Back in the (Running) Game!

So it has been quite a while since I have followed a training schedule.  One year exactly last week.  With the new year, I have set some new running goals for myself and here I’d like to share them with you.

  1. On May 7, 2016 I will be running the New River Marathon as a fun training run…and to get a little revenge on this course (more on that later!!).
  2. On June 5, 2016 I will be running the San Diego Marathon as my first official marathon back from my pregnancy. I will be celebrating being back running, while at the same time assessing where I am physically and mentally in order to get ready to run my goal race in the fall.
  3. My Goal race to attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon will be this coming fall (to qualify for Boston 2018 race).  I will run either the Syracuse NY Empire State Marathon (no 2016 date yet, last year it was in October) or the Peak to Creek Marathon in North Carolina (also in October). My goal for this race is to cross the finish line with a time below 3 hours and 25 minutes (which would be a personal best for me by almost 6 minutes).

I am giving myself the winter and spring to have fun getting back into the game and to slowly ease back into a training schedule. With a new baby I am still learning how to juggle working out, work and home life so I want to make sure there’s as little stress as possible so I can enjoy that baby girl!

Also, I still have on about 10 pounds from my pregnancy and my body is tired but continuing to recover, both of these affect my mile times and cardiovascular endurance.  I want to make sure that as I slowly loose the weight, I also gain muscle and keep my body strong and healthy while it heals.  In this, patience, consistency and a positive attitude will be key.

So for now, there it is.  Three Marathons. Two for fun and One with a gutsy goal.