I love seeing posts about how some of you are remaining active through pregnancy! If you have a healthy pregnancy, maintaining your routine is no only "ok", it is recommended. Even running! : ) This is the time for maintenance so stay active. Stroller Strides classes are great for this as the trainers are all pre and postnatal certified. It's super for your kiddos in the strollers to meet new friends, just like you will!
A quick note to both encourage and celebrate you all...this has been an amazing process for all of you! As moms, we all have different stories; some of injury, some of illness, some of elation and bliss, some of bewilderment and all of fatigue! : ) As we get closer to Mother's Day and closer to your events remember this:
There is nobody doing it better than you are right now!
*YOU are true athletes who manage stress and chaos and physical challenges like a pro! *Honor your body and acknowledge both what it has endured through in pregnancy and now taking care of another human being. You are phenomenal and so is your strength!
Go get um, ladies and Happy Mother's Day to ALL of you!
Since you all are moms, you are either marinating in the land of "Sesame Street" or you will be soon! This classic show always has a letter of the day and number of the day for the kiddos. I am proposing that we adopt a Word of the Day for this team.
Today's word (and everyday forward) is UNCOMFORTABLE!
"Why" you ask? Because if you stay comfortable throughout your workout/day you will not see the changes you want to see or get to the goals to want to achieve. We must consistently get a little uncomfortable to make these changes.
There's your directive...go get UNCOMFORTABLE Ladies!
You posted a good and important question, how do I know if the goal I set myself is too lofty? The answer will be different for each of you. The most important question to ask yourself, especially if you are newly postpartum is "Does exercise energize or deplete me"? The end result of your training should be rejuvination (maybe not immediately...but in the long run) To hit the Half Marathon mark by May, you would need to be ramping up in Feb to 2-3 days of 4-5 miles and your long days from 6-7, then in March 2-3 days of 6-7 and your long runs at 8-9. By April, your runs on those 2-3 days should consistently be around 8-9 miles with your long runs between 10-12. Depending on your race day, you would tamper that mileage off a little at a time the last week to a week and a half leading up to race day.
Ask yourself if this seems do-able...maybe start February out with this plan and see how you feel. Again, if 2 hours after you've ran/trained you realized that you are completely wiped out, you went too hard/too soon. This decision to change your end goal doesn't have to be made right now, start the process and have a back up race in mind. Training as a mom is a lot like motherhood in general: Go for your goals with a plan but know that sometimes we have to "punt" and that's ok!!!