Running Hopes for the Holidays


Meg has written 31 posts on Salty Running.

I'm a married, step-mother, the 4th of 5 kids. I'm livin' the dream as a manager in retail, putting that English degree to great use. Oh, and I'm sarcastic.


New days ahead (Photo credit: ihave3kids)

A new month is here and it’s time to get back to a workout routine!  After my surgery, the superglue has peeled off and stitches have dissolved.  My bellybutton still feels weird, but I plan to start out slow.  Black Friday deals allowed us to get a treadmill, so if the winter ever kicks in to the worst CO has to offer, I’m prepared!  And my work schedule is crazy during the holidays, so some days it may turn-out to be the best option to get a run in.

I’m excited, but I’m not going to lie. The idea of getting back in the running shoes has me filled with mixed feelings.

A blueberry muffin in a paper muffin cup.

Yeah, the muffin works the top better than I do. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a happy side to this of course, I just feel blah physically–and mentally, which is a whole other mess.  I caught a glimpse of myself in a store window and it was not a good look.  Oi, muffin tops belong in a bakery case, not coming out of my jeans.  YIKES!  On the mental side, there’s the slippery slope into the depression abyss.  I can tell my brain is just not working right.  A “meh” day turns into a black hole quickly.  I’m hoping this all means a happier Nutmeg will come out of her shell after the first couple of days back.

I get myself worked up about working out.  The “OMG! THIS GOING TO BE HARD!” side of my brain starts going.  I start to think about how much time I’ve lost.  The amount of time it will take me to get back to where I was and then move beyond that has me concerned.  Sometimes, I feel like I could just take off and be right were I left off.  Other times, it seems like just a walk would be too much for me to handle.

I REALLY am trying to focus on the positive portion of the mix.  The benefits of running are not lost on me, not at all!  All those months of the beginner program taught me a lot about what running can do for my emotional well-being, and with the Holidays coming and the nightmare of working retail this time of year, I can use all the help I can get.  It will make for much Happier Holidays for me and mine.

With my holiday playlists loaded to my iPhone, I plan to have a hollier, jollier time with my runs.  My amazingly, supportive husband is talking about trimming the treadmill with some garland to help me get the holiday running spirit.  Also, the location of the treadmill in our family room allows me to view the tree on the other side of the room.  With all this, how could I possibly avoid having a good time?  The only thing I can think of to make it better would be to get a pair of the lovely holiday themed socks from the gift guide!

I will be able to see my favorite ornament from the treadmill! That’s my husband in an ornament he made when he was a kid—Cute, don’t ya think?


Have you ever had to make a comeback? Did it give you mixed feelings? Were you nervous?

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  1. Vanilla says:

    Glad to hear you are getting better! Best wishes on a speedy recovery and quick, safe comeback! Happy holidays!

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