Staying Home For The Holidays + Race To Candy Cane Lane Workout

Good Morning! It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just days away. While you might have a chill in the air or even snow on the ground, Charleston is feeling more like late spring.


Sure we’re known for our mild winters, but with temperatures reaching 80-degrees yesterday, this is not normal. It fact, it’s a record high where the previous was set all the way back over 25 years ago.

It’s crazy and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed.

A white Christmas sounds magical! Originally, we were all set to spend the holiday with my in-laws in Philly. I was almost guaranteed my first white Christmas! But due to a medical emergency (everyone is okay), the trip was cancelled and we will be spending the holidays here in Charleston with my family.

One little girl happy about us staying…


It’s bittersweet of course. We don’t see Dan’s family nearly enough but I am also excited to see my niece when wakes up to Santa.

Plus, Dan and I REALLY needed a vacation. When you’re a couple that works together, lives together, eats together, works out together, and does more work together… trips away are essential. It’s easy to push the “us” part aside and concentrate too much on the work side of life. So we make it a point to take time to put the focus back on us as a couple.

To help get our mind off business and onto each other, we’ve planned a downtown mini vacation right here in Charleston. I’m excited! Thanks LivingSocial for helping us to find a last minute deal!

Posts might be a bit more sporadic this week due the holidays and because I plan to soak up every minute of my husband and family as possible. I’m sure you understand and you’re likely making the same a priority.

But make sure to check in because I do have some fun posts I plan on getting up still!

Okay, so now that that’s off my chest let’s talk exercise.

Yesterday, I held an open boot camp as a pre-holiday sweat before everyone headed out of town or to their next holiday party.

See what you can accomplish!

Running To Candy Cane Lane Workout

All you need is a box or two of candy canes that are placed about 60 yards away, and a timer.


  • Part 1: You’ll set the timer for 10 minutes and complete as many rounds of the 1st circuit as possible. Each time you finish a round, run and grab a candy cane. See how many you can collect by the end of the 10 minutes.
  • Part 2: Take a 2 minute rest and repeat with the second circuit. Same idea, 10 minutes on with the sprint to Candy Cane Lane.
  • Part 3: For the final round, just have the timer set to 5 minutes, you’ll do a 30 second plank before jumping up and running to the candy canes. Before grabbing one, do 10 squats and 10 sit-ups. Grab your candy cane and run back to repeat.
  • Part 4: Count up your candy canes and enjoy one with a cup of hot coco! Well, after you’ve showered and cooled down.

Exercise help? 

All of the following are gifs to help you understand the entire movement of the exercise.




Squat Jacks


Lunge walks

This workout would be a lot of fun with the kids or your family members visiting. We had a blast racing through to see how could come out the Candy Cane Queen! At the end I was dripping with sweat and I LOVED it!

–> Are you traveling over the next week? <– 


  • We are travelling up to Hartsville for Christmas to see Clay’s family and then to see his grandparents so yeah, definitely lots of travel going on. I’m glad you guys are managing to do a vacation even though the PA trip didn’t work out (maybe a good thing you didn’t register for a race there). Living Social rocks with deals for restaurants, but I never thought about using it for a hotel downtown for a stay-cation or something. Cool idea!

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas :).

    • Be safe traveling! Yes, it is a good thing I didn’t register, but I would have had to drop out anyways, still can’t walk completely normal much less run on this stupid foot. But it’s getting better.

      Have a wonderful time visiting the family! Merry Christmas.

  • Sorry you guys aren’t getting away 🙁 Maybe you can make this week a true staycation and do things in the area you don’t normally do?? Have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Yes, we’re planning some fun stuff now!

  • Kim

    Workout looks awesome!!!
    Sorry that you had to change your plans at the last but glad it’s all going to work out.
    We got ice then snow yesterday – it will be here awhile since the temps are in the low 20s and tomorrow just the teens – I would be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of your 79 degrees!!!
    Enjoy your little mini get-away!!!

    • Oh my goodness! Be safe! I hate ice storms. When I was in college, we would get them each year. The worst!

  • you know i can relate to this so much! needing a vacation from work, oh my yes. I say we all escape to an island for some R&R after christmas, k?

    • Mmmm K! Don’t have to twist my arm! I’ll get the margaritas ready, you get the guacamole and the boys can be in charge of looking cute in their board shorts! Ahh vacation.

  • Lyn

    If it makes you feel better, you’re not missing a white Christmas in PA! I live an hour outside of Philly and we had freaky-warm temps today too (mid 60’s) and all of our snow melted.

    Enjoy your non-work time with your hubby!

    • haha, that does make me feel a bit better! Though we were suppose to go to some ski resort up there for a day (I forgot the name). But yes, I’m a bit relieved!

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