slopes or San Francisco torrential downpours get in my way.

  226. caryn permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:45 pm

    My goal for December is to continue to run long on the weekends – 6-10 miles and do what I can through the week. I also plan on not indulging in to many Holiday cookies – yum!

  227. Dawn Ball permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:45 pm

    My goal for the month of December is to get my running mileage back to where it was a month ago. I’ve been taking care of a very angry IT band, and have not been able to run. Of course I’ve been able to cross train, but have been too upset about not being able to run that I haven’t done much more than sit around feeling sorry for myself. So this is my month to get back on the running horse, and prepare for my first half marathon in February.

  228. Julie Fredericks permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:45 pm

    Really want to workout at least 5 times per week. On the flip side, my right hip is starting to bug me, so my secondary goal is to get it looked at and figure out what I need to do to fix the problem before it is out of hand.

  229. Amy Johnson permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:46 pm

    My December workout goal is to continue with my running, minimum of 12 miles a week. I just ran my first 10k mid-November, and was running no less than 15 miles a week.

  230. Wendy Rich permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:46 pm

    I hope to keep many dates with my two running partners out on the road this month. We have a 5.75 mile loop we do 4-5 times a week. When the temp drops below 20 degrees, or the snow is sticking on the ground, we send out a quick text and head to the gym to spin, or swim, or just jump on the stairmaster. Chatting away the whole time, so lucky to have those girls πŸ™‚

  231. april permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:47 pm

    My December fitness goals are…
    … to get up early enough to eat breakfast before work daily [i know that is more about nutrition, but hey..]
    … to work out at least twice a week [i work as a civilian for the air force. 3 of my 40 hrs/week can be spent at the gym, which is next door to my building… THEY ARE PAYING ME TO WORKOUT DURING MY WORK WEEK!! I HAVE NO EXCUSE!!]

  232. Rachel Darden permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:47 pm

    I am in a really good place with my running and my weight right now so my goal for December is to maintain both despite the craziness of the holidays and the ensuing cold weather!

  233. Amy permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:48 pm

    My goal is to continue to make exercise (running, strength training and cross training) a priority, even when the schedule gets hectic.

  234. December 1, 2010 5:49 pm

    My goal: Get an actual long-run in and live to walk about it. And by long-run, I mean 10 miles, but I’m dreaming (who dreams of miles and running? Really.) of getting 12 under my belt.

    Since I’ve gotten back to running, I haven’t been able to get more than 5 miles in. In my mind, I think it’s 7, but when I check my Endomondo tracker, that bloody thing has the gall to look back at me and say, “Uh, more like 4, woman.”

    All this to say…oh, random selector thingy, pick me, pick me, pick me! Clearly I need a snazzy jacket to push me to 12 miles. Clearly.

  235. Nicky permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:49 pm

    My goals for December are simple: I will run in Rome while I am there for the birth of my best friend’s baby girl. I will also take long walks with my friend and our baby girls and enjoy the city as much as possible. Besides those goals, I really just want to continue to lose the baby weight, do at least two core workouts a week, and maintain my fitness this month.

  236. December 1, 2010 5:51 pm

    One goal is too just stay motivated. It’s so hard with so much going on. Luckily, my hubby has decided to start running with me on occasion. So, that gives me a little more motivation. If I can get him out at least once a week for a couple miles at a time, Ican probably keep myself on track. I plan to sign us up for a new year’s resolution run. So we have that goal. I also will be returning to yoga at least once per week.They are small goals but acheivable… I hope.

  237. Katrina permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:51 pm

    My goal is to run 3 days a week (even if I have to get up at 5am to do it!)

  238. Kathy Mickus permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:52 pm

    Well, I’m finishing my masters degree this month and my goal is to get back on the wagon( or treadmill). I’ve taken off from
    My regular workouts to spend extra time finishing my degree and my goal is to return to 4-5 workouts a week. I started tonight with a 5 mile run( ok, it was a run/walk). Since I live in Texas, it’s usually a great month to run!

  239. Sally permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:56 pm

    My goal: Get up early three times a week and get my bum to the gym. After that the rest is easy πŸ™‚ … Run and lift to get my legs ski (tele, here I come) ready for the season. Now, if only I could make it snow…

  240. Courtney permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:56 pm

    Keep up three days a week running, keep up 2 days a week in home strength training, sign up for at least two races for the new year, buy another long pair of running pants to do the first, buy/find a training program for my first 1/2 in June. Wow feels great to write that out instead of just in my head. Thanks!

  241. Nikki permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:56 pm

    My goal this December? Is simple…to keep it up (and to not suck)! I’ve reached my goals this year of a Sprint Triathon, 70 mile bike ride, and a 1/2 marathon, all while maintaining my kids schedules, volunteering in their classroom & PTO, house duties & my own schoolwork! πŸ™‚

  242. December 1, 2010 5:57 pm

    my goal is to make sure i get at least 2 strenght workouts in my week

  243. December 1, 2010 5:57 pm

    I am doing the Goofy Challenge in January! YIKES! (a half and then a full the next day!!)
    So…..I have to do it. No matter what! How, no idea yet…but…that’s the plan!

  244. Julie permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:58 pm

    Attend all 12 sessions of the cross-fit groupon I bought last month!

  245. Nicole K. permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:01 pm

    My first goal is to keep running….I will always carry my shoes, music and reflective gear with me in the car and, therefore, have no excuse for not getting in a run, even if it’s short. My second goal is to not beat myself up if Icannot keep to my regular exercise routine during the holidays. Catching up with old friends and family whom I haven’t seen in a long while is far more important than killing myself to stick to my routine.

  246. Carlea F permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:02 pm

    My goal is to do something every day to burn calories, whether that be getting on the elliptical while watching TV or running the road or track. I also want to continue finding days to do yoga and pilates. I feel so much better doing them!

  247. Aimee Cordero permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:03 pm

    Just did my first marathon and besides being exhausted, I may have hurt my hips a bit. I do plan on taking it easy this month and running a couple of miles 3 x a week. I have a little goal of doing a 5K on New Years Day so I can’t let myself completely go.

  248. leti peterson permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:03 pm

    my goal is to do my 5k at the park everyother day , and not let anyone change my mind , I will keep it like an appiontment I can’t miss and I’m go to go with that mind set πŸ™‚ happy holidays to all

  249. Alyson Yoder permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:04 pm

    December goal–
    Hit the snooze alarm one less time each day even though it cold and dark. Half marathon in March, cannot take December off!

  250. Jennifer G permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:04 pm

    Just finished a half marathon 2 weeks ago and it has been a challenge to get back out there and run. So, a December goal is definately needed. Plan on running 3x/week, spin at least 1x/week, yoga/pilates 2x/week.

  251. Rene Baker permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:06 pm

    My goal is to incease my mileage from a 10k to a 15k, in preparation for my first 10k Jan. 8th

  252. Darcy permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:06 pm

    I realized that I needed to hold myself accountable: every year for the past FOUR, I have made a New Year’s Resolution to start running. I always found an excuse (no free time, too cold, kids etc). In August, I committed to myself that I would run. I immediately signed up for a 5k (my first, that I just rocked!) and I told everyone and put it up on Facebook. Then I signed up for more races, including a half marathon in the Spring. And I announced it to everyone. So, I have no choice: I have to run! My goal for December is at least three runs per week, with one being at least five miles. My husband knows that Saturday mornings will be my longer runs. I’m determined to do this!!!

