So on Monday, the plan was to swim 300 yards and run 2.5 miles. My alarm went off at the normal time, and I snoozed it like usual, and laid back to wake up a bit before getting out of bed. I was wide awake, but just did not want to get up. So then I started thinking. In 5 and a half months, when I wake up at 4:26 in the morning, it will be because a tiny human needs me for survival, and I do not have a choice to lay back down. And that’s not going to change for many, many years.
I stayed in bed and did not go to the gym.
And then I did it again on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
I have been thinking A LOT about my races and training schedules. I had two goals for 2014… finish 14 races and run 500 miles. Guess what? Neither one of those is going to happen. And I am okay with that. I’m done. I’m just so done. I don’t want to stop running completely, and I want to stay active throughout the rest of this pregnancy… but I just have to take it easy. I’ve decided not to do any more races this year (but if a last minute fun 5k comes up I’ll consider it…) but I am officially race-free right now.
It’s an odd feeling, but kind of nice. I’m still working on my motivation, and plan on coming up with a good workout schedule next week. I’d like to still spend a little time at the gym, I’d like to take advantage of the warmer weather and do some outside running, and I’d like to give some of these pregnancy workout DVDs a chance in the living room… but I’m done pushing myself and forcing myself to compete in races. If I wake up and feel like Princess Olaf and I need to stay in bed a little longer to soak up some Husband and Hula cuddles…… that’s what’s going to happen.
So – here’s my week:
Friday: 2 Miles
Saturday: Rest (maaaaaybe another bridge run with Chelsea – if she suggests it!)
My goal next week is for 3-5 workouts, and to come up with a plan for the rest of the summer. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed in myself for almost completely falling off the wagon right now – I can’t remember the last time I went a solid week without almost no workouts – but I think it’s probably good for me.
My run this morning was nice, slow paced and I bumped it back to 1:1 intervals. That was a great idea. I may settle in at 1:30 run / 1 walk… but for now that’s a good way to get back in it. My sciatic nerve is still giving me some mild issues, and Princess Olaf is making it harder too.
I really think if I ever run a marathon it will be at those intervals. My pace wasn’t that far off from my average half marathon pace, and I didn’t feel like killing anyone on the entire run! The moment I started to think about wanting to walk… it was time to walk. Running really is so much more enjoyable when I give my body little bursts of recovery time.
Plus, when I start to really train again after the baby is born, I bet you I am able to go much faster this way.
Heading back to the Hill Country this weekend… should be a LOT of fun!!!
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