Thursday, April 4, 2019

Race Goals

After having my baby, race goals were definitely NOT a priority. Being home for Timmy was my priority. I have still kept up with running in that time but definitely not as extreme as before.

Last year I completed one half marathon. I didn't care about my time goal (although we did have a goal in mind as I was running with some friends). Completing my first half marathon post-baby was my goal. It wasn't easy and even being away for my long runs was difficult. I like having "me" time but I still felt guilty.  But I finished the half marathon and even got the goal we wanted. So it was a win-win.

Not too much happened by way of running last year. I tried to get better/faster. But was plagued by a random (not serious) foot issue. I also slept past the triathlon I had signed up for. Let's just keep it at ... uneventful.

This year, I decided to sign up for another half marathon, because it requires effort and training. So when I finish, I feel like I actually accomplished something (no matter how slow I am).

On Saturday, April 6th, I'm running the Milwaukee Half Marathon.  I'm excited about it.  I do have a time goal in mind but I'm happy no matter what (I say that but do I really mean that??). 

BUT...something was still bothering me. I was feeling ... mediocre. I was listening to other people's big goals. I needed something to shake me up. To make me train harder than I was. To make me know that I can do better and be better. My husband says I had a mid-life crisis (since I just turned 40). Regardless... I was feeling blah and needed...something...

So I signed up for the Wisconsin 70.3 in Madison on June 9, 2019. At first, I wasn't going to tell anyone (but my husband, of course). But in true fashion, I blurted it out on my facebook. I'm so weak. 

So I have been swimming, biking, and running for the past 2 months more than I have in a long time (well, my running is the same as just training for the half). But getting up at 4:40 a.m. to swim at 5:00 a.m. on a Monday morning is definitely out of my character. I've spent endless hours on the bike trainer since I live in Chicago and spring never wants to come.  So, even though I might not be training as much as some, or I know that there are things I could improve on, I'm training as much as I can right now given the fact that I still want to be home for my baby. So lots of bike trainer hours are after Timmy goes to bed at night. It's pretty exhausting sometimes. But I know it's temporary and I want to put the work in so that no matter what happens on race day, I know it wasn't from lack of trying.

Wish me luck!