  253. Pam C. permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:06 pm

    My goal is to continue with 3 runs per week and at least two walks, averaging about 15 miles per week. Oh, and stay sane, that one may be a stretch goal.

  254. Corinna permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:07 pm

    My December goal is to add one mile a week to my run. I’m training for my first half marathon in March and couldn’t be more excited about it. Good luck everyone on your goals!

  255. Michele Tellez permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:07 pm

    My goal this December is to run 26.2 or more miles every Saturday on my long runs. I have told myself that by the time I turn 40 ( in 4 yrs) that I would like to run a 50 or 100 mile ultra and be somewhat decent at it. So I figure I’ll start now and hopefully the 26.2+ miles will come very easily to me.

  256. Jenny Womble permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:07 pm

    Five months from today I will run in my first ever marathon. During a momentary lack of sanity, I agreed to run 26.2 miles with three of my friends from high school. It has been 15 years since we have all been in the same place at the same time. We are all living in different states and we have all become mothers. So, my December workout goals include continuing to run at least 4 days a week averaging 15 or so miles per week until December 27th when my 18 week training program begins. I am beyond excited for this journey and I am anxious to learn more about myself along the way.

  257. Karen permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:09 pm

    To keep building up a good base so I can train for my first half next year! πŸ™‚

  258. Sarah permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:09 pm

    My goal is simply to get back into a cross-training running routine again. I ran a marathon a month ago and motivation to get out of bed at 5:15am when it’s cold and dark is hard to find right now!

  259. Jeanwl permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:11 pm

    Ski season! Hoping it gets cold enough so we can ski by mid-month. Slowly/slowly/slowly increase mileage post-stress fracture in foot (no matter how much I want to jump into higher miles more quickly). Winter is mostly about managing my own workouts, in between teaching classes at the gym, skiing two days a week, and running without overdoing it, especially as I get older. Goal is to get in those all important rest days.

  260. Eileen Roth permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:11 pm

    My goal is to maintain fitness by running every weekday morning in December (4:30 am) with my three favorite running momma buddies to total 25 miles per week… No races till a trail run in February.

  261. December 1, 2010 6:12 pm

    I’m incorporating two things into December: core training, and motivation. I’m sorely lacking in both right now. Since running a half a month ago, both my son and I have been sick 3 of the 4 weeks and it made a mess of my running performance. Perfectionist mama doesn’t like that and has been very negative during this first healthy week. I need to get back to feeling like even the simplest 5K doesn’t take it all out of me. That, and my posture is crap.
    (and this was just for accountability – as much as i love that jacket, our 40-degree night tonight probably comprises our winter, so i’m donating my entry to a mama who’s got to have a new jacket!)

  262. Cynthia holthaus permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:12 pm

    My goal is to run one more mile to my current milage. This is my insurance policy for all the extra snacking!!!

  263. Carla O. permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:13 pm

    After the half-marathon this weekend, my goal is to do at least four workouts each week – either strength training, yoga, running, or treadmill/elliptical – and at least four days a week of core work. Yikes – it’s out there now!

  264. Melissa Davis permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:13 pm

    I am training for my first half-marathon in June. I started 2 months ago so I will be able to take it nice and slow in hopes of prevailing over the arthritis in my hips. Learning what my body can handle after being diagnosed (at 31 no less) has been challenging. My biggest challenge seems to be adding in cross training. So my goal is to add in one session of cross training this month and add a second in January.

    • Jackie permalink
      December 1, 2010 6:22 pm

      Melissa, Just curious if you’ve tried using Jeff Galloway’s run/walk method. I used it for a marathon after having issues with ITBS. Since doing run/walk I’ve had no ITBS issues.

  265. Jackie permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:15 pm

    Since December is cold in MN, my goal is simply to run (outside) 3x a week and Zumba class once a week.

  266. Anna permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:15 pm

    My goal for December is to get to yoga three times a week and run three times a week. I’ve got a half marathon planned for the end of January and this will ensure I’m ready for the race.

  267. Theresa permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:16 pm

    My goal for December is to run at least 4x a week and cross train the rest of the days with one day of rest. After a 10k I did at the end of October I got very lazy so I must make up for those lazy days.

  268. Leslie permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:16 pm

    Get out and run at least once a week, despite the short, dark days!

  269. Geli permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:20 pm

    I want to continue my current routine, even while I’m on vacation during the second half of December.

  270. Darcy permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:20 pm

    As a newbie runner who is about to finish the Couch to 5K program, my December goals are:

    1) continue running 3x a week
    2) work on my endurance and get to running 45 minutes (now at 30 minutes).
    3) Pick a race to enter some time in the new year
    4) Get brave enough to get off the dreadmill and take it outside for at least one run this month! (Tough for this Florida girl who is facing her first winter in Northern VA)

    Thanks for this fantastic blog, facebook page, and the book that has given me the courage as 38 year old mom of 4 to RLAM!

  271. December 1, 2010 6:22 pm

    6 miles, MWF, with ab/weight/squat work Tue/Thurs. At least 2 weekend runs this month. And a loss of 5 lbs. Already signed up for my first winter race – 12K on 12/19.

    And a trip to Roadrunners w/my gift certificate for some winter runwear.

    (After stripping off my gloves today & long sleeve shirt, saw another woman running in a winter jacket w/a lift ticket hanging off the zipper and I thought “Wow, she must be very hot!” πŸ™‚

  272. sel permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:23 pm

    Re-establish a routine after injury: Two strength workouts a week (thanks Dimity, for the hip moves) and 3 runs a week at a comfortable pace.

  273. December 1, 2010 6:24 pm

    I’m running a 5K on Sunday, and my goal is to PR. After that, my goal is to manage speedwork at least once a week for 5 weeks in the hopes of PRing January. I’m also hoping to manage semi-longish runs (6-8 miles) on the weekends. And survive cold weather. And not gain 5 pounds from my mother-in-law’s Christmas candy like I did last year.

  274. Kim Smith permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:24 pm

    I just set my Dec running goal in my RunStar app…45 miles this month. November, I did 38. I’ve only been running since Sept.

  275. Katie permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:25 pm

    My goal is to run 3 times per week and to add 1 day of core work…trying to work myself out of a post-half funk so this is a good goal to have!

  276. Alicia permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:26 pm

    I’m turning it up in December! Starting a new 90 day fitness program and planning running 3x a week! Nutrition is another story, I plan on a few indulgences but hope my fitness will compensate!

  277. Maria permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:28 pm

    My goal for December is maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. I live in Hawaii so weather is not an issue for running but we are heading home for the holidays and I want to keep running even in the cold(er) weather and despite the allure of yummy foods and restaurants that we don’t have here. December goals: Workout classes 4 times per week (which include 2-3 miles of running & resistance training) and one long run (5-8 miles) on a weekend day.

  278. December 1, 2010 6:28 pm

    Well, since my goals for November are shot, I have a chance at December right???

    December. Plan more runs. Not just think that they are going to happen. Actually go to bed on time so that I will get up at 4:30am and not be tired.

    I would like to at least do between 15-20 miles/week. It will make me feel better and be a better person to be around. And I notice that I get about the same amount of work done in the AM if I run or if I don’t (and getting up at the same time), so I might as well be out there not feeling guilty about the Christmas cookies.

