Monday, February 6, 2012

what's next...

My marathon was just two weeks ago.  And already I wish I was training for another race.  Heck, I'd train for another marathon if I could, time and money permitting.

I guess I really do love running.  I feel crazy for wanting to train and race again.

But alas, I still haven't found my racing sugar daddy to sponsor me for the registration fees and Sunday is the most important day of my work schedule and very few half or full marathons take place on Saturdays.

But I love goals and plans, so I'll just have to make some of my own that aren't necessarily race related.

I turn 35 in June.  That kind of seems like a big birthday to me.  At least I'm using it as a goal marker.

I've been trying to "lose the last few pounds" for um, a few years now.  My baby is 3 years old now and I've yet to get to my pre-baby weight, which was my all-time adult low, pretty smack dab in the middle of "healthy" BMI.  I'm not too far from it, but still haven't gotten there.

The last few pounds are hard.

I am NOT obsessed with a number on the scale.  I want that to be clear.  But I do know how I want my body to feel and how I want my clothes to fit and I'm not quite there.  I remember what it was like around that number and so that's my loose goal.

I want to be faster.  Shedding those last pounds, which will come with toning up, will help with that.  And I need to learn to dig deeper.  I have more speed in me, I just have to tap in to it.  Somehow I found it last week.  I want to keep finding it.

If I want to run faster, do I just start running faster?  Since I'm not following any specific training schedule right now, that's what I'm thinking.  I just start running faster.  I did a HIIT workout on the treadmill yesterday morning that had me running for a minute at 8:00 and even 7:00 minute paces.  Wow.  FAST.  But I was able to hold most of them for the required minute (for 4 intervals).

So, here's what I'm focusing on for February.

1. Cross-training.  I did very little during marathon training.  I want to build my muscle and tone more.  I've been meeting up with my friend Jillian again (Banish Fat Boost Metabolism and 6 Week 6 Pack Abs so far).  I have quick workouts on my Pinterest and also the Nike Training Center for my iPhone.

2.  #lovemyabs I saw a tweet about this last week and figured--why not! Good accountability.  Sometimes this happens through my workouts, but trying to keep up every day has definitely made me get on the floor and lovemyabs every day.

3. Log my food.  I use myfitnesspal and I love it.  Quick, easy and accessible by phone or computer.  Food really is my downfall.  I eat pretty healthily and balanced, but too often I grab an extra snack or munch on sugar-laden food when I'm hungry or I eat something "small" thinking it won't matter.  But it does.  It really does.

4. Run faster.  Short distances, faster.  Then build to longer distances.  Intervals. Hill repeats.

It's February 6 and so far, so good.  I've run twice, done 3 workout videos and abs  & arms.  I've been logging my calories for the most part and I know I'm on my way.

There is a St. Patrick's Day 10K that isn't too pricey so I may look into running that.  I've not raced a 10k before, so it would be fun and an instant PR! My husband is actually considering a half marathon at the end of the year, which is fun and exciting for me too.

I'm glad I love running.  It's so good for me.  In so many ways.