Hey, anyone else remember when this used to mostly be a running blog?
Yeah, me neither.
Anyways, someday (another 6-10 weeks) I will have this baby. And after my 6 week recovery, I will be allowed to exercise again. This is both exciting and terrifying (I haven’t run since August 31). It’s basically like a blank slate. A really rough and scratchy blank slate that is going to need some serious sanding down.
Anyways, I’m pretty goal oriented when it comes to fitness. I need concrete milestones to feel like I’m making progress. Also, I’m incredibly strict about following a training plan (which is hilarious because I slack everywhere else, but skipping a scheduled run makes my brain explode). Anyways, goal setting.
Looking at the calendar, a mid-September 5K is a pretty safe bet. I have a 12 week 5K plan that I’ve used successfully, so I’m giving myself a pretty decent margin since I could theoretically still have this baby as late as 41 weeks (unlikely, but plan for the…I’m not sure if that’s the worst or the best, honestly). Anyways, I think my goal race will be the Oktoberfest Miler Vier on 9/28. That gives me until mid-September to hit 5K shape and then 2 weeks to be up to another 0.9miles. My memory is that once you get to 2, it’s easy to go up pretty fast.
I totally picked this race for the finisher’s medal and giant cream puff at the end. Don’t judge me. Also, my four mile times are so abysmal that this will probably still be a PR. Ouch.
Moving on, the Cap City Half Marathon is every May in this city, so I want to tackle that beast again in 2013. It’s two days after my due date this year, so I’m thinking that’s out, but that race and I have some unfinished business. Namely, I want to run it without ending up in the medical tent for 45 minutes. Small goals here, people.
Training for that with MIT will start in mid-December, I think, so I can spend October and November working on getting my speed back up. I will not be running a bunch of small races again because, well, they get awfully expensive and our budget for stuff like that is kind of non-existent with all the new expenses. Also, I’m not quite sure how a bunch of races would work with exclusively breast feeding. I’m guessing it would be annoying.
So that is the plan. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for strength training yet because New Rules of Lifting for Women appears to require a certain amount of gym equipment and I don’t think I can afford a gym membership right now. Suggestions? I have free weights, resistance bands, a fitness ball, etc. Oh, and someone gave us the 10 Minute workout DVDs from the p90x people. My husband says they are effing hard, so maybe that’ll do until we get a better feel for our budget and gyms in our area.
Oh yeah, and I pinky promise to use my foam roller faithfully. I friggin’ hate that thing, but it works.