    I will be off work for the last 2 weeks of Dec and I am going to try and make it the the Tues AM Pilates class both weeks – in addition to the Mon evening. It’s good for me. I must keep chanting that over and over or I might not go!

  279. Liz permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:32 pm

    I’m training for my first marathon. My goals are to get my weekly mileage in, no matter the weather, even if it means running on a treadmill (ugh). Also, I’m racing a 5-miler in 2 weeks, and my goal is to finish with a sub-9 average pace.

  280. Jolene Cannady permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:33 pm

    Since September I have been picking a different cancer cause a month to run miles for and each mile I run I put in $1 for each mile and donate it. My father passed 3 years ago from Glioblastoma Mutliforme, an aggressive primary brain cancer, and since then my running has taken on a new cause. I am a shy person and my voice is not big, so I use running as a way to raise awareness and make a change. This month my goal is to run 40 miles a week or more and the money will be going to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. I worked in the PICU as an RN for over a year and saw many children pass from cancer. My goal this month is to raise enough money to help out a bit and hopefully help a family who is spending Christmas in the hospital with their child.

    • Katie Pace permalink
      December 1, 2010 6:44 pm

      Jolene, my mom died in April ’08 as a result of her treatment for Glioblastoma Multiforme. What a great, great way to have something positive come from your father’s death. A suggestion: have you checked out the Chris Elliot Fund? They are also on Facebook and are dedicated to GBM research and patient support.


  281. December 1, 2010 6:34 pm

    My goal is to do the bulk of my runs outdoors. I’m such a weather wimp but I also hate the treadmill. Tough, tough. So, if I can run outdoors for most runs, I’ll be happy!

  282. Vivian Papp permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:34 pm

    my goal is to keep moving even when the thermometer has stopped! This is my first winter running and I am terrified of slipping on ice and/or freezing to death. My friend who lives in the Netherlands told me to dress in layers and wear a hat and scarf. So my goal is to stay alive and not go into hibernation. I am planning to do a triathlon in July with my nephew (who is very overweight, as am I) and I have to set a good example. So far we have done 2 5ks together and hope to do a half marathon in the spring. That won’t happen if I hibernate this month…

  283. karen permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:35 pm

    My goal is a little wacky–Im so hardcore all or nothing and its burning me out. Add the stresses of the holiday and I am a mess. So for me my pact is to be easy on myself. Do 10, do 8, do 6. Dont worry about the number, worry about just doing. I am also giving myself 1 rest day a week of pure vegetation with no guilt. So 6 days a week run atleast 4 but mostly 9 (my regular) and 1 day a week relax, FOR REAL. I hope this helps me greet the holidays healthy AND happy. Running should be a stress reliever, not a stress giver.

  284. December 1, 2010 6:37 pm

    My goal with the upcoming “la-nina” winter that we are supposed to have? To get the kids off to school, and then to get that first foot out the door for my morning run, without “complaining” about the darn rain. Yes, it is wet outside. Yes, I will get wet. So, so what? I need to have a positive mental attitude. I just registered for my 5th 100 miler ultra race to compete in on 2/7/11, so in order to train for that, I need to be out there on Saturdays during December and January, getting my long run in — NO MATTER WHAT the darn Portland rainy grey cold weather is doing. JUST GET IT DONE!!! That will be my new mantra.

    • Iliana Zuniga permalink
      December 1, 2010 7:13 pm

      you are my HERO

  285. Steph permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:38 pm

    I want to get the book “Run Less, Run Faster” recommended by the RLAM Guru’s themselves and try to train for a 5K PR in Spring! First step, get the book.

    • Katie Pace permalink
      December 1, 2010 6:45 pm

      My husband read that book and loved it!

  286. Megan permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:42 pm

    I ran the Philadelphia Marathon, so my plan for December is to do some maintenance mileage. My goal is to run at least 4 days/week and strength train 1 day/week. Also, I’d like to not gain any weight this month. We’re spending next week in Disney so between that and the holidays, it will be enough of a challenge.

  287. Kristen permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:43 pm

    Is to get out of bed in the morning. The dark cold mornings in Chicago are every excuse I need to roll over and go back to bed. I can go to the YMCA and workout later when the sun is out but that means the dreaded tredmill!!!! I love running outside but the thought of leaving my bed and going out into the cold and dark is not very inviting. If I can get outside once a week and keep up my runs of 7 or 8 miles and I know I won’t go that far on the treadmill, for sure! Then I can do my shorter runs of 3 to 5 miles on the treadmill. I just have to brave the cold once a week and I can keep up my current level. I worked so hard this summer I don’t want it to dissappear.

  288. Deirdre permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:43 pm

    I run my first 5 mile race on the 18th–so my goal is to be ready and be warm! Jacket would help πŸ™‚

  289. Jenn permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:45 pm

    My goal is to stay motivated running outside. I’m going to join a running club I just found out about. I’ve never done anything like that before so I’m hoping to find others who will help me stay perky in the long Massachusetts winters.

  290. Rachelle permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:48 pm

    My goal is just try to find the time to run with holiday activities work and a hard working husband and 1yr old.

  291. Julie permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:48 pm

    My exercise motivation has been horrible lately, so my goal is to get up each morning and immediately put on my workout clothes ( instead of lounging in my pj’s while I get the kids on the bus and then hanging with my toddler). I promise myself to do one long run a week outside in the cold and do pilates 3 times a week (which will be via exercise on demand) while my toddler naps. No excuses and I’m putting a star for each day I follow-through on my kid’s school lunch calendar which is hanging on the fridge.

  292. Jenn permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:49 pm

    Scratch my last comment. I’m going to hop on Stephanie McCall’s idea! What a great suggestion. I’m going to set the plan for the week and if I follow it I get something. Nothing huge, manicure, new underwear something to keep me motivated. LOVE it Stephanie your a genius!!!

  293. Alison Price permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:51 pm

    My goals for December: First, maintain my level of fitness. After running two half marathons in 6 days, I need to rest, but also make sure that resting does not turn into laziness. So, three short runs a week, one yoga and two pilates is the goal for the month.

    Second, I need to get my race calendar figured out. Looking for a 10K (haven’t done one yet), a half, and a 30K to get on the calendar for the first half of 2011.

  294. Gwen permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:51 pm

    My goal is to do cardio 3X a week and strength training 2X a week. I love to eat and have lost about 50lbs in the last year from running and strength training so I don’t want to gain anything back through the holidays. I’ve been struggling lately with getting motivated, our personal trainer moved away and we decided to switch gyms to one that had babysitting and so I haven’t been as strict since that all happened and need to really get back to work…I still have a ways to go on my weight loss journey.

  295. Megan permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:54 pm

    My goal is 1 outdoor run per week. I live in Milwaukee, and this is my first winter as a runner, and I have to say winter is winning so far. So I registered for a Snow Run in January to make myself get out there.

  296. December 1, 2010 6:54 pm

    My goal is to increase my mileage each week this month. I want to work on my core at least 5 days a week. I just registered my husband for his first half in June. I have to be in shape to train him.

  297. Brianna Beers permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:54 pm

    Get out of the house everyday and walk my infants in the doulble stroller. If the walk path at the nearby park is covered in snow, I will go to the mall and walk there.

