When I decided not to run what would have been my first marathon in October 2015, I more or less dropped this blog too. Grad school and a promotion at work consumed my life and I focused on those things and recovery. But now I’m back and feel like I have something to write about again!
I’m registered for the Delaware marathon on May 8th. I am very excited for this race and am trying to do everything completely by the book this time as possible. I’m running my miles to the very best of my ability, working with a coach, watching what I eat, and this week even started adding back in strength and cross training. It’s actually feeling like it can happen this time! I’m especially excited for what will be the first race post injury: Rock and Roll New Orleans half marathon. My only goal for this race is to genuinely have a good time and not hurt myself. I think it’s a reasonable goal. 🙂
A few months ago I was focused almost exclusively on speed work in my running. In fact I think that it is probably one of the main mistakes I made in my downward spiral that ended with this injury issue I’ve been working through. I had wanted a fast-for-me marathon finish time for my debut marathon, but instead will now be sitting out completely; an option I didn’t even think was really possible.
At any rate, I’ve been doing what I can in the mean time to recover (video down below). The slower pace has some benefits too. Mostly, I’m spending a lot more quality time with my boys and with our dog. I’ve gone on several walks with my sons and last week my 9 year old biked 6 miles with me. It was a PR for him in distance! 🙂 He now wants to make it a regular thing we do together, which is so amazingly awesome. It’s been really great to get outside with them and get some exercise together. No, these low intensity family workouts are not going to earn me any medals or PRs. I don’t finish feeling sweaty and badass. However, these workouts are completely priceless. We’re spending quality time together moving, getting fresh air and talking about things away from the video games. So right now I’m working on this “slow work”, and plan to do more of it, even when I get back to training. I don’t need a medal to know we’re doing something good by staying active together.
What ideas do you have for family fitness? Always looking for more ideas to incorporate. 🙂