I feel like I can breathe again.
Sounds crazy right? But it’s honestly the first thing I thought of when I finally resumed working out on Monday after my self imposed rest week post marathon.
Since the day I declared that I would run NYC last year I have been in a very strong holding pattern of running. It was like everything faded away and running was the only thing I could do. Sure I took classes here and there but I never stopped running because I was so focused on overcoming the hurdle of marathon.
In the past year I’ve run 8 half marathons, countless 10ks and everything in between. Running has been my sole focus (no pun intended!). Now that I have completed the ultimate task of finishing the NYC marathon I can’t help but think…
To be honest I am so excited to get my life back after marathon training. To have a bit of control again after four months of watching miles, paces and weather, I’m so ready to start anew.
This week alone I took a crazy hard dance fitness class at 305Fitness. I thought I was going to pass out afterwards–showed me that I needed to get my fitness game all the way up! I was also able to lift and do body weight exercises–all things that I shied away from during training because I didn’t want to be sore for my training runs.
Facing the Scale
I am not one of those people that loses weight while running. Running definitely gives me serena-esque legs and a super healthy heart but it doesn’t move the scale for me. In fact it probably moves it the wrong way. I’ve gained exactly 10 lbs since running–my thighs and hips seem to have gotten all the extra lovin.
Even though I’m still in love with my body, this is not a comfortable weight for me. It’s time to get back to basics and track my food with MyFitnessPal. I will admit that my new job with three refrigerators stacked to the brim with free food and buffets on Fridays hasn’t exactly helped my sitch.
These are the three things I am going to do:
- Lose 20 pounds
- Track my food everyday
- Do 4-5 challenging workouts a week that may or may not involve running
- Take better care of myself by doing things I love like journaling, blogging and reading.
Simple right?! As if.
I do think that 20 pounds would make a significant difference in my running if I do decide to avenge my marathon time. It would help me to run faster, lighter and with more confidence. The next few months will be crucial because I really need to drop some pounds before I decide to take on another marathon…the deadline is sometime in March! So I have given myself a 5 month time frame to drop the weight.
Losing weight takes laser sharp focus, which is super difficult. However, It’s something I need to do, not only for me but for my family and future running plans.
How was your health and fitness week? Have you ever found yourself pressing the restart button on your health?