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Thank You Daily Mile Secret Santa {2012 Van Island Runners for Cancer Calendar Giveaway}

Ahhhhhh….. Don’t you love the holidays? Cookies, cakes, chocolates, treats…. Everywhere!

I gotta admit that I’m struggling to stay on track, to fit my workouts in and to say no to all of the wonderful & delightful food. This time of the year is hard for me – I LOVE SUGAR! So this week I’ve put my focus on the positive – on what I can accomplish, and on doing my workouts.

Monday I did a 45min Nike Training Club iPhone app workout, followed by 20min on the dreadmill, Tuesday was a 5k run, and yesterday I only had a short period of time to workout so I did a 30 min Nike Training Club iPhone app workout. This week has been far better than last.

Oh! I almost forgot why I was writing this post! (Can you tell I’m tired?). On Tuesday, when I got home from work I found an awesome gift for me from my Daily Mile Secret Santa, @runnerskye. She sent me an awesome Van Island Runners for Cancer Calendar! The calendar was produced under the direction of Skye herself!

Van Island Runners for Cancer  is a 2012 calendar featuring local runners at various locations around Vancouver Island. The goal is to feature real runners of all abilities, from those relatively new to the sport to elite athletes, to show that running is an all-inclusive sport. It doesn’t matter how much you run or how Ã…”athletic  you look; if you put on your shoes and head out the door, you’re a runner.

I love my new calendar! When I got to work yesterday I hung it up right next to my Chilly Half Marathon training plan:

Yanno, I love my calendar so much that I’m going to give one away to one of you!

Want to enter? Leave me a comment below answering this question:

How do you stay on track during the holidays, or if you aren’t, how do you plan on getting back on track in the new year?

Winner will be announced December 22, 2011


FTC Disclaimer – the calendar was received as a gift.


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  • Emma
    December 15, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I like calendars!

    I stay on track by deliberately not staying on track? My plan is to make sure I get in every scheduled run (which will actually be easier with everyone on vacation after Christmas – no having to squeeze in workouts on my lunch hour!), but as far as food, I eat what I like!

    I do try and keep the treats to stuff I really love, though. No gorging on crappy sugar cookies just because they are there when I don’t really even like them that much. But homemade caramels and lemon bars? I’m going to eat them until I get sick of them!

    I do try and keep the non-holiday meals super healthy to counteract to some extent the big calorie laden ones. But I’m not going to count calories at Christmas dinner; instead, I’m going to enjoy it, and make sure I get in that 14k that’s on the schedule for Christmas Day! Fortunately we don’t have to do much travel so there should be plenty of time.

  • sirrated
    December 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I ‘try’ to stay on track by entering as many running events as I can. An upcoming race always inspires (or scares) me to workout.

    Staying on track with a healthy diet is much harder! Like you said, too many treats around, not to mention all the special events that include delicious food. About the only thing that seems to work for me is staying really well hydrated. Drinking recommended amounts of water is very healthy, and is a great appetite suppressant!

  • Roslynn McLain
    December 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Menu plan! If I have a plan written down on our family calendar it is easy to stick to it. I have four kids and a disabled mother in-law to feed. Over break-time, three meals a day for that many people is a must. I allow treats, but I make sure I have drank my 64 oz of water before I indulge.

  • Rachel
    December 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I try to stay on track during the holidays by following (and creating) a plan. 🙂


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