Monthly Archives: January 2012

New Plan

First off, thanks to all of you who reached out to me after reading yesterday’s post. It meant a lot to me that you took the time to comment or send me a message. 🙂

Now, let’s get down to business. My husband and I put together a new plan yesterday and we were ready to start right away. Or, at least I thought we were. Apparently my husband did a little research last night that is putting a damper on our initial plan. (Seriously, how often can my plans change in a couple of weeks?!) Long story as short as possible, my husband likes to have 1-2 drink every night to help him wind down and he found in his research that any alcohol consumption can damage his ‘swimmers’ which ultimately could lead to adverse effects to a developing fetus. So, to give our future child the best start possible, he’s going to detox for 3 months. To be honest, a part of me was happy when he told me his discovery because I was snooping around the net this morning and found a local half marathon that is about 12 weeks away–perfect amount of time to train and enough time for him to detox. I didn’t want to be the one postponing things again so it made me happy that it was his fault for a change. 😉

Ahhhh, so, new plan:
Train for half marathon
Run half marathon
Try for #3 after half marathon

Looks like I need to tweak my Goals for 2012 now, too.

Fork in the Road

Tuesday was Plyometrics day and I had a great workout. Sweat was literally dripping from me during my workout and I needed to let my mat air dry afterwards. Yeah, I was that sweaty! Clear indication of what an awesome workout Plyo is! As I was following the cool down, I bent over with Tony and his minions and immediately felt a strange twinge in my lower back on the left side. “Hmm, that’s weird!”, I thought to myself, but I continued with the cool down as it was almost finished. It wasn’t a stabbing pain or anything and I didn’t feel it anymore when I was standing up so I disregarded it and hit the showers. When I sat on the couch in my usual pretzel-like fashion, I immediately felt that twinge again, only worse and it took my breath away. Ugh. I’m guessing I must have twisted my back the wrong way or something and that’s what caused the strain. I ended up taking two days off and my back is doing much better. I can twist into all kinds of directions without any pain so I’m hoping whatever it is I did is OK now so that I can get back to working out.

During the last two off days, I couldn’t help but venture in my mind and wonder whether I’m doing the right thing with my current workout schedule. I’ve wanted to do P90X for a long time, and, like the C25K program, I’ve taken far too long to just do it. I want to continue with P90X because, more than anything, I think I would feel like a failure if I didn’t finish the program after starting it. However, I miss my running and want to build a better base and up my mileage. I don’t think it’s possible to do both without killing myself. ha!

I think the main reason I’ve been pondering things lately is because we’re now in a position financially to start trying for a third child. Selfishly, I don’t want to give up working out in an aggressive manor because I’m far from where I want to be. The flip side of that is I’m going to “lose” my body again anyhow so why not quit while I’m ahead, so to speak. The thing is, I’d rather have a good fitness base and be in good shape when I get pregnant so that I can hopefully continue to workout throughout my pregnancy. Also, that way, it should be easier to bounce back after I give birth. I guess I feel like, in getting pregnant sooner rather than later, I’ll be throwing all of my hard work away and doing myself a disservice in not being more fit. Or, if I don’t have a good mileage base before I get pregnant, I won’t be able to keep up running like I would like to during pregnancy. Perhaps my expectations are too high as far as how much working out I’ll actually be able to accomplish when I’m pregnant. This will be my first pregnancy during which I do my best to stay fit and be active so it’s all new to me. I also realize that no two people are alike. Some are able to run/stay active until the day they deliver while others have to back off after a few months because it’s uncomfortable. Far too many unknowns to make a proper decision and I believe that’s why I’m so stuck.

Another thing that I needed to remind myself of is there will always be half marathons (the next big goal I want to tackle) but my husband is up there in age (we have a considerable age gap) and who knows how long he’ll be able to father children. The clock is ticking and here I am still stuck in a selfish I-need-to-workout-more mode. Something is wrong with me. I wish someone could tell me what to do but I know this is something I need to decide for myself. Why can’t everything be easy?

Week 1 of P90X

My first week of P90X was a success! I’ve been sore all over throughout the week but still able to function pretty well. I’m sure it was a sight seeing me get out of bed this morning but we won’t dwell on it. haha

I did have a hard time with scheduling my workouts. I did a couple in the afternoon while my youngest slept and my oldest hung out with Daddy; and the rest of the workouts were done at night after the kids went to bed. The after bed workouts about killed me. I’m exhausted from my day and then to put working out for 1+ hour on top of that wasn’t smart. I need to set an alarm and work out before the butt crack of dawn so that I can get it done and showered (hopefully) before the kids wake up. Only problem with that is my 18 month old’s sleeping is so unpredictable still (my kids fail in the sleep department) that getting up super early to work out after I’ve probably been up once or a few times throughout the night is very unappealing. I guess I should just suck it up and do it! If I’m getting up super early, I should be going to bed earlier, too. Yeah, I’ll keep telling myself that.

There’s no running scheduled in the hybrid I’m following until Saturday of the 4th week (Feb 11) so, unless I decide to substitute a cardio day for a run, I won’t be running at all until then. It just so happens that there is a local 8K race on Feb 11th, so I could use that as my easy run. Ha, easy.

Goals for 2012

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be to come up with a list of goals and rewards. There’s so much that I want to do that it was hard to narrow things down to a realistic level. I’m sure my list will probably change or need adjustment as the year goes on but here’s what it looks like now:

Goal: Do a complete round of P90X (90 days)
Reward: new bras (non-nursing)–I’ve been wearing nursing bras for over 3 years and I’m ready to get my sexy back 😉 Perfect timing as my 18 month old just weaned a week ago.

Goal: sub-30 5K–I know I’ve supposedly done this at the Run for New Life this past December, but I want to do it at a race I know is the proper length.
Reward: Fuel Belt Sprint or Sahara Palm Holder

Goal: Train for & run a 1/2 marathon
Reward: CW-X  running tights or capris (this reward isn’t set in stone… if it’s not in the cards financially, I’ll have to tweak it)

Goal: Log 750 running miles in 2012
Reward: Road ID

Goal: walk at least 5 days a week with the family/boys
Reward: healthier & more active family

Goal: make good food choices to fuel my body & drink more water
Reward: healthier me 🙂

MIA

Sorry I’ve been MIA. We were away for a few weeks for the Holidays and it’s been a whirlwind trying to get back into our routine since we got back last weekend. One thing that’s really suffered is my working out/running routine. Ugh. We’re 13 days into 2012 and I’ve only gone for a run ONCE. I’ve let other things take priority over my running but I’m ready to step up my game and regain an active routine. I don’t know why, but I can’t stand not having a schedule to follow. If I don’t have a schedule, I find it’s easier to make excuses, then, before I know it, days have gone by and I haven’t accomplished a thing. I need to and it’s time to get out of this rut!

I’m in the process of mapping out goals and rewards for 2012 and I will post about them once I have everything finalized. I’m also planning on starting P90X this coming Monday. I am still undecided whether I’m going to devote my entire self to P90X for an entire round (90 days) or do a P90x/running hybrid I found online. Or, if I’ll do P90X but substitute the cardio workouts for running. I probably won’t be able to come up with a definitive plan until I start and see what works for me/my schedule and what doesn’t. Thinking about it right now, I can’t see myself being able to stay away from running for a full 90 days so I’m thinking some kind of P90X/running hybrid will be in the works.

Hopefully I can get everything together (my mind is a whirlwind right now) and have a couple of posts up in a few days. Stay tuned!!