If you’re wondering where both Bill and I have been these last couple of months, we’ve been rigorously training for our upcoming marathon and just completed half marathon, respectively. It’s amazing how much time (and energy) is involved in training for these types of races, but it definitely does pay off. And I attribute much of that to working with a running coach.
A couple of months ago, I wrote about hiring a running coach to assist me in my training and I think it might have been the smartest thing I’ve ever done. Even though I had run two half marathons before, I still had lots of questions – fueling before and after a race, how to work on endurance and speed – the list goes on. And instead of having to Google everything to get information from questionable sources, I could just email one trusted one.
As a post partum breastfeeding mom, it was really important that I kept my milk supply up and didn’t over do it. No one really has time for injuries, but chasing after four kids with an injury was not an option. And I wanted to be sure that my training wasn’t going to interfere with my ability to feed my baby.
I have to say that my training and half marathon results were a complete success. After two weeks in, I realized that Weight Watchers wasn’t going to be feasible given my training schedule, so I stopped. I also started running at night on my treadmill when my kids were all sleeping thanks to my trusty iPhone baby monitor. And it turns out that I’m very easily entertained by trashy television.
I finished the Georgia Publix half marathon in 2:26:31 (11:10 pace).
My PR is still the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which I’d love to beat at some point.
For now, I’ve decided to continue working with @mcmmama to help increase my speed back to where it was right when I got pregnant (solid 10 minute miles – faster with shorter distances) – maybe even faster. I also need to work on pacing myself outside; I’m so used to being on a treadmill that I tend to run slower outside. I suppose a Garmin is in my future.
So what are your fitness goals for the spring? Do share! We’ll be back with more updates (Bill’s marathon is this weekend!) Also, we’re very active on Twitter – so please join us there.