Its hard to believe that I’m only eight weeks away from running my postpartum goal race. Eight weeks from this past Saturday, I’ll be taking on the streets of Annapolis, not only running a new to me race, but also running in a city that I’ve never run in before. A whole host of feelings about running ZOOMA Annapolis hit me really hard this past weekend, partly brought on by the fact that little man’s first day of daycare is today.
My return to running has been going way better than I ever imagined. I know I’ve accomplished quite a bit since giving birth to little man back in December, and my sense of accomplishment was heightened this past Tuesday when I met my April goal to run a sub 31 minute 5k. Not only did I meet this goal early on in the month, but I crushed it with a finish time of 30:08. I also happened to set a new 5k PR Tuesday evening. Its hard to believe that I’m only nine seconds away from running my first sub 30 minute 5k. I never thought I’d ever get anywhere close to running a sub 30 minute 5k when I first started running in 2013, and being as close as I am right now makes me want it that much more.
After having to skip my long run two weeks ago due to a headache followed by time constraints, its been quite exhilarating to have back to back weeks of longer runs. After making up my missed six mile run last week, I set out yesterday to run nine miles. I had initially planned to complete my long run Saturday morning, but when I woke up to a cold, dreary day, which even included snowflakes (hello, isn’t it April?!?), I decided to postpone my run to Sunday afternoon. It wound up being a gorgeous day, with lots of runners and walkers out on the trail taking advantage of the beautiful day. There were even lots of geese who decided to join in on the fun, and I lost track of the number of geese that I passed while out running.
Training for ZOOMA has been an interesting experience. Obviously, its the first time that I’m training for a race post pregnancy, and since this training cycle and race marks my return to running, I’m trying to find a balance between working on both my speed and endurance simultaneously. This is the first training cycle that I’ve focused on both, even though I’m utilizing the same 18 week training plan that I’ve used to train for previous half marathons. I’d like to continue to have successful training weeks like I’ve had this past week, or find time for even more training since I only got to work on strength training once despite twice a week being my monthly goal. I’m trying to be optimistic that I’ll continue to have as successful of a training cycle as I’ve had up until this point, but I know that the reality is that at some point balancing all of the demands that I have to give my attention to will affect my running. While I’m trying to remain optimistic that I’ll be able to continue to balance everything, I’m also trying to be realistic, especially since part of what’s allowed me to make my running a priority has been sacrificing time that I could instead be devoting to housework. I’m interested to see if I’m able to keep up with my plan this coming week, now that daycare is being added to our daily schedule. We shall see what happens!
Mon 4/4 – Rest day
Tues 4/5 – 3.10 mile run, 0.29 mile cool down walk
Wed 4/6 – 20 minutes on the elliptical, 40 minutes of weight training (upper body, lower body, abs)
Thurs 4/7 – 3.20 mile run, 0.32 mile cool down walk
Fri 4/8 – Rest day
Sat 4/9 – Rest day
Sun 4/10 – 9.02 mile run, 0.31 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 17.83 miles (1.44 miles more than week 9)
Total ZOOMA Mileage – 161.43 miles
QOTD: Because I want to celebrate everybody’s accomplishments, what’s something you’ve recently accomplished that you’re proud of?