Though I didn’t realize it would be a year of great change, 2015 has certainly proven to be just that. Despite having set yearly goals for myself back in January, those goals were quickly reevaluated and modified after finding out in April that I was pregnant.
2016 will also be a year like no other, as I adjust to life as a new mother and work towards getting back to my pre-pregnancy fitness levels. There’s of course no way to know how long it will take me to bounce back after delivery, which makes it difficult to plan ahead for what races I’ll try and run next year.
For the past 2.5 years I’ve used running races as a way to focus my fitness regimen and to stay motivated when it comes to working out. My plan is to continue to use races in 2016 to help me to stay motivated, though I don’t plan to go after a certain number of races next year like I did in both 2014 and 2015. I’ll be focusing on quality races over quantity.
One of the big questions on my mind lately is when I should attempt to run my first post-baby half marathon. Is late spring too early? Should I wait until Labor Day weekend? Should I wait until next fall? At this point, its hard to answer that question. Although I ran until I was 32 weeks pregnant, its impossible to predict how long it will take me to get back at running, and more importantly, running long distances.
One thing is for certain: I’m eager to get back out there. I miss the thrill of training for a goal race, and I miss being able to physically do so. In some ways, I don’t feel like I’ve trained for a goal race since I crossed the finish line of Shamrock Half Marathon back in March, and I’m extremely eager to focus on training for my next goal race.
Will I have answers to my questions anytime soon? Likely not. But in the meantime, its fun to daydream about all of the possible races that I could choose from. And I cannot wait to have my little guy cheering me on as his mommy toes the start line of her first post-pregnancy half marathon.
QOTD: What running goal(s) are you contemplating going after in 2016?