Next Friday I am going to start a new series on my blog called “Fitness Fridays”. In order for the series to make sense, I need you to know about my 2016 fitness endeavors and my 2017 fitness plans.
After my daughter was born in February 2015, I made loose plans to register for a race close to her one year birthday. I was really excited to start running again and I thought it would be a great way to get back in shape after having a baby.
Surprisingly, my daughter loved stroller runs as a baby, so I was in better running shape at the start of 2016 than I had expected. My unanticipated fitness level made me do something foolish. I decided to try to cross “break 1:40 in a half marathon” off of my bucket list just fourteen months after having a baby.
Spoiler alert: It didn’t happen.
Here’s what happened instead: My training went perfectly and I thought I had a real chance of running as fast as lightning (which is scientifically proven to be about 7:35 pace for 13.1 miles).
Then the night before the race, things went buck wild.
- The weather instantly dropped from 45 degrees to 19 degrees.
- My daughter picked MY pre race night to be, thus far, the only night of HER life that she slept zero hours.
Fortunately, we made it to the race on time, found a parking spot half a mile from the starting line, ran to the start line in our winter coats, discovered that they didn’t have a gear-check, and hid our coats, car keys, and cash under a table in a picnic pavilion.
I am not making this up.
Positive side note: My husband and daughter came to watch me race! They drove to four different mile markers and jumped out of the car wrapped in blankets and waved every time I ran past them. My daughter yelled “ZOOM!” when I went by. It was the best.
I ran as fast as I could.
It snowed. My glasses got wet.
The sun came out. My glasses fogged.
I tried to run without glasses.
Not wearing glasses made me dizzy.
I stopped no less than ten times to wipe the water and fog off of my glasses.
Around mile 10, I realized I was running on 1-2 hours of sleep.
I finished in 1:45:19
I scarfed down two bagels, miraculously found my coat and cash where I left them, forgot my post race bag in my brother’s car, drove home with my daughter and husband, and spent the rest of the day walking around like a zombie (I don’t do naps).
Now you are caught up to May of 2016.
May: I didn’t let the dream die. I decided to run another race in July. I knew I could break 1:40!
June: My daughter’s naptime changed, she discovered she liked parks better than the stroller, it got to hot too run outdoors with a one year old. I decided to play at the park more and run less.
July: I put my half marathon goal on the back burner. I started lifting weights 4 days per week.
August and September: I continued lifting weights.
October: I though about doing a few long runs, but then killer clowns became a thing.
November: I just had fun.
December: I realized that without any real plans, I had managed to stay in shape for all of 2016.
Turns out, I enjoy being healthy and active. Goals are nice, but maintaining my health and having fun while I do what I love is better.
January: Instead of making a specific new year’s goal with a measurable outcome (like every resource recommends), I made a simple but broad new year’s resolution to “maintain my fitness in 2017”.
Here’s what I’ve done so far this year:
- I did 15 minutes of yoga per day in January.
- I started the year with an average of 10-15 miles of running per week.
- I quit lifting weights. (Hey, at least I’ve maintained my weakness!)
- I started a 40 day running challenge on February 1st that my husband put together for his cross country team and I am still going strong.
Boom! Now you are caught up!
Starting Friday, I am going to record my fitness adventures in a regular series that I am calling Fitness Fridays. It’s going to be fun, and I hope you will join me!
Questions: Do you make specific fitness goals? Do you think exercise is fun or a chore?