Training Run: 23 miles cut down to 17

This past weekend I was initially scheduled to run 26 miles for my last long run.  However, due to missing my 23 mile run after thanksgiving, I decided to cut it down to 23 miles instead.  This 23 mile run should have been enough to push me through the finish come marathon day (many training plans don’t take you to the full distance).  I had already hit the 20 mile mark on November 10th and felt like I had more life in me, so 23 miles shouldn’t have been too much of a jump for me.

What I didn’t account for was the toothache from hell.  On Friday (after 3 days of pain), I finally made the decision to get to the dentist. It turns out that a tooth I had broken 8 years ago (and had fixed) was not in good shape.  I will be needing a root canal and crown, but it’s not scheduled until this coming Thursday–Merry Christmas to me!  Anyhow, long story short, I was forced to try my best to complete a 23 mile run while hopped up on pain pills and antibiotics.

The weather was a perfect 55 degrees (in December, in CNY!), a runner’s dream!  Despite the beautiful weather, I was hesitant to lace up my running shoes.  I had spent a good part of the night before vomiting (due to my drug cocktail) and I wasn’t feeling 100%.  BUT, I sucked it up, this was my last long run and I was going to try my best to complete it, I had to.

I was careful to pace myself and take it easy and with every 5 miles I gained a sense of owning the run.  I truly felt like I had it in the bag and that I would be able to finish the planned 23 miles and maybe more.  I felt this way until mile 16–at that point the pain meds and antibiotics were kicking my ass.  A sense of nausea and light-headedness began to creep in.  I managed to press on for another mile before I made the decision to call my husband.  Once I began to feel faint I knew it would have been stupid to continue on.

I felt so defeated, but accomplished at the same time.  I was proud of myself for attempting a 23 mile run in the miserable state that I was in.  I only missed the mark by 6 miles and I know my body would have carried me through if it hadn’t been for the medications.  I am hopeful that this will be enough to carry me over the finish line.  I know my body and mind are ready, but I can’t help but be nervous.  What if I didn’t train enough?

I have faith that I can do it, but only time will tell.

“Avoid The Resolution Rush” Jumpstart: FREE 2-Week Challenge

Avoid The Resolution Rush Fitness Challenge


Time Line:  14-Day Challenge Begins December 15, 2013 (Full 30-day Challenge start date extended to January 5th, 2014)

Weekly Challenge Calendars (click to enlarge):

***Disclaimer:  Please follow this challenge at your own risk–if you are unsure of how to use proper form follow the apps instructions/demos for the workout.

“Week 1 Challenge” “Week 2 Challenge”

General Commitment Requirements (for full challenge): 

1.     Go to and add me as your free coach by signing up for the free membership (please make sure you have selected the free membership option).  If you already have a Beachbody Account and want to switch coaches please e-mail and ask to have me added as your new coach–>Coach Name:  Sarah Griffin (SarahGLoses) Coach ID: 312195

2.     If you do not yet own a Beachbody Program, please use the above link to go through to my shop and purchase a program for the challenge.   For the best deal you should consider purchasing the challenge pack associated with the program of interest (you will get a month supply Shakeology with your program along with other bonuses).

3.     You must be committed to following the scheduled Beachbody workouts throughout the course of the challenge (there will be a reminder calendar posted).  You must also be committed to following the nutrition plan associated with your program (or another comparable nutrition plan).  It will help to track your foods using MyFitnessPal and it is recommended that you sign-up for a free account and add me, SarahGLoses as your friend.

4.     Follow Sarah Griff-Fit on Facebook and join the Facebook Challenge Group (Avoid The Resolution Rush-December Challenge).

5.     Please take a moment to fill out the linked form (this will help me assess your goals and current level of fitness to pick a program that works for you).

6.     Before/During/After Photos and Stats:  You will be required to share your progress photos throughout the course of the challenge.  If you are hesitant of sharing this through IG or FB that is ok—you can email them to me directly.  **Note:  sharing through these outlets is a way to keep you accountable and keep you motivated.  If you would like anonymity, but want to share we can block out your face and I can share on your behalf.

7.     Group participation:  You should participate in the FB group by sharing details of your daily workouts and weekly progress.  You can also share recipes, meals, and your struggles and wins.

(If you are posting to IG please hashtag your daily photos with #sarah_griff_fit #avoidtheresolutionrush #decemberchallenge)

8.     Weekly Challenge Assignments:  Each week I will post an assignment for you to complete.  It could be anything from drinking more water to finding a workout buddy within the group.  Be sure to check pinned posts for details.


1.     What if I can’t afford the challenge pack for the program I am interested in?

a.     There are many other affordable Beachbody programs available (as low as $40) and you will be allowed to join this challenge with the purchase of ANY program (so long as you fully commit to following it each day).

2.     Do I need to use a Beachbody Program to commit to the challenge?

a.     For this challenge you will need to follow one of the Beachbody programs (i.e. Turbofire, P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity T25, etc). —-OR—- If you chose not to follow one of these fitness programs you can still participate if you sign-up for a monthly supply of Shakeology HD while performing your own fitness routine.

3.     What will my workout program be if I chose not to do a Beachbody program.

a.     This is fully up to you!!  You just need to commit to putting in a 30-60 minute workout every day where a workout is required (and drink your Shakeology).  If you need help figuring out a routine let me know and we can think of something.

4.     What Beachbody Program is right for me?

a.     If you have questions regarding which program to choose please contact me directly and we will work on finding something that is suitable to your goals and current fitness level.

5.     Is there a way I can save on the Beachbody Programs? Shakeology?

a.     YES!  When you purchase a challenge pack you can sign-up as a coach and have your coaching fee waived.  Coaches receive a 25% discount on future purchases of the all programs and Shakeology HD orders.

b.     If you purchase the P90X3 challenge pack before the end of December you can buy it at the intro price of $180 (includes free hat and workout)


1.     All participants (that purchase a new Beachbody program and complete the challenge) will receive a free “This Beauty Trains Like A Beast” workout tank.

2.     The top 3 participants (based on over results and level of participation) will receive gifts that are TBD.

Again, thank you so much for your interest in making a change in yourself for life.  I look forward to having you in our challenge group and have faith that with my help you can achieve your weight loss goals.


Sarah (sarah_griff_fit)