  298. Iliana Zuniga permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:58 pm

    With 2 boys 4 and 2, a husband, and a very demanding full ti me job that sometimes requires a lot of international travel, my goal for december is simple. To take every opportunity I have to make it into a run. Convert running an errand into actually running in order to get that errand done, and to see every run as a blessing and be thankful for it, and enjoy it, as I don’t have the certainty on when I will be able to go out for another one again.

    I will take advantage of little chances, and go out for 2 or 3 minute runs in a day, instead of a 1 hr long one if I dont have the chance, and I will make it challenging: repeats, speed work, intervals, etc..

    I will enjoy my cross training when the weather is just forcing me to stay indoors, and will also feel like a real badass mother runner when I challenge the weather and go out when every inch of my body begs to stay inside and warm.
    Most of all, I will make my goal to continue to be healthy, fit and strong to survive the holidays and make it the most enjoyable for my kids.

  299. Lisa permalink
    December 1, 2010 6:59 pm

    My goal for December is to continue doing my 2 strength training DVDs every week and to make it to yoga at least once a week. All while continuing to run 3-4 times a week. I try to do a half marathon in mid-January (if it’s not below 15 here in MN!) so if I keep this up I should be good. Thanks for having us write down our goal here – it will hopefully keep us accountable!

  300. Danielle permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:02 pm

    First goal is the Jingle Bell Run (5k) on Sunday! Then I’m going to try and keep running on the dry days (it’s just too cold/wet/dark at 4:30 am when it’s raining!) My other fitness goal is to start the P90X program and stick to it 4-5 days a week. Hopefully I’ll be able to strengthen my ITB so it will quit hurting every other time I run. Oh, and my toughest goal will be to choose which cookies to make and then to not eat them all!

  301. December 1, 2010 7:09 pm

    My primary goal: remain unijured

    I hope I can saty injury free long enough so that I can finish my marathon training and run the National Marathon in March.

  302. December 1, 2010 7:09 pm

    My goal is to have a “cut back” month-solid, steady training of 30+ miles a week to maintain fitness, but to heal my nagging injuries before kicking it into high gear for the Boston Marathon!
    I am going to shamelessly plug here-I’m running on behalf of GoKids Boston, a charity that provides physical acitivity and nutrition education to underserved children in the Boston area. Check it out at

  303. Brandy Reid permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:11 pm

    Since I have a sprained ankle and can’t run, I am rowing instead. I am indoor rowing 200,000 meters between today and Dec 24th for the annual Concept 2 rowing challenge. That is about 9,000 meteres a day.

  304. Amy permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:14 pm

    My goals for December are to maintain my running (4X/week, about 25 miles per week) and to incorporate some more cross training (yoga, strength training, etc.). I can’t slack – I have a half-marathon in January!

  305. Jill permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:15 pm

    I am still trying to get over ITBS, so lots of cross-training and strengthening are on my agenda. I would like to encourage either my husband or best friend to join me at the gym at least twice per week this month. Wish me luck.

  306. Laurie permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:16 pm

    I had my second baby Oct 15, so my goals for December is to get out every 2nd day for 30 to 40 mins, working up to a hour on or so on the weekends. My plan is to start a marathon clinic towards the end of January. The days that I don’t run the plan is to take the girls for a walk in the stroller and do some core work. I am doing this to get back into shape, but also to stay sane!!

  307. Erin permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:16 pm

    My goal is two follow my training plan for the PF Chang’s 1/2 Marathon in January with 90% accuracy. Here’s hoping:)

  308. Julianne Hyma permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:21 pm

    I’m currently training for an indoor marathon in February, so I’ll be steadily ramping up my mileage this month…a lifesaver in disguise given the extra stress of the holiday season πŸ™‚

  309. December 1, 2010 7:26 pm

    Run 4 days, Yoga/Stretch 2 days, Strength train 3 days each week. I know, that means doubling up some days. I need to continue to use my foam roller on my stupid IT band 3 days/week. I also have one half marathon in December. The Holiday Half on 12/12. Please don’t rain on that day.

  310. Danielle permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:28 pm

    My goal is to try and run at least 3x a week and do 2 strength training. The running has moved in doors and the second goal is to still be able to run on the treadmill as my son sits on it πŸ˜‰

  311. December 1, 2010 7:31 pm

    My goal is to continue to heal so that I can get back into speedwork, which I miss so much. I’m hoping it do a fall marathon in 2011. Keeping legs, feet, arms and fingers crossed.

  312. Stephanie permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:32 pm

    By December 31st: finished my first 10K, continue training for first half, try to get 8 hours of sleep, increase my speed from 10 minute mile to a 9, run a whole 10 miles with no walking, acclimate to the winter weather and stay off the treadmill

  313. Jackie senger permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:35 pm

    I’m trying for four workouts of any kind so that I can stay within 3 pounds of my current weight.

  314. December 1, 2010 7:37 pm

    My goal for December is to keep following my training plan for my first Half Marathon that I will run on January 23rd
    If that is not enough to keep me on track nothing will!!! ha ha!!!

  315. Tracey Smith permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:38 pm

    My goal is to get 2 Pilates classes in a week, one spin and 3 runs (including one longer run). And try not to eat so much that I feel sick!

  316. Tori permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:42 pm

    My goal for this month and for the rest of the winter is to run whenever I can fit it in. I just want to maintain my 2-3 mile runs at least 4 times a week and be able to wear anything in my limited wardrobe to Christmas festivities.

    Also, just to keep me honest, I signed up for a 5K “jingle jog” on Deceber 11th. This is my third year of doing this race and I really look forward to it. I recomend something like this to everyone!
    Even though it is the most laid-back race EVER (you wear bells on your shoes for goodness sakes), my goal is to run it in under 30 minutes. (Past 5Ks – haven’t been able to budge off of 33 mins, but my endurance/speed has really improved since the weather turned cooler).

  317. Rachel Blunk permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:44 pm

    Run 2-3x a week, 4-6 miles per time. Hot core yoga 3-4x a week! I loooove that jacket!

  318. ArtsyFartsyMarathonMommy permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:45 pm

    My goal for December is to dust off the cobwebs and dive headfirst into Boston training after an 8 month hiatus from training. I’m working on building up the mileage, hill repeats and speedwork . Oh my!

  319. December 1, 2010 7:45 pm

    My goal is to train for a half marathon, which I’ll run in February. Need to work on losing my baby weight, and stamina.

  320. Vicky permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:46 pm

    I was told by my doctor that I could start running again in Dec. after replacing my ACL and losing my meniscus. I can still not walk without pain but my goal is to get running again. I miss it!

  321. December 1, 2010 7:48 pm

    I already feel the tummy jiggle…and the cellulite accentuated by black tights? Thank GOD it’s dark when I run. I have post-marathon blues already and the cold temperatures are wreaking havoc on my morning run regimine. I promised myself 4-5 miles 4-5 days a week…but I have a rule about it needing to be above 5 degrees. I’ve also signed up for a Groundhog Day 10K (run in a cave…correction…a smelly parking garage, in a cave).

  322. Karen Mangold permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:48 pm

    My goal for December is to begin my 1/2 marathon training program of 3x per week building up to start hard training in Jan. for my 4th 1/2 marathon in March – with my goal for the 1/2 to be a 9 min. mile pace (or trying to knock one minute off my usual pace). I’m not so worried about holiday distractions keeping me from my goal, but more because I live in the Pacific North-wet, the weather keeping me un-motivated and having to find the inspiration to run on a treadmill.

