The kid is napping, I finished my Sunday chores, so I am going to try to push out a blog post! It’s early February, and I will say that the last month has been tough on me for running. With the holidays and the year end of 2018, I was getting my daily runs in for the December Holiday Run Streak that our local store puts on. But other than that, my physical activity was going downhill. Work has been tough, and managing work with being parents and wanting to still do the same level of running and training I did before Andy is even tougher. And it’s not even the ‘before Andy’ that is the most challenging. It’s the now being a working parent. Maternity Leave was a godsend and I was probably close to the best shape of my life by mid July and August of last year. I ran my best 5km ever, was feeling strong AF and also felt like a pretty bad ass mom.
Now, I just feel like a mom trying to swim upstream.
I am still doing the Runstreak, and have been running at least a mile a day every day since December 1st. My first 2019 goal is to continue the RunStreak for one whole year. It’s not a mileage goal, or a race time goal, but it gives me something to focus on every day and it something that I know can be attainable even when I am feeling overloaded with work and everything else.
As 2019 creeped into existence, I knew I needed to get back in control of my diet and exercise. It wasn’t awful, but in the last months of 2018 I started buying chips and salsa again for at home. And I was drinking more beer than my ‘lack of running’ body should be consuming. The husband and I both went in for body composition appointments at Kinetic at the beginning of January. My weight was actually better than I expected. But, weight is a funny thing. It’s a number to not take too much to heart. I weighed in at 135 lbs. The measurements for the body composition though, however, were frustrating (but expected). I didn’t completely fall of the wagon, but comparing the results to what I had back in June at the end of the Mommy “Time 4 Me” challenge was frustrating. My body fat percentage had gone up and my measurements had increased in total inches.
This was all expected because I 1.) Wasn’t running as quality of workouts 2.) It’s winter and not race season so I wasn’t in the training mode for anything in particular 3.) I am not able to go to boot camp anymore (damnit, I wish I was still on mat leave!) 4.) our diet had started to creep back into the higher carb amounts.
Husband and I have decided to tweak our eating habits, using the tools I learned during the Time 4 Me challenge. Lower carb, higher protein. We’ve also greatly cut the beer intake, and have generally switched to red wine (except I am drinking a beer as I type this……). I’m not making myself go crazy with this, but we are going to do another body composition early March to see what has happened in two months with some small changes.
The bigger thing is that I have my second goal of getting back into racing shape and loving to run. I contacted Dean Johnson, who did my race training plan for Vancouver in 2015, and asked him is he’d make a plan for me for this year leading up to my big race in September (more on that later). If someone makes me a plan to follow, I automatically make it work in my day. It was also key that I gave him which days work best for me to fit in quality workouts (Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and then have the other days as just my minimum mileage for my runstreak. I started this Thursday with his set workouts and even though the cold and snowy weather is absolute shit, I have to say I’m already feeling better about myself and the race season ahead.
I know I can’t necessarily have crazy time goals for my races this year, but I need to have some goal. If I just register for random local races but don’t have a new big race or plan in sight, I’ll get into a rut. My 2019 race schedule is shaping up to look like this:
-Moonlight Run 10KM in March
-Some local 5km races (possibly with Andy in the stroller) in April and May
-Red Deer Half in May (goal of sub 1:37, depending on how training goes!)
-Lots of trails in June (Coulee Cactus as a relay, Lone Wolf in Fernie as a relay with the husband)
-Haida Gwaii Full Marathon in July (would like to run at least faster than Berlin, with the dreamy goal of sub 3:30…but its a very small race and it’ll be mentally challenging for me).
-Lost Soul Ultra 50km in September (My first trail ultra….more on that in a much later post)
-Police Half Marathon in October (would like to beat my time from this years’ race which was 1:37.39)
-New York Marathon in November (run with the husband and just generally have a blast)
How the next two months go will determine how those 5km’s and Red Deer half goes. Will I be competitive with the field, or even with my own times? I’m sure as hell going to try. When June rolls around and I start playing with trail races, I have the hope that this ignites a new fire in me. I am really looking forward to July and August, as I will have off of work and Andy will still have daycare Monday-Friday. I can use those days to follow a trail training plan in preparation for Lost Soul. As that approaches, a reasonable goal for the race will be determined. Or maybe not so reasonable. I have one in my mind, but it may be a bit lofty.
Anyway, with second semester in full swing and a new training plan to follow, I have high hopes for the coming months of running. And bonus—kid is still napping!