Discipline Prevails

Posted: December 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

The holidays can be the most challenging part of your training. It is definitely difficult to find time for training when you’re visiting with family and friends that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s also extremely difficult to manage the temptation of the holiday cheers…in the form of food and drinks.

Although I have never tried alcohol I have certainly been tempted by Egg Nog. One could argue that is far more wicked! And who can resist the holiday treats; they are everywhere! Our neighbors brought over a container of fudge recently, which they do every year, and it has to be the best in the world. We have had it for 4 days and I haven’t had a piece yet so I’m winning the war so far. I could lose it very easily if I return from a run that I didn’t nutritionally prepare for and encounter low-blood sugar. My family could very easily be deprived of the remaining world’s best fudge!

You literally need the same discipline you have with your running in order to avoid over indulging. You simply have to be moderate in your holiday celebration. You can easily add several pounds to your running weight without being moderate and disciplined. The effects of your over indulgence may not be realized for several weeks.

So enjoy the holidays and all they provide…reconnecting with family and friends, incredible food and treats and take the time to reflect on how many blessings there are in your life.

But do it with moderation and the realization that we have a marathon to run in less than 4 months!

Happy Holidays

  1. Mark Duffield says:

    Rick, thanks for the reminder to practice moderation this holiday season. I was wondering if you had given any thought to having a sports nutritionist come in to speak to the group one Saturday? Someone like Nancy Clarke. She is local and very well known. Another example of having some of the worlds experts in our own back yard. Thanks again for your tireless efforts to get us to the finish line (in relative confort). Happy Holidays and see you on New Years Day! Mark (Jumpstart Team)

  2. Hello Mark,

    Thank you for your message! I have actually just extended an invitation to Nancy to speak to our group. She spoke to my Team In Training group several times during my tenure. I love her practical advice that any runner can begin applying to their training program immediately. I hope to hear from her soon.

    Thank you for all that you’re doing to make a significant difference in the world!

    Happy Holidays,


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