  323. Christy permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:48 pm

    Running is off the table this month, I am a wienie about the cold/wind/etc…so it is to the elliptical, rower, or the old standby…Tae Bo. My goal for December is to get in 3 workouts a week, hopefully at least 20 minutes, although with a five month old around, it is for however long I can manage to get him to nap or entertain himself (hello baby einstein!). I also am shooting for 3-4 strength (ab/back) sessions a week…and am hoping I can get my 3 older monkeys on board with that part (either occupied or joining in…have you ever watched a 2 year old do abs? Hilarious!)

  324. December 1, 2010 7:50 pm

    Goal: consistently run at least 3x/week; be cross training consistently by the end of the month…

  325. Laurie Machung permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:52 pm

    In December, I plan on continuing to rehab post hamstring injury, maintaining 30 miles per week, building up to 30 minutes of tempo once per week, and doing 10 milers for my long runs. I”m about 12 weeks into a gradual return from injury and hope that December is the month that I can start to rebuild a bit of speed.

  326. Kathy S permalink
    December 1, 2010 7:53 pm

    My goal for December is simply to continue running. I am 7 months pregnant and have been running thus far, but with the holidays approaching, life gets even crazier! I ran all the way through with my first son, and I intend to do the same again!

  327. Selene Nesland permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:00 pm

    My workout goals is to run 3 x’s a week and do hot yoga 3 x’s a week. I would also like to strength train 2 x’s a week on running days. I started doing this at the beginning of Nov. and I have found that the hot yoga really is helping me to gain some strength and stretching. Right after Christmas I plan to start training for a 1/2 marathon that takes place in March and so my schedule will follow the training plan.

  328. danielle permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:02 pm

    My goal is to keep up with my running and conditoning as I recover from my first marathon…I don’t want to lose “it” but at the same time I’m trying to balance the inner need and drive to do more and sign up for another race (since my friends are all signed up I have race envy) and somehow manage that crazy feeling with us trying for baby #2…it’s a tough balance right now…

  329. Linda Strange permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:02 pm

    Being a busy working mom of 2 girls is hard, so I do my 5mi at 5am every other day, with a mom pal down the street, but my goal is to add one strength & stretch workout a week this month. And solemnly promise to only run on the treadmill if it’s below 15 degrees, base temperature or wind chill…

  330. Jessica permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:03 pm

    I have my first half marathon in Memphis on Saturday December 4th… My goal is is to continue running 3-4 days a week throughout the month after this… I have a 7 month old and the short days discourage me so hopefully this will work out πŸ™‚

  331. Tonya Griffin permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:08 pm

    I am trying my best to incorporate weight training in with my running. So my goal for the next month is the following: Monday – an hr of weights (circuits), Tuesday- run 6 miles, Wednesday -1 hr circuit of weights, Thursday-run 6 miles, Friday-off, Saturday – 30 min weights and atleast 3 mile run, Sunday -6 mile run. I will probably shift it around some every week but this is my plan. Once I get the weights incorporated in and start enjoying it ( hopefully) then I want to train for a half-marathon. I am also trying my best to eat healthier. It’s just so hard sometimes! I LOVE chocolate! My family will be spending Christmas in New York City and I am hoping to be able to get away and run in Central Park (brrr!!!!). So excited about this!!!

  332. Karen permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:11 pm

    My goal is to work on my core…big time. I will do at least one core exercise every day in December. Thanks for the video and suggestions Dimity. I teach spinning and classes end next week so instead of sitting on the couch I will do some “core on the floor”. Also keep up the 3 times a week running with the girls.

  333. December 1, 2010 8:12 pm

    I have 38 miles left to complete 400 for the year. I know it will be tough, but if I stay consistant and don’t get lazy, I know I can get ‘er done!!!

  334. Gloria permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:17 pm

    IT Band workout (various leg lifts and hip flexers at 12o reps per leg) at least 5 times each week! Day one done!

  335. Carolyn permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:22 pm

    try to patient with my current injury and give it time to heal.

  336. December 1, 2010 8:23 pm

    My goal this December is to eat clean 90% of the time and to hit all of my swim workouts every single week.

  337. December 1, 2010 8:24 pm

    Me again…realized after I posted that my email had changed. Here are my goals again:

    To eat clean 90% of the time and to hit all of my swim workouts every week.

  338. sarah permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:45 pm

    My goal is to be able to run 3 miles by the end of the month. Post-partum issues have made it difficult, but I WILL be doing a 1/2 marathon in the spring. in a perfect world, I’d be doing the one I did at 12 weeks pregnant last year (its next weekend. Grrr.)

  339. Michele permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:49 pm

    I just want to maintain 3-4 runs/wk and build up the longer run from 9ish to 12 ish so I am able to complete a 15 mi run around Hagg Lake in Feb and have fun doing it.

  340. Darci permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:49 pm

    I just ran my first marathon in Nov. Since then, we’ve been on vacation and eaten too much at Thanksgiving. Since the marathon, I have barely kept to my regular running/working out schedule. My plan in Dec is to keep my regular schedule. I go so early in the morning that I can’t use the holidays as an excuse!

  341. Barb Anderson permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:51 pm

    Goal is to run 60 miles by Christmas with one hill workout each week.

  342. Dawn permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:54 pm

    My goal is to run at least 15-miles per week, 10 during workweek and 5 or more on weekend. I’ll happily trade the 5-mile run though for a day of cross-country skiing or telemark downhill. After all, what good is a La Nina winter if you don’t hit the snow! Also, plan to get 3, 30-minute core classes per week.

  343. Denise Hubbard permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:59 pm

    My goal is to get in a workout M-F (running 3 times as training for first 10k in March). I LOVE Christmas goodies (fudge, etc.), so I also plan to drop a few pounds the first couple of weeks so I’ll have a little leeway in the food department!

  344. Linda Williams permalink
    December 1, 2010 8:59 pm

    My workout goals for December:

    1. Weight training class once a week

    2. Run at least twice a week

    3. Ski as much as I can!! (but at least once a week)

    After all, running is one of the things I do to prepare myself for ski season.

  345. Nancy Wiederhold permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:00 pm

    My goal for Dec. is to run 65miles! Hopefully that will keep the holiday sweets all the sweeter!

  346. Katy permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:01 pm

    my goal is to not die in my first ever 13.1 on Sunday. Asthma has gotten really out of control as far as running goes since the cold has hit, but I worked too dang hard all summer to let it go and wait until spring. After that, recover, embrace the indoors, become a shread head and alternate with the NYC Ballet workout.

  347. Meredith Neesvig permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:04 pm

    I am doing a 1/2 marathon in Dallas on Sunday. My goal is to stay motivated to keep running post race so that I can run another 1/2 in March. The problem is my running buddy will most likely take some time off. So….. I need to stay motivated to run solo!

  348. Marisa permalink
    December 1, 2010 9:30 pm

    I am hoping to run at least 3 times a week and up the pilates classes from 2 to 3. Most importantly, I am going to enjoy this holiday month and not stress about the fact that I actually haven’t started back running since the Phila marathon at the end of November…!

  349. December 1, 2010 9:41 pm

    My goal is to run 3-4 nights a week…even if the temperatures are in the 20’s and it’s snowing (like it was last night!)

