Woohoo! I finally made it to the 6 week point! Which means YAY RUNNING! To say I’m excited is a huge understatement. Like I said last week, running is the one thing right now that makes me feel like me, or at least something besides just being a mom. I need it for my mental sanity and my mental health and can’t wait to jump in to training and be running more than a minute or two at a time!
I also FINALLY found my training plan from after my pregnancy with MacKenna. The website I used no longer has it posted (or at least for free), and I have searched every single flash drive that I had and simply could not find it. Until the other night when Matt was showing me some things in Google Docs – I opened up my folder (I use Google Drive a lot for school with my work email but rarely for my personal use) and there it was! I was elated! So, I’ve updated my return to running plan a little bit and am being a bit more aggressive with my training than I was with the previous training plan I posted. I definitely feel ready to be running more and longer, but will continue to keep my speed conservative. I don’t plan on starting any speedwork until April simply because I need to see how my body responds to mileage first. I’m not too worried since I was running 5-6 days a week averaging 15+ miles each week until a few days before my C-section. I took 2 weeks off completely and have been doing very short bouts of running for the last 4 weeks. I think returning to running should be fairly simple, but I did have major surgery so I’m easing into it.
I also get to start Insanity Max:30 this week! I am so freaking excited! My brother has me worried a bit though – he just started his second month last week and told me how much harder it is. My goal is to make it 5 minutes before maxing out, but we shall see what my body decides to do. I know there have been times in PiYo where I have felt that I should be able to do more and just simply couldn’t. But, I’m so ready to workout hard again and sweat – I mean besides night sweats, of course!
You’ll also notice I only have Max:30 and PiYo for the next 4 weeks. That’s because I’m heading back to work in March and don’t know exactly what kind of strength training I’ll be doing or when I would be doing the videos. I might be doing a combo of CrossFit-style training along with my Beachbody videos, but haven’t quite decided yet. I love my Beachbody videos, but there’s just something about lifting weights that makes me feel tough. So, I’m still figuring that out as I go.
A picture of me and the kiddos, just because I mentioned going back to work…
Here were my workouts from this past week:
Monday: PiYo Core + 5 minute walk warmup, 6x of 2 minute run/3 minute walk, 5 minute walk cool down (3.2 miles @ 12:23/mile)
Tuesday: PiYo Strength Intervals
Wednesday: PiYo Lower Body + 5 minute walk warmup, 6x of 2 minute run/3 minute walk, 5 minute walk cool down (3.2 miles @ 12:27/mile)
Thursday: PiYo Sweat
Friday: PiYo Upper Body + 1 mile incline walk, 8x of 200m run/200m walk (3 miles @ 12:30/mile)
Saturday: rest day
Sunday: 1 mile walk incline walk, 8x of 200m run/200m walk (3 miles @ 12:46/mile)
Total: 12.4 miles
This week also kicks off my Rock Your Jeans Challenge. While I won’t be doing the 21 Day Fix workouts with the group, I am planning on following the nutrition plan for the most part. I don’t have the containers but know the guidelines. What I really need to focus on is controlling my sweet tooth. It has been really bad lately (3 cookies plus M&Ms after dinner every night), so I think I am just going to have to go cold turkey. After overeating last night with the Super Bowl, I think I’m ready to really focus on clean eating. Hmmm, how many weeks have I been saying that now?!