Training for what exactly? For a comeback in 2014? For a healthy, active pregnancy? To justify my raging sweet tooth? It changes each day but it’s definitely motivating me to get my butt out of bed each morning.
I alluded to 2014 plans a few weeks ago and many of you asked for specifics. My due date (1/1/14) is the perfect time for “comeback” training. I figure January and February will be spent on the treadmill walking/running and trying to acclimate to life with a newborn. Then, as the weather gets nicer, I can get back to running outside. My goal is to focus on getting my endurance back first and foremost and, with that, my speed will creep back eventually. I would love to BQ again but I’m being realistic. So I have my eyes on a 50-miler (JFK?) and maybe a marathon as training run. I have no idea what my fitness level will be like postpartum so I’m just going to roll with it and see where it takes me.
Now back to the present. Running is still going fairly well, although the non-stop humidity has been frustrating. I’m averaging 30-35 miles per week with long runs of 8-10 miles. I can’t really go any further without significant help from the treadmill, which I despise in the summer time (even though it’s in my basement). I can’t wait for a break in the humidity to put some decent miles in…although by the time that happens I’ll be pretty rotund!
Speaking of rotund…
I noticed a big difference in my stomach over the past few weeks and now I can see why. I also think my butt is getting larger? Or does everything just feel tighter in that region because my stomach takes up so much space in the front? Either way it’s bizarre to see your body undergo such rapid changes that you cannot control. Note: these pictures are taken pre-run on Sunday mornings…hence the perpetual half-asleep look.
Advice for postpartum comebacks? Other than slow and steady wins the race?
Any 50-miler options? JFK is at the top of my list but I’m terribly afraid of heights and, after reading the course description, I’m terrified.