  350. Staci permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:07 pm

    I’m starting my training next week for the seemingly impossible. My goal is to follow my training plan no matter the weather! (although I love running in the rain) πŸ˜‰

  351. Michelle permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:11 pm

    I start training for Big Sur/Runner’s World Challenge (maybe we will see one of you thre???)at the beginning of January. Experience has told me, now is the time to lose the 5-8 pounds and strength train like crazy, because it won’t happen while I’m training for the marathon. So…that is the plan. Lots of maintenance running, strength training and point counting (I always go back to Weight Watcher’s system to drop a few pounds). The first two weeks should be easy, at least compared to the two holiday weeks…

  352. nita permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:13 pm

    My goal is to continue cross training (zumba and weights) while working in a few runs for a fun 5 k this month. The bigger goal is to entice a few friends to join me.

  353. Tina Z permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:18 pm

    My December goal is to workout at least 5 times/week, 2 in the pool and 3 dry land, or 3 in the pool and 2 dry land. I’ve been lagging with a total of 3 and sometimes only 2 this semester and I need to step it up to get ready for my season. Thanks for the motivation!

  354. December 1, 2010 10:31 pm

    With the freezing rainy weather upon us, I spend too much time at the gym running and strength training. Everyday I am there. I am overcompensating for my lack of fresh air. Too much for me, and too much for my 2.5 year old daughter (who sits in junior club drawing and playing dolls-INSIDE). With the extra gym time, the onset of the holidays, family feasting, and long car rides to visit friends and family, I realize I am not the only one going stir crazy. SO-My goal is to take a DAY OF REST for me and get my daughter outside for a work out. I consider a stroll through the local state park a rest day, for the kid pace will not make me break a sweat. On the other hand, she will get some much needed fresh air. We will both be happier and healthier for it.
    PS-RLAM you have been an inspiration to me. After I read your book, I was no longer intimidated about running. I went from a sloppy, down trodden 162lbs who couldn’t run a tenth of a mile (in February 2010) to a happy, energetic 125lb. I now run ~15 miles/week. I thank you, my husband thanks you, my daughter thanks you.

  355. Jill O permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:50 pm

    My goal is just to maintain some semblance of fitness while I rehabilitate my injured ankle. I’m aiming to complete another half marathon in May so want a good base level of fitness to ramp up my training again in the New Year.

  356. Stacy permalink
    December 1, 2010 10:53 pm

    My goal this month is to run 4 days a week and to start doing some speed work at least once a month. I ran 2 half marathons this past weekend and was really undertrained for them. Slow & blisters, but I did it! So more regular training & a little speedwork to start. I also want to try snowshoeing at least once this month, so that jacket would be perfect for it :))

  357. December 1, 2010 11:08 pm

    Month of December started with a 5:30 a.m. swim before a 7:40 a.m. flight. Not sure how I fit it in, but damn glad I did. Morning workouts scheduled with friends will get me out for a run or swim few days a week. A brand-new, snazzy bike trainer and a reliable treadmill in the basement, plus a few days of skiing will fill in the rest of the gaps this month. I also have a goal to do P90x ab-ripper workout 10 times this month – in January I am going on a mini-cruise with my husband so I want to look great in my bikini :). That is pretty darn motivating.

    Have fun out there!

  358. Jenn permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:08 pm

    I have signed up for a 10k on Dec. 18th. So workouts will look like running 3-4 times a week (1 of those runs will be a track workout) and strength training 3 times a week. Hopefully a PR for the 10 k will keep me motivated into the new year!

  359. realrellim permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:09 pm

    My goals: one day of strength training and 15 miles a week. I registered for the Rudolph’s Revenge 10K on 12/18 for motivation, and I also registered for a 10-mile race in January to keep me running through the holidays. Being registered for a race is enough to keep me putting in the miles. The challenge will be the strength training.

  360. December 1, 2010 11:24 pm

    LOVE THE JACKET!! Main goal: select and commit to training plan for Boston Marathon. Get my chocolate eating, late night stress snacking, Creme Brulee Starbucks Latte (oh my word – have you had one??) drinking…..rear end REALLY moving!!!

  361. teri chase permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:49 pm

    Here’s my goal… my brother just turned 41- not a runner- but I’ve been trying to convince him to get into it by running a race with me. Running has done wonders for my overall attitude and enthusiasm for life and I have always wanted to spread the love of this great sport! Well, as of next weekend, my goal will come to fruition- we will be running the Jingle Bell Run together and perhaps afterwards, we will plan our next race together! Happy running!

  362. Stephanie clark permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:58 pm

    My goal is to stay sane. I plan in running enough to counter the holiday stress. Also, planning on running in the cold. (hate the dreadmill).

  363. PattiC permalink
    December 1, 2010 11:59 pm

    My goal for December is to stay healthy and work on my baseline running & core. Having too many goals and overdoing everything this year has just set me up for injury and dissapointment … so, I have decided that although I already have my goals for 2011, I am not going to try to do too much during the holidays. Steady runs, core exercises, yoga & pilates with my daughters and hikes & walks with my husband … just have fun — no high expectations : )

  364. Kate permalink
    December 2, 2010 12:03 am

    My fun goal is to run. I am preggo with Thing Two and starting a new job as a nurse and so my big goal is to get my shoes on, head out into the snowy dark and just run. I want to remember why I love running again (and keep baby healthy!!) πŸ™‚

  365. Misty Wilt permalink
    December 2, 2010 12:37 am

    I have agreed to run the Philly Half Marathon in November 2011! I’m really excited but it will take serious training–and a few good friends for encouragement! I don’t want to just finish the race, I want to maintain a 9 minute mile throughout. Woo-hoo!

  366. Cheryl permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:08 am

    After 385 comments, it’s unlikely that I’ll win anything, but it’s still good to write goals down:
    A back problem recurred and grounded me for a couple of weeks, so my goal is to keep up the core-strengthening work and get back to at least two runs a week.

  367. Stacey Beard permalink
    December 2, 2010 3:37 am

    Hey! I know it’s not Wednesday anymore, but I still wanted to share with you both my December goal: I start training this Saturday for my first FULL marathon!! I have run 2 halves before, and a full felt like the normal progression (I guess, right?!?).

    Just wanted to tell you how much I love, love, love your book. I think reading your book this summer was the push I needed to truly commit to doing the full marathon. Also, I love the way you are both so honest and candid about life as a mom, wife, runner, and career holder.

    Thank you for all you do and continue to do to help keep me motivated! 26.2, here I come!!

    Stacey Beard
    Holly Springs, NC

  368. Sam_temptingmama permalink
    December 2, 2010 4:12 am

    This winter I am training for a half marathon. I am nervous as heck and totally giddy. Though, all my training will be outside. In Canada. In, like, minus 20 (-4F) or more. So not awesome, but I’m going to plug through!

  369. Bev permalink
    December 2, 2010 4:14 am

    I am a little late like Stacey-but for me to stay on track in Dec. I scheduled a half marathon on Dec. 11th and a full marathon in April. Having these races scheduled forces me to train cuz if I don’t I will be in trouble! So after the half I will take a couple of days off-but then start in on the 5-6 days of running and cross training prep for the big 26.2…

  370. Emily M. permalink
    December 2, 2010 4:20 am

    My goal is to keep my training going for an upcoming marathon (Feb 27th). Since I’ll be traveling out of country for 10 days and am unsure how running will go while there, I’m setting the goal of keeping all my long runs in for the month and during that time traveling to run at least 3 times, hopefully more! This is my second time to have a marathon scheduled for the end of Feb and I like how it necessitates keeping structure through holidays!!

