After taking two weeks off, I’m getting back into running again. My half marathon beat me up pretty bad so I wanted to be sure and allow myself plenty of time to rest and recuperate. I knew I’d “feel it” after not being able to train quite as I wanted, but I also came out with a pretty nasty blister, as well as a badly scraped up knee, which believe it or not, hurt more than anything else! For about a week, it was pretty raw, and kept rubbing up against my jeans anytime I’d crouch or move really. Thank goodness it’s finally healed up for the most part. (In case you’re like, what is she talking about – myself and a few other runners tripped over a pothole around mile 2 and went skidding across the concrete in a very dramatic fashion. I’m still pretty annoyed at race officials for the lack of warning. Thankfully I was wearing leggings which kept it from bleeding too bad.)
I’ve done two 5k’s this week, and so far feel GREAT! I was a little worried after taking the past two weeks of that it would feel like I was starting back at square one, but that wasn’t the case at all. I did 3.4 around our neighborhood Sunday afternoon and felt strong and *still* in shape! Woo! I’m not exactly fast, but our neighborhood is pretty hilly, so I’m going to partially blame the hills. More than anything, it just felt good to get back out there after putting in so much work the past few months establishing my running base. I’m realllllly hoping to not let it slip away, and am looking forward to figuring out a new running routine with my new job routine.
Last night, I squeezed in 5k #2. This run, I NEEDED in every sense of the word. After a long day of work, eating way too much the night before at Cheesecake Factory, and the kids giving me a run for my money, I told Adam that as soon as he finished up with work I was heading out for a run, no questions asked. I left him with soup-making instructions and couldn’t bust out of the front door fast enough!! It was nearly dusk when I left, so as I ran, and it got darker, more and more Christmas lights came on which meant I was pretty entertained the whole time. I turned on my favorite podcast as well, and thoroughly enjoyed 34 minutes of ME time, de-stressing and running off my anxiety. And. It. Was. Fabulous. Again, not very fast at all thanks to our hilly neighborhood, but I just felt so GOOD! It feels amazing to finally be at a place again where my base level of fitness is actually something significant, and running 3 miles is easy and enjoyable. I feel like I worked SO hard to get to this place. Coming back after babies is no joke, ya’ll.
So now that I’m done with half marathon training, I’ve been trying to determine what my next fitness goals are going to be. I really, really enjoyed getting back into distance running, and completing half marathon #8 was truly so satisfying for me. I’m strongly considering training for half marathon #9 in early March. Adam has already signed up for his second marathon, so I might enter myself into the half marathon option and make a weekend out of it. I also really miss my garage workouts! They were my favorite thing about working out in the summertime because they were so convenient and kept me feeling strong. While I was training for my half though, my garage workouts sort of took a backseat since I honestly only had time for one or the other. So, I’m trying to find a way to start incorporating them more as well, we’ll see. All in all, my biggest motivation right now is to maintain. Maintain a base level of running where a 5k distance is comfortable, but still leaves me feeling like I could push out more if I wanted to. I’m also happily BELOW my pre-Barrett pregnancy weight now, and shamelessly want to keep it that way, ha!
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Should I go for half marathon #9? What are your current fitness goals? Do you change your fitness routine as the weather changes?