I purposely didn’t set any goals for 2016 prior to now. While I set my usual monthly goals at the beginning of January, I wanted to wait until after I was cleared by my OB to resume running and other forms of exercise to set my big picture goals for the year.
2016 will be all about rebuilding – rebuilding my strength, my stamina, and my overall fitness abilities. While I was able to successfully remain active for much of my pregnancy, including continuing to run until I was 32 weeks pregnant, I of course had to make numerous adjustments to my exercise regimen, including slowing my pace down and reducing the amount of weight training that I was doing. While I’m eager to get my pre-pregnancy body back and return to my pre-pregnancy abilities, I’m also realistic in that I know it will take time and work for that to happen.
Since being cleared by my OB a week ago today, I’ve been able to run once as well as start some strength training exercises. While I would have liked to work out more than I have over the past week, a combination of this past weekend’s blizzard as well as the realities of being a mother to a five week old baby have prevented that from happening. I’m also trying to not overdo it.
My focus for 2016 will be centered on three main goals:
1. Get back to my pre-pregnancy shape, not just my pre-pregnancy body shape but also my pre-pregnancy running pace and endurance. Though I’m excited to be able to be physically active again, I also recognize the importance of pacing myself as I exercise and to not push myself too hard too quickly.
2. Train for and run half marathons #7, 8, and 9. In 2014 I completed three half marathons, and I completed another three in 2015, two of which were while I was pregnant. It seems natural to set my sights on completing another three this year, two of which have already been chosen. I plan to run ZOOMA Annapolis in June and Wine and Dine in November, so that leaves me with only one other half marathon to choose.
3. Focus on running quality races this year. Like I shared last week, I will not be focusing on completing a specified number of races this year. Instead, I want to be pickier in the races that I choose to run. This choice is for a number of reasons. For one, my priorities have shifted, particularly when it comes to wanting to focus on quality family time over the weekends. Much of my weekend time last spring and summer was spent on training for and/or running races, and I don’t want that to be the case in 2016. While running will continue to be an important part of my life, I want to ensure that I’m finding a balance between working out and being a mom to my little man. In the past I’ve gotten very wrapped up in the excitement of running lots of races, and I don’t want that to be the case this year.
So there you have it – my three fitness goals for 2016. I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store for me, both personally as well as physically, and will continue to use my regular monthly goal setting to help me stay focused on making progress towards meeting these three goals.
QOTD: What is one of your goals for 2016?