  371. Jennifer Rennie permalink
    December 2, 2010 4:35 am

    My goal is to get my week-end long run each Sat/Sun between now and New Years. This will be a tough one with so many activities happening on Fri. and Sat. nights. I will continue to run 2x during the week, walk the dog each day, play ball hockey and get at least one hour of skating in each week.

  372. Kathy permalink
    December 2, 2010 4:41 am

    Who are you people super moms or superfreaks?! I am just hoping to survive this month. I look at my workouts (3 runs/week if I am VERY lucky) as an added bonus. Between full time job, holiday shopping, wrapping, cookie making, party going and just maintaining my life I will be happy to achieve that goal. Maybe my 2011 resolution can be to join the group of super moms!

  373. Lisa permalink
    December 2, 2010 4:44 am

    My December goal is to try a new workout, Hot Yoga. After training and running my 1st marathon, I have done alot of cross training but have neglected stretching/yoga. I feel it is now time to try something new after such a great and big accomplishment!

  374. December 2, 2010 5:15 am

    I’m due with my second child on Tuesday, so my goal is to be walking by the end of the month. I’m going to start slow and be practical, but I’m ready to get back to working out!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

  375. Becca permalink
    December 2, 2010 6:08 am

    I made it through Thanksgiving (actually lost 4.5 lbs. that week), so I have a lot of hope for December. After reading your blog on December goals, I’m aiming for the 30-40 minutes 3 times a week. Just wanting to maintain my fitness during the holiday season. For Christmas, I’m joining a gym since it gets snowy and icy here, and I plan to cross-train in their pool and on their strength training equipment.

    Besides actually working out, I plan on assessing where I am and where I want to be in 2011. I have never been in a race, so definitely aiming to start that in the summer, with at least one race in the summer and one in the fall.

  376. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 2, 2010 6:34 am

    A bunch of friends and I do this Ironman Challenge each year over Dec, Jan, and Feb. – the goal is to complete an Ironman by the end of the month. Lots of people change up their goals depending on their specific needs (or like me who doesn’t know how to swim, yet – that will come in Jan & Feb, I’ll be lifting a couple of tons of free weights instead). We post our progress each day on the Facebook page and that way we can keep motivating each other as well. So you can say that my goal for December is to Lift 2.4 Tons, Ride 112 miles, and Run 26.2 miles.

  377. Anna permalink
    December 2, 2010 7:01 am

    My first goal is to toughen up and run outside this winter! I’m a Minnesotan and have always headed for the tread mill. To make myself do this, I signed up for a 1/2 marathon in February. I’m also training for a full marathon in May, so that will keep me motivated, too!

  378. December 2, 2010 7:01 am

    Can maintaining be a goal? Not gaining holiday weight? If so, than that’s my deal for December.

  379. Sheryl permalink
    December 2, 2010 7:29 am

    I’m going to listen to my body. In this busy month with more too accomplish than hours in the day and the never ending cold, I’m going to listen to my body. I try to work out almost every day, because it keeps me calm, centered, peaceful and a better mother…. but if it feels like a pilates day and was supposed to be a running day… I’m going to go with that. Or vice versa.

  380. Niki permalink
    December 2, 2010 7:36 am

    My goal is to run every other day…no matter what. I just need some consistency.

  381. AKortbawi permalink
    December 2, 2010 7:58 am

    My goal is to try to work out at least 3 times a week. I started running this pass year that has helped a lot with keeping my motivation going.

  382. Stacy permalink
    December 2, 2010 8:10 am

    My goal is not to gain weight. I hope to get 3 workouts in a week- one strenght, 2 bootcamps. I would love to start trying to run again but worried about re injury and i REALLY want to start training for a half starting january…

  383. Carol permalink
    December 2, 2010 8:11 am

    My goal is 10 miles a week, either walking or running. I’m not training for anything right now, just trying to lose weight.

  384. Maria permalink
    December 2, 2010 8:18 am

    My goal is to workout 3 times a week and eat better. After moving from family I’m really homesick and the weather is not helping either… all I want to do is stay home and pig out. Hopefully, some cycling and exercise videos will work for me.

  385. Jennifer permalink
    December 2, 2010 8:25 am

    My December goal is to get back into the running mode I was in last year. I was sidelined during 2010 with an injury and have just been given the green light. I tried to jog a week ago and could only make it 1/2 mile. Talk about frustrating! I came home in tears, convinced I wouldn’t be able to build back up to where I was. So I pouted for a bit and then pulled out my RLAM book and started reading. It reminded me of how proud I was to rlam in the first place….so I’ll get back there. It may not be this month, but there’s no better time like the present to start!

  386. December 2, 2010 8:38 am

    I’m focusing on strength training and have developed my plan. Core/arms 3x/week, legs 2x/week. Still running 2-4 days/week, too.

    I want to have fun on my runs and not focus on pace or distance too much.

  387. Jacinda permalink
    December 2, 2010 8:52 am

    I know I am late to post a response but I am hoping that if I “say” it out loud I will do it. I am committed to exercise every day from Dec. 1 until Christmas Eve, I hope to run everyday but if I can’t run I will do some other exercise even if it is only 10 minutes worth. I am trying to set a good yet realistic goal. I am a full-time working Mom, I go to work and get home in the dark so finding time to exercise is always a struggle.

    • Jacinda permalink
      December 2, 2010 8:55 am

      and I am buying your book for myself and reading it this month!

  388. December 2, 2010 9:30 am

    I am running the Myrtle Beach 1/2 marathon in February, so I need to get my runs in. But, my knees DON’T like the cold weather we are having, so I have been forced indoors. My treadmill bores me now, so it is a little bit of a challenge. I am also trying to maintain my endurance level of fitness, since I will be running my first 70.3 in May! All my shopping is done, and the gifts are all wrapped, so I really have no excuse not to work out……. πŸ™‚

  389. Shannon permalink
    December 2, 2010 9:32 am

    I am committed to P90X 5 days a week. Even if it means getting up at 4:00 am

  390. December 2, 2010 9:46 am

    Love this post and reading all the comments!

    I am training for an ultra marathon (Jan 8) so my goal is to stay focused and run – it cold here I do need to get motivated somedays (and the layers and layers…).

    I have been running during the warmest part of the day, the race begins at 8am so I need to start running early.

    Nutrition and sleep are very important this month.

  391. Tasha permalink
    December 2, 2010 10:07 am

    My goal this Dec is to get back to running. I have been battleing injury after injury since Oct. I miss my runs, but since I don’t want yet another injury, I have been crosstraining and trying to get stronger.

  392. Becky Connar permalink
    December 2, 2010 10:08 am

    My goal for December/January is to be “half marathon ready” at all times (not pace wise like I would for a race, but to be able to run that distance comfortably)!! Right now I’m just trying to remain injury-free (hard one for me, it seems) and run comfortably!

  393. tina permalink
    December 2, 2010 10:34 am

    Hi! I’m a year into running. Ending 2010 with my first 1/2 this Sunday. I’m ready. I have a few races lined up for January and another 1/2 at the end of February. My goal is to continue to run 4 times a week with strength training twice a week. Winter should be interesting, this time last year I was strictly on a treadmill. Now I can’t stand the dreadmill.

  394. Darci Swain permalink
    December 2, 2010 12:21 pm

    Let’s see…2 young kids, baby it’s cold outside…who knows what my goal is. I guess I should maintain my 3 day/week Stroller Strides, run BY MY SELF every Saturday morning. But, instead of one time around the park (4 miles) make two laps! I can do it! I just know it!

