Running Wednesday – My First Run Back & It Didn’t Kill Me

So I survived my first run back in eightish months. I had to put it off until the evening. Which reminded me how much I really like running in the mornings. If I have all day to think about my run and how it will go I get anxious and try and talk myself out of it. Any other type of workout I can handle in the evening, running not so much.

Taking that first step for me was the hardest part. The whole how hard is this going to be was looming over my head. Lucky for me my Pandora station played killer music. It was really easy to get going. A lot easier than I remember coming back from my injury.

I found a 3 mile loop around my parents house. There was no chance I was doing and back, those are for when my mental toughness is there. The first 1.5 miles felt great, then I started to get really tired. To be honest, my upper back hurt more than my legs or lungs. Holding myself upright was tough. To get me through the last half of my run I started thinking about all the things I run for…

Besides cake I will also run for carbs, hugs, beer, and cookies. On a serious note I run for the alone time. Doing all my workouts at home is amazing but getting out to sweat by myself is the ultimate refresh.

Here’s the plan stan…I have two goals for the next few years. Well actually to keep it real, I want to accomplish these two things before we have another baby. Yes I said it, we aren’t done having kids, but we aren’t having anymore right now. Can you believe people have asked me when and if I’m having another one?! Back to running…

Goal ONE – run a sub two hour half marathon. This has been on my radar since I started this blog and I was on track before I got injured. I’m not going to do it right out of the bag but by this time next year I’m hoping to have a sweet new PR.

Goal TWO – run a marathon. I’m thinking once I complete goal one then I will completely focus on this. I signed up to run a marathon seven months after having Rylee. I was super naive to think that I could complete this given everything that was going on in our life. A couple months before race day I dropped down to a half and then I decided to not risk it and didn’t even show up to the start Iine.

In order for me to reach my half goal I need to shave 11 minutes off my best time and 30ish minutes off of post baby time. That’s a lot to chew given I’ve only completed one run. So to reduce the risk of injury and burnout I will be running a half in April to see where I am at “running fitness wise”. This gives me lots of grace period to figure out training with two littles, and running through the winter. If we’re being honest here I have yet to complete a real training cycle through the winter.

Because of my fair weather running I’ve put together three mini plans. All my plans are hybrids including workouts from different Beachbody programs. Right now I am training to created a solid base and to complete a 10K on Thanksgiving. I started Master’s Hammer and Chisel (focusing on the chisel side) on Beachbody and that program runs for four weeks.

My weekly workouts look like this:

Monday – Chisel workout. I decided not to run on Mondays to keep the pressure off. We spend Sundays at my in-laws and sometimes we get home late. If I end up running before MMR goes to work I didn’t want extra pressure to wake up extra early, or feel pressure to skip something else to get a run in. Don’t worry, I never miss a Monday so there is still a hard workout.

Tuesday – Chisel workout & easy run. I’ll let you know how I feel tomorrow morning. Some days have an easier chisel workout and some days like today they are hard. I spend Tuesdays at my parents since Rylee has ballet right down the road from them. So I will do my chisel workout in the morning before ballet and run in the afternoon during Rylee’s nap. Eventually I may take either child and make this my stroller run. We’ll see how it goes.

Wednesday – Speed/tempo/running workout. Like I said, I’ll see how this goes. I wanted tired legs for my workout day, but not too tired that I couldn’t finish my workout. To me, these track sessions or tempo runs are more important to me than a chisel workout. Every other week I will alternate between a track session and a tempo run. Am I weird that I prefer the track workout over the tempo?

Thursday – Chisel workout & easy run. This will be the same as Tuesday and hopefully I won’t be even more sore after Wednesday’s workout. I will give it a couple weeks to see how I feel. If I am really sore come Thursdays I will cut this workout as a rest day so I am ready for the weekend workouts.

Friday – Easy run. These runs start at 3 miles and then end at 5 which is why I am contemplating an extra rest day on Thursdays. Again, making my legs nice and tired before another workout.

Saturday – Long run. I consider the long run a workout even though the pace is significantly slower, or at least slower for me now. My long run this Saturday is 5 miles. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it. We start at 5 and end at 7 which is perfect for the next phase of training.

Sunday – Rest days. Glorious rest days.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only seven weeks away?! Bring on all the Holidays. Since Chisel is only four weeks long I will wrap up the final three weeks of this plan with 21 Day Fix Extreme. I find 21 DFX to be really hard cardio wise so this will be perfect as an extra boost towards the end of the cycle.

On the agenda for today: 5×400’s with 400 recoveries. Wish me luck…I woke up this morning feeling stiff so fingers crossed this doesn’t make me super sore.

Four Week Postpartum Check-in

This past week has been an absolute hot mess. The true definition of parenting fails…or maybe I was winning the whole time and just didn’t know it? As each week passes we get more and more comfortable in our new routine but at the same time we get more and more uncomfortable with our new routine. I’ve had so much support this week I actually broke down and cried because I was so thankful. It’s amazing what a good support system can do for you. Just remember you are never alone on the island you think you are!

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