I REALLY loved running while I was pregnant. Sure the whole cramps and carrying around a basketball in my shirt got old some times but I really loved the mental aspect of running while pregnant. Don’t be jealous of my awesome facial expressions.
I wasn’t running because I felt forced to keep up with my training plan. I obviously wasn’t running to lose weight or to get faster. I didn’t run while I was pregnant to hit a certain mileage, I ran just to run. I ran to enjoy it, to relieve stress and to feel those endorphins. Coming back into running and training for races I have decided to include 2 of those types of runs a week so that I can continue to love running for what it is. It is so easy (especially when reading running blogs all of the time) to get obsessed with hitting paces, running races and getting better at the sport but I really want to have some runs each week that just make me happy. I want to include a run with no goals and no idea how far or fast I want to go before I start my run that day.
One of my most favorite quotes about running ever (I have probably posted this picture a million times but one more time won’t do any harm):
Speaking of running, I didn’t today. You think that treadmill running is boring? I forgot how boring that little black machine is.
What you don’t just throw your jacket and keys all over the place at your gym too?
After I did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (still hanging out on level 1 and I am proud to say I can do all of the push-ups that she does for the workout… oh yeah, but mine are on my knees and she does them on her toes) while Brooke continued to snooze in the swing.
Another thing I am incorporating into my training is cross training. As painful as it is to skip a beautiful day of running my body can’t handle 6 days of running (except when I was pregnant and having ALL easy runs). I want to start doing speed work etc and so cross-training is necessary for me to not crack my femurs again (along with a few other things I am doing differently this time around. That elliptical and I are going to become very close, I just need to find a way to bring down my TV to the apartment gym so that I can watch reality shows to pass the time away. Even better.. Brooke just needs to learn to start talking soon so that we can talk while I am on there.
I need to get more creative at lunch time but salads just always sound so good. This one had pasta, broccoli slaw, tilapia and carrots with italian dressing. It is always a good sign when your bread is as long as your mixing bowl that you use for salads. Bread is delicious.
Shower or a nap? Hmmmmm tough decision.
How many days a week of running can your body handle?
How many days a week do you cross-train?
Do you include any runs in your week that you just run for fun and without any goals?
Do you do push-ups on your toes or knees?
What was the last fruit that you ate?
-A heavenly nectarine!