  395. December 2, 2010 12:43 pm

    My goals for the month are to run 3x a week (even when I’m at home for Christmas) and go to CrossFit 3x a week. I am wrapping up my Precision Nutrition program in mid-January and I must stay strong for the final push!

  396. barbara permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:06 pm

    My humble little goal is to run 3x/week and do at least 2 strength/core workouts (probably short ones 😦 ) per week. Oh – and to NOT BUY a single item out of the snack machine at work for the entire month of December. It’s 12/2 and I’m holding on that one….2 days good, so far. πŸ™‚

  397. JillC permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:11 pm

    starting a half training plan this month!

  398. Mary permalink
    December 2, 2010 1:40 pm

    I’m working my way through a calf-strain…two weeks totally off running didn’t solve the problem. Biking and elliptical aggravate it. And swimming has to be modified to work too. Ugh. So, my ultimate goal is to get back to running this month. But to make it until then, I’m going to do three to four days of core, two swimming, and four days of low impact workout DVDs–woohoo!

  399. Calla permalink
    December 2, 2010 2:06 pm

    Maintain my running throughout the 12th of the month and then start my marathon training for Boston on the 13th! Hoping to get some runs outside but it’s difficult to do so with the MN winters and living in the country where roads are not plowed! 😦 It’ll be mostly treadmill running for me until April or so.

  400. December 2, 2010 4:09 pm

    My goal is a spring half… am working on P90x to try to get rid of the extra weight I’ve been putting on and having a hard time taking off…Another goal is just to keep running-these videos are not fun for a girl who just likes to run.

  401. December 2, 2010 4:45 pm

    My goal for December is to do a 12 days of fitness. Each day, I will do something active and each day it has to be different. Anything from running, to ice-skating, skiing, building a snowman, to an exercise video. I’m excited for it!

  402. Molly permalink
    December 2, 2010 5:31 pm

    My goal is to maintain. I don’t run a ton, but I’m best when I’m consistent: 2 weekday runs at 5:45 and a longish weekend morning run. Key for me is remembering that even if I’m tired, overscheduled, and even slightly hungover, I STILL feel better if I run!

  403. suzanne Boughton permalink
    December 2, 2010 6:07 pm

    My goals are to do crossfit 2x a week and to run 3 times a week. Basically to take some ME time in a very hectic lead up to the 25th and 31st! Breathe, smile and be present. and GEt out there!!!!

  404. December 2, 2010 6:09 pm

    My goal is NOT to put on my traditional “Holiday Ass” this year….by running, eating right all the way through and being kind to myself when I do indulge

  405. December 2, 2010 7:18 pm

    Wow, you all are impressive….
    I am shooting for 3 runs a week or 18k, which is big for me, but hopefully a step toward bigger and better things!

  406. Alice permalink
    December 2, 2010 7:44 pm

    My goal for December is to run an average of 2-3 5km runs a week. I’m currently 14 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby and have been ordered to reduce my speed but that won’t stop me running! I want to make sure I can still rock it when I have had the baby and want to get back out there in July or August!

  407. Nan permalink
    December 2, 2010 7:58 pm

    I am swearing off running for the month of December and devoting my time and my goal to my cross-training exercise: indoor rowing. I am committing to the Concept 2 challenge which is to row 200,000 metres between 26 November and 24 December. It makes a nice break from a running year that included a half-marathon, a 30 k road race and a marathon. Will be back to running, and new goals on December 26.


  408. Susan Price permalink
    December 2, 2010 10:01 pm

    I have set myself a goal of 1000 miles in 2011 so my goal for December is to maintain & increase my weekly mileage. In better weather I don’t have as much of a problem getting in 20 mile weeks but in the cold weather my mileage has been dropping. So back to 5 runs a week, 1 rest day, and 1 cross-training. Also if there is no snow or ice I need to get outside for runs on the weekend. Even if it is really cold, I enjoy outdoor runs more, I can do longer runs more easily outdoors and it will give my poor treadmill that is making increasingly scary, clunky “I’m going to break down” noises a break.

  409. Annette M permalink
    December 3, 2010 12:58 am

    OK, so on my run yesterday I was pondering what my goal would be… and I decided that since December is filled with so many things out of my control that I HAVE to do (and I’m already exhausted doing them) and since I struggle with the thought that I “have” to run (b/c someone will be asking me if I did, or b/c I ate a whole batch of pb chocolate chip cookies, or b/c it seemed like a reasonable goal last night) — that my goal would be to run b/c I want to. and when I want to. no law. no guilt. find the joy… isn’t that one of the themes of the season, Joy?… so that is my goal… and I’m feeling better already.

  410. Christine permalink
    December 3, 2010 6:25 pm

    Holidays can make me feel a bit stressed, but I don’t want to lose ground. My goal is to run at least 4 days each week and keep my weight the same or lower between Dec 1 and Dec 31. I know I can do it.

  411. mujeristamama permalink
    December 4, 2010 11:21 pm

    My goal is not a running goal, I’m on day 20 of a 30 day of yoga challenge so my goal is to complete that challenge. πŸ™‚

  412. Janelle permalink
    December 5, 2010 11:32 am

    My goal for December is continue getting up at 5:30 four days a week to workout. With only one week of school left for my daughter and darkness setting in more and more, its hard to get out of the snugly bed. For the week we are in Hawaii, my goal is to get up 5 days and do a sunrise run!
    Between cold, darkness, routines being off December is such a hard month! I just want to build a good base for my summer marathon! THanks for giving us a way to stay on track!

  413. December 5, 2010 3:59 pm

    My goals: Do hot yoga twice a week and run 20 miles a week. BOth of these goals will be a nice challenge, but I think I can make it work!

  414. December 5, 2010 5:53 pm

    My goals: strength train at least 3 days a week in an attempt to get back some up my upper body strength I lose devoting so much time to marathon training. However, I’m going to be nice to myself mentally as I work my way back to strong arms, NO MORE NEGATIVE THINKING. After all, I am a marthon finisher….

  415. Csaf permalink
    December 5, 2010 8:37 pm

    December goals:
    (1) Run 4x/week, averaging 15+ miles/week,
    (2) Get in at least one long run of 8 miles by Dec. 31, to stay on track with half marathon training plan (race day 3/26/11),
    (3) stretch, stretch, stretch!
    (4) NO MORE EXCUSES. Seriously. I amaze myself with what I come up with!!

  416. Cindy permalink
    December 6, 2010 11:57 am

    I have just found your blog…perfect timing for me! I am a (former) runner with 9 marathons under my belt, but that was before having 2 kids in 18months. I am getting back in the saddle this month, and start training for the Gasparilla half marathon Feb 27. “Official” training started today (with a cross training day!).

  417. Lee permalink
    December 6, 2010 3:08 pm

    My goal is to change up my runs. I read a great question and answer on the Runners World blog that made me realize I DO need to do long slower runs, and faster tempo runs as well as my regular runs if I ever want to improve my speed and/or distance. I’ve been doing the same thing for too long. I want to get better!

  418. Lori permalink
    December 7, 2010 7:50 pm

    My December goal is to run 3-4x a week (get in at least 1 10+ run a week) and to strength train 2-3x a week….so far so good…we’ll see what happens though when it gets closer to Christmas and all the family arrives at my house!

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