Thursday, July 16, 2009

Plans and Goals

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I am smack dab in the middle of pregnancy, actually more like 2/3 of the way through it. Yesterday I was at the library and I even checked out a book called Nesting, hoping to get some ideas to take my nesting to the next level. While my brain is pretty much buzzing in circles around the idea of a baby I am trying to make other plans lest I become one of those women who can only talk about their baby. Although, in my defense people keep asking, how am I supposed to ignore their questions?

Back to my plans and goals...
When I was speaking with my cousin the other day we decided to work toward a common goal together even though we live several states apart. We are both going to choose some event, a marathon or triathlon, that will be in our area about this time next year and start training for it. Obviously I am not going to start training for anything right now, with me being a bit more limited physically. I haven't been running in quite some time. I do try to maintain an active lifestyle and I do exercise regularly, but this will be a whole new experience.

Eric is eager to join in with us, so there will be a lot of mutual support. The plan is that we will all check in on a weekly basis (for me this will begin after I have had time to recover from childbirth) and make sure we're all still motivated as well as giving any tips or advice we may have picked up. I am really excited at the prospect of going at this with others. The idea of a specific goal will help us to maintain our steam. *Mom, I think this may result in some babysitting opportunities for you.*

Have any of you ever done such a thing? I know a few of my readers are also runners. Do you have any tips? I am a little concerned as I will be physically able to start my training right as winter hits, but I am determined to see this through.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am ready to do my part for the common good!!!! Mom

jumbleberryjam said...

How exciting! I ran the Chicago Marathon on my 30th birthday. What a trip! Haven't run much since, I'm sad to say. But, I LOVED training for it. I really like the book _Running Within_ which deals with the internal/mental part of running. Not sure when I'll be a serious runner again, but even after 8 out of shape years, I still consider myself one. May it be so for you, too! Looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

Rachael said...

My sister just ran her first marathon a few weeks ago. It was just three days after her first baby turned one.

brandi said...

i think that goal sounds awesome, and it sounds like you would have such great support.

i've never done a race longer than a 10k, but I want to! You can do it :)

Erica said...

Hey girl! Congrats on the baby :)- you must be very excited. When I started getting into running I read this book and loved it: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Running-Women/dp/0671017039

It has some great training plans in it.

Yes, my dog is an english bulldog :)

dutchgirl said...

I think that sounds fantastic! I found that my endurance level increased quite a bit after having my daughter.

For me, I started really running again when she was about 4 months old. Now I've never been a huge distance runner, so I just ran a few 5Ks over the following year and when she was about 20 months my dh and I ran the Army 10 miler together.

I wasn't fortunate to live by any family and my dh was deployed during my daughter's first year. So getting out of the house with her in the jog stroller was a saving grace!

You'll do great!!

Molly said...

That is too cool, being related to Lorenzo Lamas. I knew I wasn't the only one with famous relatives. Good luck on your pregnancy.
~Molly P

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Polly Farthing said...

My you do have a large bump - how exciting! It's not at all hot here in England sadly but make sure you keep you and the baby cool!

Robin said...

Good luck with the training, that should be loads of fun!

P.S. Is your exersizing dancing strangely around?

:)

Maria Rose said...

Well Robin, I won't lie pregnant dancing is hilarious!

Stacy said...

I really think I should transform myself into a runner too... it never seems to catch. GOOD LUCK... I hope your story can inspire me too.

Emily said...

I think it's a great goal to have. I've only done 5K races, but I'd like to have some sort of physical goal to reach after my little boy comes along.

Josiane said...

Staying in touch with someone through working toward a common goal together is a great idea!

Jaime said...

congratulations on being 1/2 way through pregnancy :) soo exciting!!

that is great about the race-- personally as a runner (even though i've been sidelined for a while due to ITB syndrome)-- i dont really like running races and i never have-- i like to run for myself and its not a place where i like to be competitive.. but to each their own! i think you should definitely go through with the race if you want to !!! xoxoxo

Imene said...

I started training 2 weeks ago and I never was a runner more of a relax and have a glass of wine type ;o)
I follow Jeff Galloway method of walk/run and I'm happy to say that I can run for 30 mn now one small step a lot more to come

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I love the photo in your post - so cute! I love your idea of sharing a common goal with your cousin - good luck!

Nikki Cardigan said...

I think it's perfectly OK to talk about your baby. It is such as amazing time and there is so much to talk about and ask.

The only tip I can offer is to be flexible with your plans and goals. And I don't mean this is a negative way... you may plan too little or plan too much. As a super organised and goal oriented person, my babies have taught me (and are still teaching me!!) flexibility, patience and acceptance!

Val said...

Oh boy - I've done a few tri's and a marathon of two, I love it. It is an awesome way to get back in shape after the baby and to get a little 'me' time in short little bits. Take it slow, don't get worried if it seems hard, it will get easier. ENJOY IT. If you have the right winter gear you will be fine in any temperatues. I actually now think winter is one of my FAVORITE training seasons. No one else out there, just you and the cold open roads! What a great goal to have for after little one comes along!

Oh - and there a TON of online support and training groups. Check them out!

shellyfish said...

How fun that you want to run together. Monsieur Fish only runs to catch the train or to hurry and get to the wine store before it closes (but those are indeed worthy reasons!).
I was always very active (dancer, then yogini and gym rat) but didn't really run until after I had Guppy. I spent most of my pregnancy sitting or lying down because of problems and I would dream of running, I mean literally have dreams about it.
I had a complicated emergency C-Section so I couldn't start running until about 3.5 months after she was born, and that was 4 years ago in September. Just get a good bra if you'll be nursing - and nursing & running was no problem at all! The runner's world web site has lots of great beginners programs & tips to get you started. I also ran with Guppy for a long time - in her stroller - and it was so cool. I miss that.

Robin said...

I can just see you doing it!!

Our Green Nest said...

I started back running probably about a month after my babe was born (but walking probably just a week or so), but I had a natural vaginal birth, a very healthy normal pregnancy and didn't stop running until about 8.5 months along, but still continued otherwise exercising and yoga until she was born. For me, it's a passion :). I would highly recommend yoga if you're not already doing it regularly or daily. It will help a TON during labor. I've done a 1/2, a 10K, and many 5K's...unforunately I sprained my ankle about 3/4 the way through my full marthon training :(...Maybe start with a 5K or 10K if you haven't ran in awhile? It might be a good starting point to motivate you to do something longer. How exciting though! Training for a race is always an incredible push and experience...I'm about to start training for another 10K I think! Good luck!!!! Your belly looks gorgeous by the way.

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