First month? Easy enough. When I first saw the Dopey training program, I almost talked myself out of doing this race. I’ve done quite a few half marathons already, but I have never stuck to a training program for more than a month or two. It’s not to say that I don’t train for my races, I just end up doing what feels right instead of following a plan.
This time I hope to follow the plan completely through. Dopey is an intimidating challenge and I want to be assured that I am as prepared as possible. I plan to share a monthly recap as I go along, not only to keep me accountable but to highlight and progress on my part.
I am following the Jeff Galloway Dopey Program and so far, the first month has been, dare I say… easy. I’m sure that won’t last though. My body is definitely hurting; it’s been over a year since I ran consistently and it’s going to take time to for my body to adjust.
Notes: The last 5.5-mile long run was by far the hardest. I struggled to maintain my 1:30/30 interval and had to switch to 1/1 interval by mile 3. I’m happy with my finishing time but I’m also extremely anxious about all my future long runs seeing as how challenging this one turned out to be.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I just assumed I would be like all those woman who spend their entire pregnancies working out and running… how hard could it be? HARD.
I tried to run during my first trimester and I want to say I got a whopping 2 runs in. The first half of my pregnancy consisted of exhaustion and being extremely uncomfortable. I decided to wait until my second trimester because everyone says your energy goes back to normal. By the time I got into my second trimester my doctor recommended against running and suggested I walk instead.
I’m in the final stretch of my pregnancy with less than 5 weeks to go. All I want to do is get back to training and participating in races. Its really hard to predict how or when I will be able to get back to running, but if all goes well and I recover quickly enough, I hope to be running again as soon as I get the all clear.
As a first time mom I have no idea what to expect. Maybe it wont be as easy to get back out on the track as I’m hoping but luckily I have the help and support of my amazing boyfriend and family. Running has always been an outlet for me and with all the changes coming soon, I cant imagine it’ll be any different.
For any other running moms out there, please feel free to share any advice you have! I’m all ears!
So here we are, first day of 2018. Last year was a whole lot of everything; good, bad and just overall confusing but this year feels like its going to be different. Obviously there are big changes coming along seeing as I am pregnant and due in early February but I have a feeling thats only the beginning.
This blog is a project I’ve been wanting to start for a while but never got around to doing. With a baby coming along I figured now is as good a time as any to start it. I don’t have anything monumental planned for this blog and I’m not really sure where its headed but if nothing else comes of it, at least it’ll serve me as some kind of memory keeper.
To anyone reading this, I wish you all the best possible year to come! If there is anything in particular you would like to for me to share about just comment below and I’ll do my best to post on those topics.
Goals for 2018
- Have a healthy baby girl
- Finally Graduate
- Register and train for runDisney’s Dopey 2019
- Work on my overall health
- Post on my blog regularly