Let’s talk about running…
Did you hear the buzz in the running world this weekend? Don’t worry. I didn’t either until I read Beth’s blog, Shut up and Run. A new marathon record was set! 2:03:38 for a FULL MARATHON. 26.2 Miles. 26.2 miles in nearly 2 freaking hours! That is a pace of 4:43 min/miles. That is nothing short of amazing! I’ve never even run a half marathon that fast (although mark my words, I will! I’ve got high hopes for post-pregnancy running!).
Back to my reality………
I haven’t run since my accidental 7 mile run 9 days ago. In the real world, 9 days without running isn’t a big deal. In my world, 9 days without running feels like an eternity. Minus my 12 week break this past spring, I’ve been training for a race for the past 2 years. Since the Rock n Roll half, I am for the first time in my adult (consistent) running life running (or not running) without a training plan.
I love how my pregnant body held on to running so I could cross the finish line at my half marathon. Although my body had a huge part in my running those 13.1 miles, I think I have forgotten to give my mind some credit. My body could still be running 13.1 miles. It’s my brain that has turned off. It’s no surprise to me that running has become harder since the race. I’m not running for a goal anymore. I can justify 9 days of not running because I’m not training. While I’m not suggesting that everyone plans a 13 mile run during pregnancy, I think setting that goal is what made me stay strong and active (plus some luck and a very easy pregnancy).
Let me be honest for 2 minutes: If I don’t have a plan written down on paper, I become quite lazy. When I become lazy, I become incredibly irritable. When I become incredibly irritable, I become mean. Do I need to continue? It’s a vicious cycle, and I can get stuck in it.
I know I said I was going to embrace the idea of not having a training plan for the rest of my pregnancy. I’m taking it back. I need a training plan to keep me mentally healthy. Don’t believe me? Ask my husband. He is the one who has to suffer through my bi-polar pregnant moments (Am I allowed to blame them on pregnancy?). In order to keep myself happy (and my family), I’ve created a new training plan to carry me through Weeks 27 – 32 of my pregnancy.
Here is my newly created “Keep Mama Sane” Training Plan:
|Sept 26th||Run||Run||Yoga||5+ miles|
|Oct 3rd||Run||Run||Yoga||5+ miles|
|Oct 10th||Run||Run||Yoga||Race for the Cure 5k|
|Oct 17th||Run||Run||Yoga||5+ miles|
|Oct 24th||Run||Run||Yoga||Wicked 10k|
I’m keeping the plan simple.
Run – Mondays and Tuesdays (2-3 miles)
Yoga – Class on Thursdays (plus video at home any day of the week)
Long Runs – Weekend (5+ miles)
This will keep me moving up until the Wicked 10k at the end of the month. I will reevaluate my physical abilities at the end of October when I’m 32 weeks pregnant!
I think I can hear Christian sighing with relief already. I’m a much more enjoyable person when I’m running!
Have you checked out my updated “Running” tab? I’d love some imput on post-baby running and some marathon ideas. What is your “must-run” marathon?