return to running: week 3

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!

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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.

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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

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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?!