Now what…after training is over

Cookies, potlucks, parties, and travel. There is no denying that we’re in the middle of the holiday season. Unfortunately for me, I’m also at the end of my distance running season. As temptation abounds and my self-control wans, I’m struggling to figure out what do to next.

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve learned that I need a plan. I need to have a schedule to make sure that I don’t slack off on the exercise. In just two months since the marathon, I’ve gone soft. I didn’t really train for the Las Vegas Half, nor have I done much since. I ran a whopping 11.5 miles last week. I can feel the difference in my energy level, my mood and my body. My jeans are a little bit snugger and I just feel blah.

I need an attitude and exercise adjustment. I’m looking for a new routine that will be easy for me to stick with. As much as I dread all of the New Year’s, New You gym joiners, I am going to use it as my reset date. Being realistic, it’s silly for me to try to start a new routine when I’ll be traveling for the next 10 days. When I’m back in town on the 30th though, it’s on.

We have a new cycling studio in town. I bought a discounted five class package to try out. I haven’t done a spin class since my mom was an instructor ages ago. I think it will be a great cross-training activity for me and work my muscles in a new way. Plus they have childcare! Bonus.

We also won a month-long family membership to the local YMCA at a silent auction a few months back. They have a nice big pool for me to get back into swimming. I have new goggles, a swimsuit and no excuses.  They have a ton of group fitness classes as well. I need to work on my strength training, badly. They have a BodyPump-like class that I think will be perfect. When I can’t make that, Jillian Michaels and her No More Trouble Zones may have to do the trick.

Running of course will always be my first love. I want to keep some of my endurance up running a longish run once a week. Last weekend I did seven easy miles. I think I’ll keep these runs between 7-10 miles. Friendly distances.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Mondays-Off
Tuesdays-Run
Wednesdays-Spin/Strength
Thursdays-Run
Fridays-Off
Saturdays-Run
Sundays-Swim/Strength

I should probably check the schedules and times of classes and such, but it seems doable to manage this schedule (or variation of). I’m ready to start the New Year off right.

One thought on “Now what…after training is over

  1. I just feel lazy after the marathon even though I know I’m not. It’s as if the intense workouts warp your brain that it’s normal. You have a great, realistic plan and I think a little group exercise is a great way to renew a love for running. And I’m uber jealous that you have a cycling studio. Hope you and yours have a great Christmas!

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