Summer running goals

I’m now well into my second round of boot camp at 3rd Degree Training, and as I continue to work on my strength, the spring weather has me itching to set some running goals.

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It’s hard to believe I have only run a handful of times since having the twins – who are now 7.5 months old. When Silas was about nine months old, I ran the Lorneville Loop, a 13-kilometre race! I’m nowhere near ready to take on such a distance but I know once I start training, the running will come back to me before long.

With three young children, the days slip by so quickly, and I feel like I need to go ahead and set race goals so I have incentive to get out and run, or else the time will just float by and my mat leave will be gone.

St. Andrews Father’s Day 5-Miler – June 17 – I have run this challenging course twice before – once in blazing heat, and once in pouring rain. Maybe this will be my lucky year and the weather will be perfect. This gives me six weeks to train and lines up with the end of this round of boot camp. A great way to celebrate! Not to mention honouring my awesome husband and father to three under three.

Marathon by the Sea 10K – August 12 – I want to be good to my body and avoid jumping into distance running too quickly. Training for a 10K is a great way to continue to increase my mileage without sacrificing my weekends to long runs away from my kids. A quick look at the Marathon By the Sea website indicates this run crosses Saint John’s Harbour Bridge, which is an amazing experience. There are lots of hills, so definitely not expecting a personal best, but Marathon by the Sea is always a hometown favourite.

To get myself back in running shape, I need to start getting the miles in. Doing this while completing another boot camp may be a little challenging, but I hope to attempt 2-3 runs a week in addition to my 3-4 workouts at 3rd Degree. The great thing about this is my stronger body should make me a stronger runner less prone to aches and pains.

I’m also still following my custom Actual Nutrition guide and avoiding treats except for special occasions, so I am curious to see how this impacts my running.

I’m still breastfeeding the twins, although they continue to eat an increasing amount of solids. So I still need to consume plenty of calories to keep us all going. As I gradually start weaning this summer, my mileage will be increasing so I will be able to pare down the volume of food a bit, but probably not by a ton. Ah yes, one of the greatest benefits of running is the food.

 

 

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The chocolates are calling me…

I’m always amazed when I hear about people throwing out their Christmas chocolate to start fresh in January. Really? But it’s perfectly good chocolate…

I, too, have vowed to clean up my eating. I haven’t set any diet or weight-loss goals, instead preferring to focus on my next big running goal: run a 13K race on April 12.

My other health-related goals are simple and achievable, but easy to let slip:

Drink at least 2.5 litres of water/day. I should obviously already be on top of this since I’m breastfeeding but I know I often fall short.

Eat veggies with every lunch/dinner. I am a real fruit eater but can often bypass the veggies, which is a bad habit I’m trying to break.

So back to the chocolate. I stuffed a bunch of unopened chocolate in the freezer, along with a few leftover Christmas baking. And I can go most of the day without even thinking about it. But by the time 4 p.m. rolls around, I get the munchies. My hubby is off to work for his evening shift, it’s me and the baby, who is growing more irritable by the hour, and I find myself reaching for a frozen chocolate truffle. AH!

In a stroke of serendipity, I got a call from GoodLife on Monday. I won a free week at the gym. The funny thing is, I don’t even remember entering my name in the draw. (Maybe they were just trying to reel me back in?)

IMG_20150106_164113The timing was good because I was just trying to figure out what to do about running in this frigid weather. I’m not afraid of a little cold-weather running, but I’m not equipped to run in -20C weather.

So I was able to get a couple treadmill runs in on Tuesday and Wednesday, surrounded by hoards of other “January joiners” just like me.