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The Unelite Athlete

Maintain the frame!

It’s a hard time of year to train. I know from experience that trying to stick to training over the Christmas fortnight can fall to bits so quickly and, in turn, leave your kick start to the New Year stuck in first gear!

I normally look to keeping where I am currently and concentrating on that. We know it’s hard when you’re working towards a goal but, fling in that extra beer, or those 2 last mince pies in the packet, it leaves your goals far from reach.

This can, and will, sabotage your training in a way that will leave you feeling sorry for yourself. So stick to maintaining what you have just now. You need to enjoy this part of the year rather than forcing yourself to the misery of calorie counting your Christmas dinner.

I’m not telling you to go mad and eat all the food, that’s silly advice, you have to be sensible enough to know when to say when. Just don’t segregate yourself by sticking to an exact diet.

Let’s say your going into the New Year where you want to eat better, or exercise more. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself and then come January, tell yourself enough is enough, it’s time to work.

I still run and do some cross training on the bike but, I don’t go out running big weeks because I just don’t want to go into the New Year burnt out. I want to keep the confidence I have knowing that my level of fitness won’t improve but, I’m avoiding letting it decline. It also helps me reflect on next year’s targets and dream about where it will take me.

So spend time with your family and friends, skip the occasional run, eat that turkey dinner. And most of all, have a Merry Christmas.

Catch up with you in the New Year!

Calum

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