I’ve been on a workout hiatus since 2 weeks before having Joelle so as you can imagine, it’s been on my mind alot. As compared to my C-section with my first, Corrine, this recovery has been much quicker. It’s already been 2 weeks and I feel ready to get back into it. So I want to want to talk about my two fitness loves on today’s post: Running and Les Mills.
First up, running. Now for me running is going to be a double edge sword for me for a while. I’m going to love running again but I’m also going to hate running again. I am essentially starting back at square one as I haven’t really run since December and even then those runs were at a relaxed pace and effort. In fact, I wouldn’t say I’ve been at top running shape since before I had Corrine back in 2013. So it’s going to take alot for me get back to where I want to be. I want to be back at PR shape as I’m hunting down a sub 3:15 for my marathon. And maybe a sub 1:25 for my half (that might be reaching though). I’m sure my first run back will be humbling and hard to get through. Bring it on I say.
What’s the best way to get back into running (or even start running)?
First, start small but think big in the long term. For me, I just need to make time to run. And with two little ones, that will be a challenge. Forget about pace, leave the watch at home. Run a strong, but not too hard, effort with the time you’ve allowed yourself. Think big in the long term. Have a goal in mind. What race would you like to run and when? Without a goal, running could easily be something you’ll let slide. I’ll have my sights well into the future with a fall marathon in 2016. That should give me enough time to get back into a training program.
Second, build a mileage base. Gradually build up and don’t go too far too quick. I know I can’t jump back into running 40 miles a week. I’m going to set a goal for running 3 times a week with a maximum distance of 4 miles per run. You shouldn’t increase mileage more than 10% per week. Gradually increasing your mileage gradually will prevent injuries and keep you running.
Third, enjoy the run. Most runners run because they love the feeling of running. I’m going to use this time to really reflect on why I run. For me, it’s got a lot to do with feeling free, feeling strong and of course the endorphins.
Stay tuned… I think I’ll lace up this weekend for a few miles.
And my other workout love….. Les Mills. Before I had Joelle, I was teaching at least 4 classes a week and loving every minute of it. When I had to stop because it was just getting too hard to teach being that pregnant, something was definitely missing! And when an instructor friend of mine needed a sub for this Sunday, I jumped at the chance to teach. Excited is definitely an understatement!
Some of my participants ask me which is my favorite class to teach. And that’s like asking which kid is your favorite! Mainly because I get something unique out of each kind of class I teach. Check out my fitness page for the classes I teach and why I love them!
So I’m teaching the new releases of BodyCombat and BodyFlow this Sunday and I’ve been cramming new choreography since Tuesday.
Have you tried a Les Mills class (or any other group fitness class for that matter)? Here are some reasons why you should!
- You’ll get a great workout! And I bet it’ll be more fun than that boring old treadmill or elliptical.
- Make the most of your gym membership. You’re already paying for the classes so might as well use it.
- Get results! Trying something new in your workout routine will shake things up and increase your return on results.