You may recall that my big fitness goal for the year is to complete 15 races. So far this year I’ve crossed the finish line of 13 races:
St. Patrick’s Day Double (5k followed by 10k)
Shamrock Half Marathon
Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run
Manassas Runway 10k
Fit Foodie 5k
Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Mile on the Beach
Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
Dulles Day 5k
Clarendon Day 10k
I’m currently registered for one more race this year, this weekend’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon. And after I complete this weekend’s half marathon, I won’t be completing any other races this year.
That means I’ll complete a total of 14 races, just one race shy of reaching my goal of 15.
I don’t look at this as failing to reach my goal. Given how difficult it has been to keep up with the physical demands of training for a half marathon while pregnant, especially now that I’m in the third trimester, I’ve decided that continuing to put myself through the stress of training after this weekend just isn’t worth it.
And yes, I could sign up for a local 5k and walk it just to say that I reached my goal. But I don’t want to just choose a race for the sake of meeting this goal. I want to actually want to complete the race. And at this point, I’m loosing motivation to race. To be honest, I’m looking forward to getting Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly done and over with this weekend, partly so that I can eliminate the stress of being “in training.”
Overall, I don’t consider this decision to be giving up. Instead, I’m trying to think of it as making a smart decision, the one that is best for baby and myself, especially at 31.5 weeks pregnant. I’ve accomplished quite a bit this year: I had a major half marathon PR at Shamrock back in March, and I’ve run one half marathon while pregnant (and will complete my second this weekend). Logging the number of miles that I have and completing the number of races that I have while pregnant is worth much greater celebration than meeting a goal that I set prior to getting pregnant. Circumstances have changed, and its been important that I reevaluate my fitness goals as I’ve progressed through my pregnancy.
I look forward to returning to racing in 2016, especially since I plan to use races as motivation to get back to my pre-baby fitness level.
QOTD: How are you progressing in meeting your yearly goal(s)? What adjustments have you had to make?