Well, the thanksgiving holidays are over, and i feel recuperated from my burnout which is great.
However, it's l;ready december, and i have a race in mid-january already! 6 weeks, basically, until i have a stiarcase in front of me and a clock ticking. I don't know what it's realistic for me to accomplish in that time, so i'm just going to focus on my long-term goals. I'd much rather make steady improvements to my overall fitness as opposed to quickly peaking for a race, the mistake i made before.
So, with that in mind, i'm going to consciously not peak for the two upcoming races, but focus on overall improvement in these areas:
Weight: always a concern, my weight was nice and low for sears, but has climbed more than i would have thought possible. In the long run, ever pound i can scrub off is a huge benefit. I can't let the fact i seemingly put on 4 pound in 3 weeks where i was eating carefully concern me.
Strength: i definitely needed more overall strength. I was "saving" myself for my constant interval workouts, which was dumb. I'll do more strength-building workouts, long workouts on real stairs, sculpt yoga, and even some gym leg and rowing workouts.
Cardio base: long runs, tempo runs, workouts in the cold. A great way to help with goal #1, reducing weight.