Posted by: runwithgarrison | December 23, 2012

Training Summary for week ending Dec 23, 2012


This week I am finally starting to feel recovered from the illness that knocked me out for a bit. I also finally made it back to my amazing massage therapist Barbara for an awesome 2 hour massage (I need to make sure I keep up with these every 3 weeks). The week consisted of 5 runs for a total of 36 miles. My long run for the week was 11 miles and I only need 48 miles to hit 2500 miles for the year. I think I can manage that over the next 8 days.

Right now I am just focused on relaxing while I am running and I am not very concerned about my pace during the runs. I will likely run the Bosetti 10k on New Years Day to see where my legs are so far. Then on the night of the 5th, I am going to run a 12 hour ultra here on Oahu and I am very excited to see how that goes. I know my fitness is not great, but I am hoping to use the lessons I have learned racing 100 miles and 100k to have a successful run.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate Sweet P. She is starting to run and today knocked out her longest run ever–7 miles and she felt great! I am super proud of her and we will likely keep you up to date on her training in 2013 as well.

Something new that we would like to start on the site….I think it would be great for people to post their weekly training or thoughts in the comment section of these weekly updates. I have individual conversations with many people who read the site and I think we could all benefit from the added accountability of posting a little bit about our training. You guys all inspire me to try to be at my best and I think we could all help each other as we chase our fitness goals in 2013. Please let me know what you think. No goal is too big or too small. I don’t think it matters if you are training for your first 5k or your 25th Ultra. We are all on the same team.

Have a safe and happy Holiday
Mele Kalikimaka

Michael & Sweet P



  1. I’ll jump in. After discussing with Mike my situation with weak/damaged ankles (too many rolled ankles during those years of playing Ultimate and not properly rehabbing them), we decided I should proceed with 1) a program using a balance board and Therabands to improve stability in my ankles. 2) P90X workouts and diet plan for weight loss and general fitness 3) run every other day.

    I’ll begin the program this weekend. But I’m going to have to get tough on myself to get out the door for the runs. (highs here have been below 30 and look to be about that for a while. It is Winter in KC, ya know). I’ll be doing a self designed hybrid of the main P90X program and the aerobic track. These 90 day are essentially a git fit enough to train come Spring time. It’s going to be a take it one day at a time grind.

    If all goes well, I’ll loose some weight. I’m currently at 175#-180# and would like to cut that down to 165# by the end of March. More critically, I hope the ankle work will be a success. I’ve tried to get back into running several times over the past 15 years, but my ankles have caused major tightness issues with my calf muscles. If I tried to push through it, achilles tendonitis would develop. To get through this initial running, I’ll be wearing lace up figure-8 strap ankle braces, that is if they work. If they don’t, I guess I’ll be buying a road bike.

    So that’s my plan for Q1 of 2013.

    Happy New Year!

    • Thanks Cuz for jumping in on the thread. I think you are on the right track with the workouts and I am super excited to follow along on your journey. Consistency will be the key to your success.
      As you know, I believe it takes 2 years of healthy, consistent, well-planned training before we see major breakthroughs. Q1 of 2013 will be a great start for you!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: